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Contact: Susan Fritzke
Martinez, CA – John Muir National Historic Site invites all 4th grade students to visit the park 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.
“This is an exciting time as the National Park Service begins its centennial celebration. We’re offering a special invitation to 4thgraders and their families to discover everything that national parks offer, including campfire programs, night sky astronomy, full moon walks, and Junior Ranger activities here at John Muir NHS,” said Acting Superintendent Sue Fritzke.
To receive their free pass for national parks, fourth 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 for 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 America 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. Educators working with fourth graders are welcome to participate in our ranger-led interactive curriculum-based field trip programs at John Muir National Historic Site. Please contact the park at (925) 228-8860 ext. 0 or email park ranger e-mail us.
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 administration-wide effort, launched by President Obama, and supported by 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.