Boulder, CO: Becoming a 4th grader has never been more exciting than since the start of the Every Kid in a Park initiative, at least we here at the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics think so! In an effort to increase access and stewardship of public lands for and by all Americans, the Every Kid in a Park program was created. The program allows fourth graders nationwide to obtain a pass for free entry for them and their guests to more than 2,000 federally managed lands and waters nationwide for an entire year.
If you have a 4th grader in your life, here are some tips to make it a year you all won’t soon forget:
- Remember that these lands are YOUR lands, and that makes you their protector. Refresh yourself and the group on the Seven Leave No Trace Principles. These guidelines have allowed millions of people to make responsible decisions that help protect the outdoors!
- Check out the Leave No Trace for Every Kid webpage for fun activities to engage the whole group. Use these tips and activities when you’re exploring the trails!
- Participate in an education program led by park staff. Not only will kids (and adults) get a behind the scenes look at some cool park features, but they will learn a lot about why it is so important to enjoy the outdoors responsibly.
- Find opportunities to volunteer during your time at the park or protected area. Even 30 minutes of volunteering can help kids understand the value of service on public lands!