Under the new ‘Every Kid In A Park’ program, all 4th graders and their families get to visit Bandelier and more than 2,000 other federal recreation areas for free. Courtesy/NPS
Under a new program called Every Kid In A Park, Bandelier National Monument and more than 2,000 other federal recreation areas are inviting all 4th graders and their families to visit the parks for free.
All students who will be in fourth grade when school begins this fall, including home schoolers, can now go to www.everykidinapark.gov, complete an activity and obtain a free annual pass to national recreation lands nationwide. Then the students and their families can use the pass for free entry to national parks and other federal public lands and waters across the country through Aug. 31, 2016.
Teachers also can arrange for students in fourth grade classes to get the passes.
As a part of the upcoming 100th birthday of the National Park Service in 2016, Every Kid in a Park is an effort to encourage young people 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 get personally acquainted with America’s outdoors, rich history and many cultures.
“Places like Bandelier National Monument have so much to offer to young people and their families,” Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott said. “Every Kid in a Park is a great opportunity for families to get out and enjoy the historic sites, lakes, seashores, wildlife refuges, mountains, canyons, and all the other great places that belong to all of us.”
Every Kid in a Park is an administration-wide effort among the National Park Service, Forest Service, Department of Education, Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Reclamation, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, along with the National Park Foundation.
For more information, visit www.everykidinapark.gov, and follow the program on Twitter @everykidinapark, on Facebook, on Instagram and Youtube. For information on Bandelier National Monument, check the park website at nps.gov/band, the Facebook page at BandelierNPS, or call the Visitor Center at 505.672.3861 x 517.