“Every Kid in a Park”

Forest kid in a park

Santa Fe National Forest Proud to Participate in
“Every Kid in a Park” Initiative

Fourth graders and their families eligible for free access
to many federal lands, waters nationwide

 

Santa Fe, NM – September 11, 2015 – For Immediate Release.  The Santa Fe National Forest invites all fourth-grade students to visit the Every Kid in a Park website to obtain a year-long pass that provides free access to hundreds of national forests, parks and waters for them and their families.

The Every Kid in a Park program is a White House initiative to build the next generation of environmental stewards by giving children a chance to explore, learn and play in America’s great outdoors.  By targeting fourth graders one year at a time, the program ensures that every child in the country has the opportunity to visit public lands and waters by the age of 11.

“By the fourth grade, kids have a good understanding of the importance of nature and the environment,” Santa Fe National Forest Supervisor Maria Garcia said.  “This program builds on that foundation to develop future generations of adults who understand both the challenges and rewards of managing our public lands and natural resources smartly and sustainably.”

The pass is valid for the 2015-2016 school year and grants free entry for fourth graders and three accompanying adults (or everyone in the car for drive-in parks) at more than 2,000 federally managed sites, including national forests, grasslands, parks, monuments, wildlife refuges and waters.

On the Santa Fe National Forest, the pass applies to Forest Service-operated standard amenity fee sites, such as the Battleship Rock picnic area and the Las Conchas day use site on the Jemez Ranger District.  It does not include expanded amenity fee sites, such as fee campgrounds.

Fourth graders can log into www.everykidinapark.gov and complete a short educational activity in order to obtain and print their pass.  Students can also trade in their paper pass for an official access card at participating federal sites nationwide.  Educators can access the site for field trip options and educational activities, and parents can find helpful information about planning trips to public lands.

The Every Kid in a Park program is an Administration-wide effort 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.

For 110 years, the Forest Service has been a leader in environmental education and has a number of programs designed to get people into the woods. The agency reaches an estimated 5 million people with conservation education programs.

For more information about Every Kid in a Park, please visit www.everykidinapark.gov, and follow the program on Twitter @everykidinapark, Facebook, Instagram and Youtube.  For additional information about the Santa Fe National Forest, visit the Santa Fe National Forest website and participate in the conversation at www.facebook.com/santafeNF and @SantafeNF.

 

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