Program offers free park pass for 4th-graders

Haleakala National Park invites all 4th-grade students to visit the park for free as part of the White House’s new “Every Kid in a Park” program. Fourth-grade students can go to www.everykidinapark.gov to complete an activity and obtain a free annual entry pass to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including national parks.

“We hope the free passes will introduce 4th-graders, their classes and families to the national treasures found at Haleakala, especially as we celebrate the centennials of both this national park and the National Park Service,” said park Superintendent Natalie Gates.

Haleakala National Park offers a variety of activities that 4th-graders and their families can enjoy, including a new Junior Ranger Activity Guide, guided hikes, cultural demonstrations, and talks. To receive their free pass, 4th-graders play a game on the “Every Kid in a Park” website. Fourth-graders and their families can then use this pass for free entry to national parks and other federal public lands and waters through Aug. 31, 2016. The website also includes learning activities, trip planning tools, safety and packing tips and other important and helpful information for educators and parents.

The goal of Every Kid in a Park is to connect 4th-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. Fourth grade is the focus of this initiative as it is the year most school districts study local and state history.

In addition to this new 4th-grade pass, Haleakala National Park offers a variety of recently revised curriculum-based activities, lesson plans and educational fee waivers for other grades and educational groups. For more information, visit the park’s education webpage at www.nps.gov/hale/learn/index.htm.