BANKHEAD NATIONAL FOREST - The USDA Forest Service has announced it will expand its Every Kid Outdoors program to offer fourth and fifth grade students and family members fee-free access to more than 2,000 sites on national forests and grasslands that includes Alabama’s Bankhead, Conecuh, Talladega and Tuskegee National Forests. A new voucher is available for download now through August 31, 2021.
With the program expansion, the Forest Service hopes the announcement will encourage millions of families to use their free pass to visit our public lands and experience the mental and physical benefits of the great outdoors.
“The opportunity to see, explore and experience public lands is one that every child should have. The Every Kid Outdoors pass will hopefully result in more kids exploring the unique wonders of our public lands,” said Cherie Hamilton, forest supervisor for the National Forests in Alabama.
Every Kid Outdoors is a federal public lands partnership created to inspire students and their families across America to recreate, explore cultures, discover connections to nature and spark a lifelong passion for America’s great outdoors. The program focuses on children ages 9–11 who, research shows, are uniquely receptive to engaging with nature and the environment. By focusing on this age group year after year, the program aims to ensure every child in the United States has the opportunity to create a life-long connection to America's big backyard.
To obtain the newly added free 5th Grade Voucher, visit the Every Kid Outdoors website, click on the "Hey, fifth graders!" banner at the top of the page, and download a voucher. The voucher is valid through Aug. 31, 2021 to correspond to the traditional school year.
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