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Contact: Sonya Popelka, (435) 781-7701
New National Program Encourages Families and Classes to Visit National Parks
Dinosaur, CO & Jensen, UT – Dinosaur National Monument invites all 4th grade students to visit the monument for free as part of the White House's new Every Kid in a Park program. Starting today, 4th grade students can now 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.
"As Dinosaur National Monument prepares to recognize its 100th Anniversary this October and the National Park Service celebrates its centennial in 2016, this is a great time to kick off the Every Kid in A Park initiative and help kids connect with Dinosaur National Monument," stated Monument Superintendent Mark Foust. "During the National Park Service's centennial celebration, we want everyone to get to know their national parks, and we're offering a special invitation to 4th graders and their families to discover everything that national parks offer," said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. "We hope these free passes for 4th graders will introduce 4th graders, their classes, and families to our national treasures, places where they can run and play, explore and learn."
Many kids love dinosaurs and what better place to kindle this interest than a place where they can see and touch real dinosaur bones. Dinosaur National Monument also offers a variety of activities that 4th graders and their family can enjoy, including a guided fossil discovery trail hike, a night sky program, and both guided and self-guided junior ranger programs.
To receive their free pass for national parks, 4th graders can visit the Every Kid in a Park website and play a game to access their special Every Kid in a Park pass. 4th graders and their families can then use this pass for free entry national parks and other federal public lands and waters across the country from September 1st, 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 4th grader in America a free entry pass for national parks and federal public lands and waters, 4th grade educators, youth group leaders and their students across the country will also participate in the program through field trips and other learning experiences. Staff at Dinosaur National Monument are in the process of finishing projects created by our Teacher Ranger Teachers over the past two years which include activity guides for 4th grade teachers and students for the Dinosaur Quarry Exhibit Hall and the Fossil Discovery Trail. 4th grade teachers within an hour drive of the monument can also request a classroom visit from monument staff. Staff will conduct an activity in the classroom, help students complete pass vouchers, and let teachers and students know how they can exchange their voucher for a pass when they visit a national park. Call Sonya Popelka at (435) 781-7701 for more information or to request a visit.
The goal of the Every Kid in a Park program is to connect 4th 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 part 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.
For more information about visiting Dinosaur National Monument, call (435) 781-7700 or follow DinosaurNPS on social media. Don't forget to save the date for our Dinosaur Centennial Weekend on October 2-4, 2015.