Every Kid in a Park Kicks Off at Red Rock Canyon

Kids in the Park

Today, we were lucky enough to spend a beautiful summer morning with 65 fourth-grade students from West Preparatory Academy, a Title 1 public school in East Las Vegas, Nevada. The kids were enthusiastic about being outside and going on a hike to explore the stunning desert landscape, Native American rock art and surprise pockets of lush green plants at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, only a 20-minute drive from the Las Vegas Strip.

 

Fun day exploring Red Rock Canyon w/ these 4th graders. We need to get @everykidinapark to inspire next gen.SJ pic.twitter.com/yGOuAPaqRJ

— Sally Jewell (@SecretaryJewell) September 2, 2015

Thanks to President Obama’s visionary Every Kid in a Park initiative, which officially launched yesterday, all fourth graders and their families will be entitled to a free pass for a full year to visit federal lands and waters that belong to all of us. Before our hike, we distributed free passes to some very excited students!

At a time when youth spend more and more of their free time inside in sedentary activities on computers and smartphones and watching TV, this program will help close the gap between children and nature by introducing kids from all backgrounds to our nation’s great outdoors.

Fourth graders across the country can visit the Every Kid in a Park website to complete a short, educational activity to obtain their free pass to more than 2,000 federal sites, including national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, marine sanctuaries and other federal lands and waters. 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). Educators can also access educational activities and print passes for their students.

Kids in the park

And since we know a big reason why many kids don’t visit public lands and waters is that they can’t get there easily, the National Park Foundation (NPF) – the congressionally chartered foundation of the National Park Service – will award Every Kid in a Park transportation grants to participating federal agencies to help support travel for those kids with the most need.

 

#BreakingNews: We just launched #FindYourPark with the @NatlParkService! http://t.co/lQnHW8xDFO http://t.co/T8gMFGoZXu

— Natl Park Foundation (@GoParks) March 30, 2015

The Every Kid in a Park initiative is designed to continue beyond just this year, so that every fourth grade child in America will have the opportunity to visit their public lands and waters for free, inspiring the next generation to be stewards of our nation’s shared natural, historical and cultural heritage.

Secretary Jewell at Red Rocks with 4th grade students

Parks and outdoor spaces are living classrooms, and the awesome students we met today from West Preparatory Academy are well on their way to becoming lifelong learners and champions of America’s treasured landscapes.

Let’s get every kid in a park!


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Roland Martin to Bill O’Reilly: ‘Shut the Hell Up‘ on Black Lives Matter

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Wednesday on TV One’s “News One,” host Roland Martin went on a rant against Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly  for calling the Black Lives Matter movement a hate group because Minnesota Black Lives Matter protesters chanted “pigs in a blanket, fry ‘em like bacon” after the execution style murder of a Texas deputy this weekend. Martin said, “I don’t recall you Bill O’Reilly ever saying that you are going to take out police brutality. I don’t recall you ever saying that you are going to take out police corruption. But all of a sudden you want to take out Black Lives Matter movement because you don’t like the fact that they are out there protesting.” Martin listed several cases where he believes police brutality was at play and said,  “When are you going to use your voice and platform to go after cops. When are you Bill O’Reilly going to tell
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Limbaugh: Trump Movement Exposes Low Regard Conservative Intellectuals Have for Ordinary Americans

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Wednesday on his radio show, conservative talker Rush Limbaugh discussed the backlash within certain conservative circles to the candidacy of GOP front-runner Donald Trump. Limbaugh specifically focused Wall Street Journal columnist Bret Stephens, who unleashed a scathing attack in the Journal earlier this week aimed at Trump and his supporters. According to Limbaugh, however, Stephens and his ilk miss a broader point that Trump isn’t about conservatism, but “American-ism.” “What I also believe fervently is that all of this support for Trump, this movement, whatever you call this that’s happening with Trump, it’s not about conservatism,” Limbaugh said. “And that doesn’t bother me.” Limbaugh went on to deconstruct what Stephens motivations were for such an attack and explained it comes from how he and others within the so-called conservative movement view Americans. “This is the perfect illustration of the problem that so-called conservative intellectuals are having with the Trump insurgency or the Trump campaign,
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Graham: I’ll ‘Do Revenue’ on Debt, ‘Close Many Tax Loopholes,’ and ‘Increase The Rates on Hedge Funds’

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South Carolina Senator and Republican presidential candidate Lindsey Graham said, “if you’re looking for a Republican, Joe, to do revenue, count me in” in a discussion of his tax policy, elaborating that he would “close many tax loopholes” and “increase the rates on hedge funds,” but “I’m not going to generate more revenue for the government unless we pay debt down with it” on Wednesday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” Graham said of fellow candidate Dr. Ben Carson, “he’s so nice and most people are jerks in this business. I mean, at the end of the day, he’s conducting himself in a fine fashion, but you don’t want to take the VA and give it [to] the Department of Defense. He suggested we do that. What I suggest is you give every veteran a card to go to the doctor and hospital of their choice if the VA doesn’t serve
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