Fewer and fewer young people are visiting national parks or even provided with an opportunity to experience open spaces. But entrance into a national park costs way less than admission to Disneyland, and it’s more entertaining than a day on the couch with a Mario Bros. video game.
In addition, 80 percent of America’s children live in urban areas. With a goal of luring more youngsters — and their parents — to visit a national park, President Obama last month announced the Every Kid in a Park initiative that will provide every fourth-grader in the country a park pass good for one full year of free access to the nation’s public lands. The passes will be distributed in September 2015.
The initiative is an administration-wide effort among the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, Department of Education, Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service, and Bureau of Reclamation.
This is quite the deal, considering that the children and their families receive free access to all federal recreation sites throughout the country. This pass, when purchased, costs $80.