James A. Garfield National Historic Site Launches Second Year of Every Kid in a Park Pass
Receives Field Trip Grant from the National Park Foundation for 2016-2017 School Year
James A. Garfield National Historic Site in Mentor encourages all fourth graders to visit the park for free during the 2016-2017 school year as part of the Every Kid in a Park program. The program gives fourth grade students, and those accompanying them, free access to more than 2,000 federally managed lands and waters. Visit www.everykidinapark.gov to download a voucher for a free pass and obtain more information.
“There’s so much to discover at James A. Garfield National Historic Site, and we’re excited to welcome fourth graders and their families throughout the year,” said Site Manager Todd Arrington. “We hope that our young visitors learn about and are inspired by President Garfield’s life and develop a lifelong connection to our nation’s history.”
James A. Garfield National Historic Site was selected to receive a 2017 field trip grant from the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, to support the Every Kid in a Park program.The grant is part of the Foundation’s Open Outdoors for Kids program. James A. Garfield National Historic Site will use the grant to provide transportation funding for rural Ashtabula County students and those from other schools in disadvantaged areas to visit the Site as well as have a National Park Ranger come to their classroom for a program day. During this classroom visit, rangers will provide the free 4th grade pass to every student. Teachers may contact Park Ranger Allison Powell at 440-255-8722 x1229 or firstname.lastname@example.org for program details and transportation assistance eligibility.
“These grants are planting the seeds for lifelong relationships with national parks and their programs,” said Will Shafroth, president of the National Park Foundation. “By providing access to transformative experiences like visiting a presidential home or walking the halls of a school that tells a civil rights story, these children are forever impacted. We appreciate the power of national parks and, through our support, the National Park Foundation hopes to share them with as many kids as possible.”
The Every Kid in a Park pass—which features a new design for this year’s students—is valid for a full calendar year starting September 1. The pass grants free entry for fourth graders and up to four accompanying adults (or an entire car for drive-in parks) to most federally managed lands and waters, including national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, and marine sanctuaries.
The newly expanded Every Kid in a Park website has links to educational activities, trip planning, field trip options, the downloadable voucher, and additional information in both English and Spanish. After completing a fun educational activity, the child can download and print a voucher. The paper voucher 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 and historically significant places 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 family and friends, and serve as living classrooms to build critical skills.
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.
The program continues each year with the then-current group of fourth graders. After 12 years, every school-age child in America will have had an opportunity to visit their public lands and waters for free, inspiring the next generation to be stewards of our nation’s shared natural and cultural heritage.
For more information, please visit www.everykidinapark.gov and follow the program on Twitter at @everykidinapark, Facebook, Instagram, and You Tube.
James A. Garfield National Historic Site is located at 8095 Mentor Avenue (U.S. 20) in Mentor, Ohio, approximately 25 miles east of Cleveland.The site offers guided tours of the Garfield home, museum exhibits, and an introductory film.The National Park Service completely restored the house in the late 1990s, making it one of the most impressive presidential homes preserved for the public. For information call (440) 255-8722, write 8095 Mentor Avenue, Mentor, OH 44060, or visit www.nps.gov/jaga on the Internet.Find the site on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GarfieldNPS and follow the site on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GarfieldNPS.Read the site’s blog at www.garfieldnps.wordpress.com.