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Fourth Graders to Receive Every Kid in a Park Passes

March 27, 2017 - Grace Lee, National Park Trust

Partners are coming together to ensure kids across America can experience our national parks and public lands. The National Park Trust, The North Face, and Outdoors Alliance for Kids will join the National Park Service to co-host an Every Kid in a Park event at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore for 60 fourth graders from the Chicago Academy. This is the fourth event to be hosted in five different cities (NYC, D.C, San Francisco, Chicago, and Boston) all funded by The North Face Explore Fund.

The Every Kid in a Park program allows all fourth graders and their families free access to all federal lands for an entire year. This Every Kid in a Park launch event will feature a welcome program with the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Superintendent Paul Labovitz as well as speakers from National Park Trust.

The students will receive their Every Kid in a Park passes and gather for a group photo with Big Buddy Bison, National Park Trust’s mascot. Following the welcome program, students will break into groups to participate in three fun educational activity stations, all of which will take place at the West Beach unit of the national lakeshore.

What: Fourth annual Every Kid in a Park launch event with 60 Fourth Graders

Who: The North Face; National Park Trust; Outdoors Alliance for Kids; National Park Service; 60 fourth grade students from the Chicago Academy

When: Thursday, April 6, 10:00 am - 1:30 pm

Where: Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore--West Beach, 376 North County Line Rd, Portage, IN

VISUALS: Group photo with 60 fourth grade students holding Every Kid in a Park passes and banner with organizational logos. Buddy Bison (mascot) will be present. Youth will participate in activity stations including tent and backpacking activity with relay race, and other educational activities.