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Contact: Christine Beekman, 505-757-7210
Pecos, New Mexico – Pecos National Historical Park invites all 4th grade students to visit the park for free as part of the White House's new Every Kid in a Park program. Fourth grade students may now 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.
"During the National Park Service's centennial celebration, Pecos National Historical Park wants 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 park superintendent Karl Cordova. "We hope these free passes will introduce 4th graders, their classes, and families to Pecos National Historical Park, a place where kids can explore and learn."
Pecos National Historical Park offers a variety of activities that 4th graders and their family can enjoy, including self-guided hikes and a Junior Ranger program. Park hikes include a moderately strenuous 2.25 mile Civil War Battle of Glorieta Pass hike. The Battle of Glorieta was the most north-and-west-located battle fought in the Civil War.
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 voucher. Fourth graders and their families can then print out and trade in this paper voucher at any site to get a durable pass for free entry to national parks and other federal public lands and waters across the country from September 2015 through August 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.
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.