Fourth Graders Get Every Kid in a Park Passes, Ride Amtrak to a National Park

Fourth graders at an event in Hamilton Grange National Memorial hold up their Every Kid in a Park passes.
Fourth graders at an event in Hamilton Grange National Memorial hold up their Every Kid in a Park passes.


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News Release Date: May 16, 2016

Contact: For NPS: John Warren, 917-829-0425

Contact: For Amtrak: Craig Schulz,

Students at Newark's Ivy Hill Elementary to visit African Burial Ground NM

WHAT: A fourth grade class at Ivy Hill Elementary School, a public school in Newark, New Jersey, will collect Every Kid in a Park passes on the train to New York Penn Station on their way to visiting African Burial Ground National Monument in lower Manhattan.

The White House Every Kid in a Park (EKiP) initiative provides all fourth grade students and their families free admission to national parks and other federal lands and waters. New York State parks are also honoring the pass. Amtrak will offer students with EKIP passes a 75% discount on train fares through this summer. To apply for a free pass, visit

WHEN: Monday, May 23, 2016. Students arrive at African Burial Ground National Monument and will be available for a photo opportunity. While students tour the Visitor Center, a tour of the outdoor monument wilol take place for adults. Students will see the outdoor memorial around 2 P.M.

WHERE: Press is invited to meet us at the Visitor Center of African Burial Ground National Monument, located at 290 Broadway, New York, NY. (NOTE: This site is closed to regular visitors on Monday. Press must RSVP or show credentials. As always, everyone entering the Visitor Center must pass through airport-style security.)

WHO: Students from Ivy Hill Elementary School, park rangers and officials, Amtrak officials.

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Last updated: May 16, 2016

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