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   May 27

Free Parks for 4th Grade Families 2015-2016


A recreation area in Olympic National Park. Credit Dawn Kish

Next school year, fourth graders in the United States and their families will be entitled to free admission to America’s national parks, federal lands and waters.

The program is part of the White House’s “Every Kid in the Park” initiative, in collaboration with the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation.

“In many provinces in Canada, ski resorts give a free season pass to a particular age of child, and the objective is to introduce kids to outdoor recreation with a view that this will be on their radar,” Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said. “It’s the same basic principle.”

Beginning in the 2015-16 school year, students can sign up online to receive a voucher that grants entrance to the holder and a carload of passengers to federal recreation areas for a year.

“There’s a difference between seeing a grizzly bear and two cubs on TV and on a screen and seeing them there,” in the park, said Dan Wenk, the interim president of the National Park Foundation.


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