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Valadao Shares Every Kid in a Park Pass Program

U.S. Department of the Interior Grants Free Access to Federal Lands and Waters national wide for Fourth Grade Students and Their Families

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Washington, September 9, 2015 | Anna R. Vetter ((202) 815-1685) | comments
The U.S. Department of the Interior announced the Every Kid in a Park Program which will grant fourth grade students and their families free access to all federally managed lands and waters.
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This month, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced the Every Kid in a Park Program which will grant fourth grade students and their families free access to all federally managed lands and waters – including national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and marine sanctuaries.

Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21) stated, “In a world focused on cell phones, social media, and television, I believe it is more important than ever to expose our children to some of the nature’s greatest gifts, many of which can be found right in our own back yards.” He continued, “Our nation has a lot to offer and I am excited for young Americans to experience the great outdoors with their families."

The pass is valid for the 2015-2016 school year and grants free entry for fourth graders and three accompanying adults (or an entire vehicle for drive-in parks) at more than 2,000 federally-managed sites.

Local federal lands, parks, and museums, include locations such as:

Chaffee Zoo Fresno, California
Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park Earlimart, California
Death Valley National Park Lone Pine, California
Devils Postpile National Monument Mammoth Lakes, California
Forestiere Underground Gardens Fresno, California
Hidden Homes Nature Trail Fresno, California
ImagineU Children’s Museum Visalia, California
Kern County Museum Bakersfield, California
Kern National Wildlife Refuge Delano, California
Manzanar National Historic Site Inyo County, California
Mojave National Preserve San Bernardino County, California
San Luis National Wildlife Refuge Los Banos, California
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park   Fresno County, California
Tule Elk State Reserve Gorman, California
Yosemite National Park Sierra Nevada, California

To obtain their pass, fourth graders with the help of their parents may visit the Every Kid in a Park website where they can print a pass on their computer. Students may also trade in their paper pass for a more durable pass at participating federal sites nationwide.

Additionally, educators and community leaders can use the site to access educational activities, field trip options, and print passes for their classrooms.

For a complete list of parks near you, visit the National Park Service's Find Your Park website. If you have any additional questions or would like assistance planning your visit, please contact Justin Mendes in Congressman Valadao’s Hanford office at (559) 582-5526.

Congressman David G. Valadao represents the 21st Congressional District, which includes Kings County and portions of Fresno, Tulare, and Kern Counties.

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