Starting today, fourth graders nationwide can visit the new Every Kid in a Park website to obtain a pass that provides free access to students and their families to all federally managed lands and waters - including national parks, forests and wildlife refuges. The pass is valid for the 2015-2016 school year and grants free entry for fourth graders and three accompanying adults (or an entire car for drive-in parks) at more than 2,000 federally-managed sites.
While the free entry pass does not generally cover fees for camping, tours, or other enhanced amenities, Timpanogos Cave will honor the new pass by refunding the price of a cave tour for every fourth grader that brings in the paper voucher. Tickets should be purchased as usual online at www.recreation.gov, and the park will refund the $6.00 cost of the 4th grader's ticket when they arrive at the visitor center. The park will also exchange temporary paper passes, printed from the Every Kid in a Park website for a more durable fourth grade Annual Pass. Details can be found at www.nps.gov/tica/planyourvisit/fees.htm
Leading up to the 100th birthday of the National Park Service in 2016, President Obama launched the Every Kid in a Park initiative earlier this year as a call to action to get all children to experience America's unparalleled outdoors.
"Our national parks and public lands are one of our nation's greatest gifts to our children," said Superintendent Jim Ireland, "and we hope that the incentive of a free entry or cave tour helps introduce that gift to many children who might not other experience the opportunity to play and learn in these places."
Fourth graders can log onto the website at www.everykidinapark.gov and complete a fun educational activity in order to obtain and print their pass. Students can also trade in their paper pass for an official access card at participating federal sites nationwide.
Educators and community leaders can access educational activities, field trip options, and the ability to print passes for their classrooms. Parents visiting the new website can find additional links for more information on planning trips to nearby public lands.
Every Kid in a Park is a crucial component of a multi-pronged approach to inspire the next generation to discover all that our nation's public lands and waters have to offer, including opportunities to be active, spend time with friends and family, and serve as living classrooms to build critical skills.
The Every Kid in a Park program is an Administration-wide effort administered in partnership with the Department of the Interior, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Education, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Timpanogos Cave offers other programs for students and their families, including Junior Ranger programs, evening programs, and guided walks. The park also has Discovery Backpacks that contain fun activities for families with children that can be checked out from our visitor center.
School field trips to Timpanogos Cave are available during the months the cave is open; see our website at www.nps.gov/tica for more information. Classroom visits from a park ranger are also offered.
For more information, please visit www.everykidinapark.gov, and follow the program on Twitter @everykidinapark, on Facebook, on Instagram and Youtube. For additional information on Timpanogos Cave National Monument, please visit www.nps.gov/tica and participate in the conversation at www.facebook.com/timpanogoscavenps