Gettysburg and Eisenhower Parks Begin “Every Kid in a Park” Initiative on September 1

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Date: August 28, 2015
Contact: Katie Lawhon, 717-338-4402

The David Wills House at Gettysburg National Military Park and the Eisenhower National Historic Site invite all 4th grade students to visit for free, as part of the White House's new "Every Kid in a Park" program. Starting Sept. 1, 4th-grade students can go to to complete an activity and obtain a free annual entry pass to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including national parks.

"We are looking forward to hosting as many of the 4th graders and their families as are able to visit our national parks," said Ed Clark, superintendent of Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site. This free opportunity includes entrance to the David Wills House at Gettysburg National Military Park and the Eisenhower National Historic Site. Fees will still be charged for the film, cyclorama painting and museum exhibits at the park Museum and Visitor Center, and as always, entrance to Gettysburg National Military Park remains free to all.

This special program at Gettysburg and Eisenhower parks has been made possible by the Gettysburg Foundation and Gettysburg Tours, Inc. Free entrance for 4th graders to the David Wills House and Eisenhower National Historic Site begins September 1, 2015 and lasts for one year.

"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."

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. Fourth graders and their families can then use this pass for free entry to national parks and other federal public lands and waters across the country from Sept. 1, 2015 through Aug. 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 can also participate in the program through field trips and other learning experiences. The program is an important part of the National Park Service's centennial celebration in 2016, which encourages everyone to Find Your Park.

Gettysburg National Military Park is a unit of the National Park Service that preserves and protects the resources associated with the Battle of Gettysburg and the Soldiers' National Cemetery, and provides an understanding of the events that occurred there within the context of American history. Information is available at

Eisenhower National Historic Site preserves and interprets the home and the farm as a fitting and enduring tribute to the life, work, and times of General Dwight David Eisenhower and to the events of far reaching importance which occurred on the property. Learn more at

Last updated: September 1, 2015

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