Have you heard about the #EveryKidInAPark program?
If you have not, you really should read this and get your FREE pass!
The #EveryKidInAPark program grants a year’s worth of FREE access to all national parks, national monuments and more than 2,000 federal recreation areas in the United States for children currently in the fourth grade and their parents, teachers and other educators.
“Every Kid In A Park program offers access to units and public lands managed by the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Forest Service, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.” www.everykidinapark.gov
The program builds on a movement to curb the downturn in park attendance, as well as stewardship, in U.S. public lands by the younger generation. By making all national parks and public lands accessible to every fourth grader in the country, the primary goal of this program is to allow children and their families the opportunity to explore and learn about nature and the outdoors without the financial burden.
Why fourth graders?
No one is really quite sure why, but educational studies suggest that children in fourth grade have reached a point in their brain and mental development where they are increasingly more curious about the world around them. This curiosity results in a very positive reaction to learning, and especially in learning about nature and science.
From an educator’s point of view, this means that fourth graders are easy to work with, and their spark for learning is increased. Before fourth grade, children don’t have the capacity to experience science and nature with the same amount of curiosity, and after fourth grade, kids loose this enthusiasm.
Another positive to offering this program to fourth graders is that is works directly with their national, and Common Core education standards. National science standards for 4th graders, have them learning all about the Earth. A bulk of this science programing focuses on rocks, fossils and how Earth fits in the Universe. This curriculum ties perfectly with what children learn when they visit national parks.
Of course, this curriculum only works, and it only makes a strong impact on your child, if there is support from not only their teachers, but also from their parents, siblings and family. The Every Kid in a Park program is perfect for getting the whole family involved in learning about nature, science and our Earth.
How to get your Every Kid in the Park Pass
The Every Kid In A Park website makes getting your free national parks pass super easy! Your fourth grader can obtain the pass at: https://www.everykidinapark.gov/
Once on the site, click on the “Get Your Pass” button to proceed. You and your fourth grader will complete an adventure diary. In this task, your child is asked to select an option for a national park adventure, and what kind of activity they participate in while on their trip. Once you’ve answered a couple general questions you will enter your zip code. That’s it!
You can then download and print your pass right from your home computer. Passes are good from September 1st of each year to August 31st of the following year, and your child must be a current 4th grader to get the pass.
With the Every Kid in a Park pass, your fourth grader, their siblings and up to three adults can gain free entrance into any National Park. This works at pay per vehicle parks as well, so long as you are in a private, non-commercial vehicle. This only works however, if your fourth grader is with you, so don’t try to have a parent’s only vacation!
So get involved! Get your pass and help spread the word! Since not all families have the same access to computers, social media and the internet, it’s your job to help spread the word. Make sure that your child’s friends and their parents know about the program, and spread the word to their teachers too! Make sure that all of your child’s classmates have the opportunity to experience nature and science through our national parks, monuments and federal lands.
Remember – Your FREE fourth grade National Parks pass is only valid from the September 1st you start fourth grade to August 31st of the next year.
Sign up today!! Help us to create a new generation of individuals that are engaged with nature, our national historic places and all of the things that make our beautiful nation so special. To learn more about Every Kid in a Park, visit www.everykidinapark.gov.
“Because no matter who you are, no matter where you live, our parks, our monuments, our lands, our waters — these places are your birthright as Americans.” -PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA- everykidinapark.org
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