Every Kid in a Park

Four million 4th graders and their guests get free admission to their Great Outdoors the entire 2015-16 school year

Read the full White House press release here

To help engage and create the next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates, the White House and FICOR agencies officially launched the Every Kid in a Park initiative September 1. The initiative will provide an opportunity for each and every 4th grade student and their guests across the country to experience their public lands and waters in person throughout the 2015-2016 school year.

Every Kid in a Park ensures every child in the U.S. has the opportunity to visit and enjoy their federal lands and waters by the time he or she is 11 years old.  Fourth graders were selected for a number of reasons:

  • Children who interact with nature and natural areas before ages 11 are more likely to have positive attitudes toward nature and the environment

  • 4th grade is the last opportunity to capture “one teacher” classrooms

  • Federal lands and waters have educational programs that serve fourth grade students

  • Manageable logistics with elementary and afterschool programs

  • Youngest age brackets increasingly reflect the diversity of the nation

A major component of Every Kid in a Park are return visits by 4th graders and their families.  NPHA members will play a key role in furthering the connection forged through classroom visits by providing services and activities enjoyable by people of all ages and outdoor experience levels.

What Can You Do to Help?
Print. Make computers and printers available to help kids get their paper voucher.
Connect Every Kid in a Park to activities you are already doing.
Create community-wide youth group partnerships to get every kid in every public land.
“Adopt” a class, school, youth group, or community.
Develop local partnerships—weekend or school day efforts and common branding.
Host an event to get families outside.
Provide or seek transportation support.
“Honor” the pass at concession booths with discounts and gifts.
Reduce fees when a fourth grader shows his or her pass.
Work with local educators.
Engage local elected officials, other dignitaries, and stakeholders.
Encourage your city’s school community to get kids outside.
Create a “statement of support” and make it public.
Amplify through social media, marketing, and website links.
Tell us what you are already doing with fourth graders. We want to help you tell others.

The Every Kid in a Park program is an Administration-wide effort administered in partnership with the Department of the Interior, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Education, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The program is part of an overall strategy by the Obama Administration to engage young people from all ages and all backgrounds with the great outdoors.  This includes the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps, a bold national effort to put thousands of young people and veterans to work protecting, restoring and enhancing America’s public lands and waters. In addition, First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Outside initiative is committed to getting millions of young people to play, learn, serve and work in America’s great outdoors.

For more information, visit www.everykidinapark.gov, and follow the program on Twitter @everykidinapark, on Facebook, on Instagramand Youtube.

 

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