Santa Fe Public Schools Fourth Graders Receive Free Passes to the Great Outdoors

Contact(s): Julie Anne Overton

Santa Fe, NM – Oct. 30, 2019 For the second year in a row, the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) and the Santa Fe Public Schools (SFPS) collaborated to put an “Every Kid Outdoors” pass in every fourth grader’s hand, giving the students and their families free access to hundreds of national forests, parks and waters over the 2019-2020 school year.

The federal initiative, originally called “Every Kid in a Park,” was created in 2015 to encourage kids to explore, learn and play in America’s great outdoors. The program targets fourth graders so every child in America has the opportunity to visit national forests, parks and historic sites by the age of 11. The SFNF issued more than 1,000 passes to 20 SFPS elementary schools.

“The memory of visiting a spectacular site like the Grand Canyon will stay with a 10-year-old for the rest of his or her life,” SFNF Forest Supervisor James Melonas said. “But having a free invitation to spend time on the forest that’s right outside your back door has the potential to create a lifelong passion for protecting our public spaces. By getting every kid outdoors, we hope to create the next generation of environmental stewards.”

“A meaningful education in New Mexico can take place inside and outside the classroom,” said Santa Fe Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Veronica C. Garcia. “We are thrilled to, once again, participate in the Every Kid Outdoors initiative. Our students are so fortunate to have the opportunity to see the natural beauty around them, regardless of their socioeconomic background. Our national lands are for everyone to enjoy.” 

Equivalent to the Interagency Annual Passes which sell for $80, the Every Kid Outdoors passes admit fourth graders and their families to National Park Service and Fish and Wildlife Service sites that charge entrance fees. The pass also covers standard amenity fees at Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation and US Army Corps of Engineers sites. The pass does not cover expanded amenity fees such as camping, boat launch or special tours. Sites managed by private operators may not honor the pass, so it is advisable to check with the site in advance.

Every fourth grader in America can obtain an Every Kid Outdoors pass. Individual paper passes with a unique code can be obtained through the Every Kid Outdoors website and printed from a computer. Visit the Every Kid Outdoors website for more information.

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