Fourth-graders, families can visit park for free



ACADIA NAT’L PARK — The National Park Service (NPS) invites all fourth grade students to visit Acadia National Park for free as part of the White House’s new Every Kid in a Park initiative starting Sept. 1.

The goal of the program is to connect fourth graders with the great outdoors and inspire them to become environmental stewards, ready to preserve and protect national parks and other public lands for years to come.

“The National Park Service’s centennial offers a great opportunity to connect kids to the outdoors, and we’re offering a special invitation to fourth graders and their families to discover everything that Acadia and other national parks have to offer,” said Superintendent Sheridan Steele. “We hope that the free passes will be an extra incentive for fourth graders and their families to visit our national treasures – places where kids can play, explore and learn.”

Starting in September, Acadia National Park will offer several weekend drop-in programs that fourth graders and their family can enjoy, including “Explore the Bar” (times vary depending on low tide, Bar Island), “Hawk Watch” (9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Cadillac Mountain summit), and “Fire Tower Open House” (1-3 p.m., Beech Mountain summit).  “Stars Over Sand Beach” will continue through Sept. 24 on Tuesdays and Thursdays (8-9 p.m., Sand Beach). Acadia also will offer a fourth-grade curriculum-based field trip called “Sedimentary Sleuths,” beginning Sept. 21, which will be coordinated through the school system.

To receive a free pass for national parks, fourth graders can visit the every-kid-in-a-park tab at www.nationalparks.org/ook and play a game to access their special pass. Fourth graders and their families can use the pass for free entry to national parks and other federal public lands and waters across the country from Sept. 1, 2015, through Aug. 31, 2016.

Call John Kelly, management specialist, at 288-8703.

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