Free outdoor recreation passes available for fourth graders, their families

  • Fri Sep 8th, 2017 12:08pm
  • News

It’s back to school time. And with the start of the new school year, it’s also time for all fourth graders and their families to claim their Every Kid in a Park pass which allows free entry into all federal parks, forests and recreation areas for a full year.

Starting Sept. 1, fourth graders can print out a paper voucher for free entry into all federal lands by visiting the Every Kid in a Park website . Students and their families can redeem their paper voucher for a plastic pass at any Forest Service office. For office locations, visit fs.usda.gov/r6/. The voucher and passes are valid for the entire school year, Sept. 1 to Aug. 31, 2018.

Teachers or adults who engage fourth-graders through a youth-serving organization can print paper passes, and find activities and lesson plans, at everykidinapark.gov/get-your-pass/educator.

More than 80 percent of American families live in urban areas, and many lack easy access to safe outdoor spaces. At the same time, kids are spending more hours than ever in front of screens instead of outside. The Every Kid in a Park initiative encourages valuable opportunities to explore, learn and play in the spectacular places and aims to inspire future generations to serve as stewards of these places. Research shows that children ages 9 to 11 are at a unique developmental stage in their learning where they begin to understand how the world around them works in more concrete ways. By targeting fourth graders, the program works to ensure every child in the U.S. has the opportunity to visit and enjoy their public lands by the time he or she is 11 years old. For more information, visit everykidinapark.gov.