Every Kid in a Park

Last Updated by Nancy Rogan on

Kids need to get outside.  A 2010 Kaiser Family Foundation study found that young people now devote an average of more than seven hours a day to electronic media use, or about 53 hours a week – more than a full-time job.  Additionally, many youth in urban areas do not have access to safe outdoor spaces.

And the White House is helping.  They are giving children and their families the opportunity to visit and see any national park in the United States.

Earlier this year the U.S. Department of Education announced the “Every Kid in a Park” initiative, which will help get all kids to go and enjoy the outdoors. Next year will mark the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.This September, every fourth-grade student in the United States will receive an “Every Kid in a Park” pass for free admission for them and their families to all of the federal lands and water for a year.

To make it even more accessible and possible for children to visit these places, some grants will be made available to help arrange field trips and cover transportation costs for those in need.

To learn more about the initiative, check out the White House blog or the National Park Foundation.

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