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Contact: Tricia Ford, (530) 242-3412
Fourth Graders and their Families Eligible for Free Access to Public Lands and Waters Nationwide.
Whiskeytown encourages all fourth graders and their families to visit the park for free this 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 public lands and waters nationwide for a year. Visit www.EveryKidinaPark.gov to download the pass and get more information.
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.
The spring is the perfect time to bring 4th grade students to Whiskeytown to participate in the park's popular Gold Rush program. Held in the Tower House Historic District, this two hour educational adventure explores the historical significance of the area and how it relates to the California Gold Rush. Included are a tour of the historic Camden House; a short hike through the woods to a historic gold mine and stamp mill; and an opportunity for students to pan for gold in Clear Creek. The material presented aligns with the California Common Core State Standard for 4th grade history. This year teaches will be encouraged to assist students with obtaining their free passes so they can have follow-up visits with their families. For more information about this program, please contact Park Ranger Matt Switzer at (530) 242-3454.
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 three 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 pass, and additional information in both English and Spanish. After completing a fun educational activity, the child can download and print a pass. The paper pass 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 spaces 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 friends and family, 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 land 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 @everykidinapark, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. For additional information about Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, please visit www.nps.gov/whis.