It’s time for all fourth graders and their families to claim their free Every Kid Outdoors pass, which allows free entry into all federally managed parks, forests, and recreation areas for a full year.
Each year starting September 1st, fourth graders can print out a paper voucher for free entry into all federal lands by visiting the Every Kid Outdoors website at www.everykidoutdoors.gov. Students and their families can redeem their paper voucher for a plastic pass at any Malheur National Forest office and all federal agencies. The voucher and passes are valid September 1, 2019-August 31, 2020.
The Forest Service is partnering with schools and educators across Oregon and Washington to plan Every Kid Outdoors events in local communities and distribute passes at schools and events this fall. For more information on upcoming Every Kid Outdoors events, contact your local forest.
Teachers or adults who engage fourth-graders through a youth-serving organization can print paper passes, and find activities and lesson plans, at www.everykidoutdoors.gov/get-your- pass/educator.
The Every Kid Outdoors initiative encourages valuable opportunities to explore, learn, and play in the spectacular places that belong to us all and aims to inspire future generations to serve as stewards of these places. Research shows that children ages 9-11 are at a unique developmental stage in their learning where they begin to understand how the world around them works in more concrete ways. By targeting fourth graders, the program works to ensure every child in the U.S. has the opportunity to visit and enjoy their public lands by the time he or she is 11 years old. For more information, visit www.everykidoutdoors.gov.
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