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Contact: Kristy Sholly, (907) 422-0530
Kenai Fjords National Park is proud to launch the Every Kid in a Park program, as part of President Obama's commitment to protect our nation's unique outdoor spaces and ensure that every American has the opportunity to visit and enjoy them.
President Obama publicly kicked off this program during his historic visit to the park and Seward on Tuesday, September 1. Seward Elementary fourth grade student Samantha Insalaco and her teacher Jenna Fabian walked and conversed with the President in the Exit Glacier area. Afterwards, Samantha completed her Junior Ranger booklet and received her Junior Ranger badge.
"There's a lot to discover and experience at Kenai Fjords National Park," stated Superintendent Rebecca Lasell. "We were honored to have hosted President Obama, and to launch this national program that will help connect our next generation of stewards to the national parks."
Fourth graders nationwide can now visit the new Every Kid in a Park website to complete a fun educational activity to print a pass that provides free access to students and their families in all federal managed lands and waters –including national parks, forests and wildlife refuges. The pass is valid for the 2015-2016 school year and grants free entry for fourth graders and three accompanying adults (or an entire care for drive-in parks) at more than 2,000 federally managed units.
Students can trade in their paper pass for an official access card at participating federal sites nationwide.Educators and community leaders can access educational activities, field trip options, and the ability to print passes for their classrooms. Parents can find additional links for information on planning trips to nearby public lands.For additional information about the park, visit the website at www.nps.gov/kefj, call (907) 422-0500 Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, or check out the park's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/kenaifjordsnationalpark.