EVERY KID IN A PARK

Photo: USFWS Photo by Larry Lernigan

Photo: USFWS Photo by Larry Lernigan

There are over 84 million acres of spectacular scenery and historic landmarks in America's national parks, 43,000 miles of shoreline, 27,000 historic and prehistoric structures, 17,000 miles of land and water trails.  And did you know that U.S. national parks are home to the largest trees in the world? 

Beginning September 1st, 2015 all kids in the fourth grade and their families will get free admission to national parks, national forests, national wildlife refuges and more until August 31, 2016.  This program is aimed at engaging every 4th grade student across the country to experience America's national treasures. 

So how does it work?  If you are a fourth grader or an educator of fourth grade students you need to register at http://everykidinapark.gov to obtain your pass.  Follow the sites easy steps, and once you register and obtain your pass, you need to print your pass and bring it with you when you visit.  Each pass has a unique code which belongs only to the registered student - so it can't be copied and given to friends!. 

Children listen to President Abraham Lincoln reenactore in a courthouse lobby.  Photo: NPS

Children listen to President Abraham Lincoln reenactore in a courthouse lobby.  Photo: NPS

Last year the number of visitors to our national parks set an all-time record of 292.8 million visitors and the hope is that the number continues to grow over the next two years with this program as the U.S. National Park service celebrates its centennial.  

 

Photo: USFWS photo by Carl Zitsman

Photo: USFWS photo by Carl Zitsman

Photo: NPS, Lewis and Clark National Historic Park

Photo: NPS, Lewis and Clark National Historic Park