Features October 2017

Every Kid in a Park Program

The Every Kid in a Park program delivers a nationwide call to action to build the next generation of outdoor stewards of our country’s spectacular and diverse federal lands and waters. The program allows fourth graders nationwide to go to ev­erykidinapark.gov and obtain a pass for free entry for them and their families to more than 2,000 federally managed lands and waters nationwide for an entire year.

Fourth graders were selected based on research that showed kids ages 9-11 begin to learn about the world around them. They’re open to new ideas, and they are likely to connect to nature and our history.

Every Kid in a Park began on September 1 and runs until August 31, 2018. Students participate in a fun, educational activity on the Every Kid in a Park website and receive a personalized 4th Grade Annual Pass to print and bring with them to visit public lands. At certain participating sites, fourth graders can also exchange the paper pass for a durable plastic Interagency Annual 4th Grade Pass.

How Does It Work?
Students must be able to print out the paper voucher when they participate in the online activity; the activity cannot be saved and finished later. The paper voucher will contain a unique serial number, which park staff will record upon arrival at a park entrance station or visitor center. The fourth grader must be present.

If you wish to exchange the paper voucher for an attractive, keepsake 4th Grade Annual Pass, visit the Every Kid in a Park website to find a location near you. While this exchange is not mandatory, it is recommended. The 4th Grade Annual Pass is more durable and, to enter some federal lands and waters, the 4th Grade Annual Pass will need to be prominently displayed on the dashboard.

Participating Agencies
The below agencies support the Every Kid in a Park program. Learn more about them and find activities by visiting their websites.

Bureau of Land Management
Bureau of Reclamation National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
National Park Service
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
U.S. Forest Service

For more information about the program and find a park near you, visit Every Kid in a Park.

Written by: Jennifer Solomon

Jennifer Solomon

Jennifer Solomon is the publisher of North Phoenix Family Magazine and the owner of Inspire PR & Marketing, LLC, a public relations and marketing firm. She has more than 17 years of experience in public relations, marketing and event management. Jennifer is a mom of two kids, ages 9 and 11, who inspired her to start a local family-friendly online magazine for other parents. She loves coaching kids in sports, decorating, and gardening. Follow North Phoenix Family on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

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