Park Pass Gives Fourth Graders Access to American’s Natural Wonders

By Zach Stone

Calling all fourth graders to America’s public lands! Last year, to help engage and create the next generation of public land visitors, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) participated in the Every Kid in a Park program in partnership with other federal land management agencies. It was a big success and is continuing in its second year! The program’s goal is a broad one: to provide an opportunity for each and every fourth grade student across the country to experience their federal public lands and waters in person.

If you are in the fourth grade (or home-school/free choice equivalent, and 9 to 11 years old), you can participate in a fun online activity and receive a voucher for a free fourth-grade pass. Print out the pass and take it with you to national parks, forests, monuments, and historic sites across the United States for free entrance admission.

The pass is good for your entire fourth grade year – from September 1 through August 31.

There are many places where you can use this annual pass, like the Rio Chama Wild and Scenic River, Orilla Verde Recreation Area, Wild Rivers Recreation Areas, and Santa Cruz Lake.

By introducing fourth graders to public lands in their backyards and beyond at an early age, the innovative Every Kid in a Park program delivers a nationwide call to action to build the next generation of outdoor stewards of America’s spectacular and diverse federal lands and waters. Connecting the nation’s youth to the great outdoors is even more important at a time when 80 percent of American families live in cities. A goal of this annual program is to inspire successive generations to become responsible stewards of our nation’s natural and cultural heritage.

Contact the Taos Field Office at 575-758-8851 for more information… or Zach Stone, Public Affairs Specialist at 505-564-7677 or zstone@blm.gov for questions about the Every Kid in a Park program.

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