Shenandoah National Park, Virginia – We are delighted to help President Obama and the White House kick off the “Every Kid in a Park” program, and we invite fourth graders from around the country to visit Shenandoah National Park for free!
“In celebration of our upcoming Centennial, the National Park Service is offering a special invitation to 4th-graders and their families by making free passes available, encouraging them to explore our public lands throughout the school year,” said Jennifer Flynn, Deputy Superintendent of Shenandoah.
About The Program
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 a national initiative, launched by President Obama, and supported by eight federal agencies, including 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.
How To Get Your Free Pass
To receive their free pass for national parks, 4th-graders should visit the Every Kid in a Park website and play a game to access their special Every Kid in a Park pass. 4th-graders and their families can then use this pass for free entry to 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.
Shenandoah National Park already offers a variety of activities that families can enjoy, including two self-guided TRACK Trails hikes, a birds of prey program, and a junior ranger program. Shenandoah National Park will be reaching out to local schools to help make students and teachers aware of this great opportunity.
“We hope many 4th-graders will take this opportunity to explore Shenandoah National Park and take advantage of the many opportunities to hike, camp, and learn,” said Flynn.
Justine Chorley, Shenandoah National Park at 540-999-3500 ext. 3300
Kathy Moore, Moore Public Relations at 540-886-3131