Connecting 4th Graders to Our National Parks
The National Park Service will work with partners across the country to organize a nationwide campaign to get every kid in a park starting with a focus on the 3.8 million 4th graders for 2016. Programs for children 9-12 years old have long been a focus for the NPS. This initiative would mean that more than 26 million K-12 kids would have the opportunity to find their park by 2022.
Transportation is one of the biggest barriers to getting kids in parks. The National Park Foundation is providing field trip grants to support Every Kid in a Park, collaborating with school districts, parks, and park partners to provide efficient transportation support for more than one million students to visit these special places.
A White House youth initiative, with support from the Department of the Interior, Every Kid in a Park will reach underserved audiences in every state, and provide potentially life-changing experiences for millions of young Americans. Most notably, Every Kid in a Park has a special focus on children who would least likely have an opportunity to visit a national park or public lands on their own. The National Park Foundation is focusing its efforts on supporting federally designated Title I schools, whose students often lack the economic resources to connect with our nation's treasures.