Every Kid in a Park Heads to the Classroom: New Partnership with Scholastic Announced at NYC Event
Contributed By: National Park Service
WASHINGTON – A new partnership with Scholastic will bring national parks into thousands of classrooms as part of the Every Kid in a Parkprogram. Scholastic has joined the nationwide effort started by the White House to encourage fourth grade students to visit national parks and other federal lands and waters with their families and classes. Today, National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis and President of Scholastic Consumer and Professional Publishing Hugh Roome announced the collaboration during an Every Kid in a Park celebration at Hamilton Grange National Monument in New York City.
Jarvis and Roome joined 200 fourth graders who participated in fun activity stations that included a wildlife demonstration, a mobile campsite, and a historic home tour. Each child also received an Every Kid in a Park annual pass that provides free entrance for them and their guests at more than 2,000 federally managed lands and waters, including national parks, wildlife refuges, and national forests.
The latest issue of Scholastic News, delivered to more than 900,000 fourth grade students, included a special eight-page Every Kid in a Park booklet. The booklet contains information about the program as well as classroom activities that promote environmental stewardship, exploration, and Leave No Trace. Scholastic will continue to publish additional lesson plans and classroom activities for the next several months. More information is available at www.scholastic.com/everykid.
“The Every Kid in a Park program provides a free pass for every fourth grade student to visit national parks with their families and classmates,” said Jarvis. “Next year, when the National Park Service celebrates its centennial, we will honor our past, but we will mostly look to the future and the next 100 years. And that future depends on young people, such as these fourth grade students. We want this program to be the start of a lifelong relationship between them and their national parks.”
The Every Kid in a Park program is a part of President Obama’s commitment to protect our nation’s unique outdoor spaces and provide every American with opportunities to visit and enjoy them. By introducing fourth graders to public lands, near and far, the program delivers a nationwide call to action to build the next generation of stewards of our country’s spectacular and diverse federal lands and waters.
The program recognizes the role of national parks as a premier provider of place-based education. The National Park Service works with various partners and educational institutions to expand programs and encourage the use of parks as places of learning. The website www.nps.gov/teachers contains lesson plans and content about more than 125 subjects, ranging from archeology to biology to Constitutional law. The site also features materials produced by National Park Service programs, including nearly 150 lesson plans from the National Register of Historic Places’ award-winning Teaching with Historic Places program.
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