Every Kid in a Park
This year President Obama launched “Every Kid in a Park”, a program that provides all fourth grade students and their families with free admission to the National Parks and other federal lands and waters for one year. This initiative demonstrates the President’s commitment to protect the Nation’s unique outdoor environments and ensures that every American has an opportunity to visit and enjoy them!
Research indicates that 80% of American families live in urban areas many of which are disconnected from the natural world. An alarming figure – today’s youth spend an extraordinary amount of time connected to electronic technology logging more than seven hours each day (2010 Kaiser Foundation).
More than ever there is no time like the present to take advantage of all that nature has to offer and provide opportunities for the next generation to discover and build upon critical skills and hands-on activities.
As a part of this program, the administration will: make it easy for schools and families to plan trips, provide transportation to support schools with the most need, and to provide educational materials.
Learn more about “Every Kid in a Park”.
Go Find Your Park
As the National Park Service prepares for their 100th birthday celebration in 2016, a new campaign spearheaded by First Lady Michelle Obama and former First Lady Laura Bush, #FindYourPark, was launched. This initiative encourages Americans to connect with the Nation’s treasures of parks and public lands. For some this may be their first time and for others it may be a part of a long tradition.
The hope of this campaign is to inspire Americans including the next generation of park visitors, supporters, and advocates as the National Park Service prepares for the next 100 years of conservation, education, and service.
Learn more at FindYourPark – featuring ways to find your park, share park experiences and memories, and check out other shared stories.
So what are you waiting for? Get out there and explore!