The Wilderness Society Commends President’s Initiative to Get More Youth Outdoors

Feb 19, 2015
The Wilderness Society applauds President Obama’s Every Kid in a Park initiative to get more youth playing and learning outdoors.

The Every Kid in a Park initiative will provide 4th grade students and their families free admission to all national parks and other federal lands and waters for a full year, support transportation for school trips, and provide educational resources for students and teachers through field classrooms and digital materials.

"The Grand Canyon, Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks, Sleeping Bear Dunes and all of America's majestic national parks, monuments and wilderness areas are the birthright of every child, although too many have never seen these natural and cultural wonders," said Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society. "We want to make sure every child can see and experience our nation's stunning landscapes. This new initiative will make our shared heritage accessible to more children, and inspire a new generation to scale the peaks of Yosemite—or the heights of their own imagination."

The Wilderness Society will continue to work with the Administration, Congress, and local communities to break down barriers to access and connect more young Americans with their wild places.

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The Wilderness Society is the leading wild public lands conservation organization working to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to care for our wild places. Founded in 1935, and now with more than 500,000 members and supporters, TWS has led the effort to permanently protect 110 million acres of wilderness and to ensure sound management of our shared national lands. www.wilderness.org

Paul Sanford
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