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Contact: Visitor Center, 435-425-4111Capitol Reef National Park invites all fourth grade students and their families to visit the park for free as part of the White House's new Every Kid in a Park program. Starting September 1, 2015, 4th grade students can go to www.everykidinapark.gov to complete an activity and obtain a free annual entry pass to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including national parks.
"During the National Park Service's centennial celebration, we want everyone to get to know their national parks better, and we're offering a special invitation to fourth graders and their families to spend more time in Capitol Reef," says Superintendent Leah McGinnis.
Fourth graders and their families can enjoy Earth Science Week activities at the Ripple Rock Nature Center October 16-18, 2015, then continue their visit with hikes, ranger-led programs, and the park's Junior Ranger booklet.
To receive their free pass for national parks, fourth graders can visit www.everykidinapark.gov and play a game to access their special Every Kid in a Park pass. Fourth graders and their families can the use this pass for free entry into national parks and other federal public lands and waters across the country from September 1, 2015 through August 31, 2016. The website also includes fun and engaging learning activities aligned to educational standards, trip planning tools, safety and packing tips, and other important and helpful information for educators and parents.
In addition to providing every fourth grader in the United States a free entry pass for national parks and federal public lands and waters, fourth grade educators, youth group leaders and their students across the country will also participate in the program through field trips and other learning experiences.
The goal of the Every kid in a Park program is to connect fourth graders with the great outdoors and inspire them to become future environmental stewards, ready to preserve and protect national parks and other public lands for years to come. The program is an important park of the National Park Service's centennial celebration in 2016, which encourages everyone to Find Your Park.
Every Kid in a Park is an administrative-wide effort, launched by President Obama, and supported by eight federal agencies, including the National Park Service, the Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, Department of Education, Fish and Wildlife Service, Forest Service, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.