National Park Foundation launches “Every Kid in a Park” welcoming 4 million 4th graders to national parks
GritoBlast! President Obama announced “Every Kid in a Park,” a new initiative geared toward introducing America’s youth and their families to public lands and waters. The national program seeks to connect four million 4th graders with these treasured places in the 2015-16 academic year, coinciding with the National Park Service Centennial celebration.
Currently, the National Park Foundation’s Open Outdoors for Kids initiative supports Every Kid in a Park by eliminating barriers that prevent America’s youth from visiting their national parks. The National Park Foundation does this by providing the much-needed funds to make national park field trips, citizen science projects, Junior Ranger activities, experiential learning opportunities, and more possible. Over the last three years, National Park Foundation grants have made it possible for more than 200,000 students to visit their national parks.
“Thanks to our public-private partnerships, we are able to open up a world of experiential learning in our nation’s largest classrooms – our national parks. Every Kid in a Park will enhance this important work and will give many youth and their families the opportunity to explore our national parks for the first time. This aligns perfectly with our mission as we focus on engaging the next generation of park stewards as well as those who already know and love the parks,” said Dan Wenk, president of the National Park Foundation.
This initiative advances the National Park Foundation and National Park Service’s centennial goal of connecting with and creating the next generation of national park visitors, supporters, and advocates.