Saguaro National Park participates in Every Kid In a Park initiative

Saguaro National Park participates in Every Kid In a Park initiative

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Saguaro National Park invites all 4th grade students to visit the park for free as part of the White House's new Every Kid in a Park program.

Starting September 1, 4th grade students can go to to complete an activity and obtain a free annual entry pass to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including all 408 national parks.

"During the National Park Service's centennial celebration, we want everyone to get to know their national parks, and we're offering a special invitation to fourth graders and their families to discover everything that national parks offer," said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. "We hope these free passes for fourth graders will introduce 4th graders, their classes, and families to our national treasures, places where they can run and play, explore and learn."

Saguaro National Park, with support from Friends of Saguaro National Park, National Park Foundation – Ticket to Ride Program, and Western National Parks Association, is getting ready to welcome every 4th grader into the park this year through education programs and family programs", according to Darla Sidles, Superintendent of Saguaro National Park. "Our staff is working to ensure that every 4th grader and their family who wants to visit their park or any federal recreation area, has that opportunity."

Every Kid In A Park passes waive entrance fees to all 408 national park sites across the country, including Saguaro, Grand Canyon, and Petrofied Forest National Parks, and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. They also waive fees for U.S.Forest Service sites, such as Mount Lemmon, Madera Canyon, Red Rock District near Sedona, and Sabino Canyon, here locally.

"There are so many places within a day's drive of Tucson," said Sidles. "This pass encourages all families and youth leaders with kids in 4th grade this year, to get out there and explore your public lands."

To receive their free pass for national parks, fourth graders can visit the Every Kid in a Park website and play a game to access their special Every Kid in a Park pass. Fourth graders and their families can then use this pass for free entry national parks and other federal public lands and waters across the country from September 1, 2015 through August 31, 2016. The website also includes fun and engaging learning activities aligned to educational standards, trip planning tools, safety and packing tips and other important and helpful information for educators and parents.

In addition to providing every fourth grader in America a free entry pass for national parks and federal public lands and waters, fourth grade educators, youth group leaders and their students across the country will also participate in the program through field trips and other learning experiences. Saguaro

National Park hosts guided hikes and ranger-led programs for kids and families daily, visit to plan a visit.

The goal of the Every Kid in a Park program is to connect 4th graders with the great outdoors and inspire them to become future environmental stewards, ready to preserve and protect national parks and other public lands for years to come. The program is an important part of the National Park Service's centennial celebration in 2016, which encourages everyone to Find Your Park.

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