MyNorth News Service

(Press Release provided by National Park Service)

EMPIRE: Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is proud to help launch the Every Kid in a Park program as part of President Obama’s commitment to protect our nation’s unique outdoor spaces and ensure that every American has the opportunity to visit and enjoy them. Fourth graders and their families are eligible for free access to federal lands and waters nationwide.

As of September 1, fourth graders nationwide can visit the new Every Kid in a Park website to complete an activity and obtain a free entry pass voucher to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including national parks. Fourth graders can then exchange their voucher for a plastic pass at any of the fee collection locations within the National Lakeshore, as well as at many other National Park Service sites and lands managed by other federal agencies. Fourth graders and their families can then use this pass for free entry to 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.

“During the National Park Service’s Centennial celebration, we want everyone to get to know their national parks. As part of the Every Kid in a Park initiative, we are offering a special invitation to fourth graders and their families to discover everything that national parks have to offer,” said Superintendent Dusty Shultz. “We hope that our young visitors have fun in the great outdoors and develop a lifelong connection to our nation’s land, water, wildlife, and history.”

The goal of the Every Kid in a Park program is to connect fourth 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.

Every Kid in a Park is an administration-wide effort, launched by President Obama, and supported by eight federal agencies, including the National Park Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, Department of Education, Fish and Wildlife Service, Forest Service, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

For more information, please visit, and follow the program on Twitter @everykidinapark, on Facebook, on Instagram, and on YouTube. For more in-depth information about Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, please go to their website. Also, check out their Facebook and Twitter.

About the National Park Service: More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 408 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at

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