September 15, 2016
Contact: Jason A. Ginder
Conservation and education groups from across the Houston area have come together to provide FREE field trip opportunities to over 16,000 fourth grade students during the 2016-2017 academic school year. The Every Kid in a Park - Houston Focus City Project, a partnership between federal, state, and local agencies and various other local organizations, was awarded $150,000 by the National Park Foundation to facilitate field trips for fourth grade students from Title 1 schools to public lands and waters in their communities.
Over 15 Houston-based organizations have come together in support of this project. Through this partnership, educators will be provided a comprehensive online resource for nature based field trip experiences in the region and Title 1 Schools in designated districts funding for bus transportation to the field trip sites. For more information, educators may visit www.esc4.net/EKIP .
The newly expanded Every Kid in a Park website (www.EveryKidinaPark.gov) has links to educational activities, trip planning, field trip options, and additional information in both English and Spanish. After completing a fun educational activity, each child can download and print a pass to their national public lands and waters. The paper pass can be traded for a more durable pass at participating federal sites nationwide.
Every Kid in a Park is part of President Obama’s commitment to protect our nation’s unique outdoor spaces and ensure that every American has the opportunity to visit and enjoy them. The program, now entering its second year, is a call to action for children to experience America’s spectacular outdoors, rich history and culture.
Every Kid in a Park is a crucial component of a multi-pronged approach to inspire the next generation to discover all that our nation’s public lands and waters have to offer, including opportunities to be active, spend time with friends and family outdoors, and serve as living classrooms to build critical skills.
By introducing fourth graders to public lands in their backyards and beyond at an early age, the innovative Every Kid in a Park program delivers a nationwide call to action to build the next generation of outdoor stewards of our country’s spectacular and diverse federal lands and waters.
The Every Kid in a Park program is an administration-wide effort between the Department of the Interior, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of the Army, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.