Living in Arizona, we are surrounded by national parks. Everyone knows the Grand Canyon, but there is also the Petrified Forest and Saguaro National Parks. Heading into Utah and California, there are many more and all are great to visit, which is making me wish that my son was in 4th grade this year.
What’s so special about 4th graders this year?
The National Park Foundation has recently announced its Every Kid in a Park initiative. With this program, every 4th grader in the U.S. is eligible for a free pass to the National Parks. It is good for the 4th grader and his or her family. Plus, it’s not only good for national parks, but also for national forests, national wildlife refuges, and more.
According to the National Park Foundation, “To help engage and create our next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates, we are kicking off the Every Kid in a Park initiative. The immediate goal is to provide an opportunity for each and every 4th grade student across the country to experience their public lands and waters in person throughout the 2015-2016 school year.”
The pass will be good from September 1, 2015 through August 31, 2016. For more information, visit www.nationalparks.org.