Did you know that according to a 2010 Kaiser Family Foundation study, kids now devote an average of more than seven hours a day to electronic media use, which equates to about 53 hours a week. That’s more than a full-time job!! Did you also know that today, more than 80% of Americans live in urban areas, and many of these people lack easy access to outdoor spaces.
In honor of the National Park Service’s 100th birthday in 2016, the Obama Administraion, in February launched the Every Kid In A Park Initiative. This initiative will provide all 4th grade students and their families FREE admission to all National Parks, National Forests, National Wildlife Refuges, and other federal lands and waters for a full year, beginning with the 2015-2016 school year. How cool is that?!?
So how does this affect you as a roadschooler? Hard to tell. I’ve searched for any information on this and I’m coming up empty handed. The best I can do is to tell you to sign the pledge at the National Park Service website and then they will send you news and updates on Every Kid In A Park, so perhaps you could request a free pass that way? The passes will be available beginning in September, 2015.
You guys will have to keep me posted on this one. My roadshooler is too old for this program, but I sure hope anyone with a roadschooled 4th grader can get the pass!! I think this is a really neat program!