Acadia National Park will Offer Free Admission for Fourth Graders
Maine's Acadia National Park and other national parks and federal lands will be allowing all fourth graders and their families free admission for a full year as part of the Every Kid in a Park initiative. It's a way to get school children outdoors and more active.
The free admission begins with the 2015-2016 school year. In a statement from the White House, "In the lead up to the 100th birthday of the National Park Service in 2016, the President’s Every Kid in a Park initiative is a call to action to get all children to visit and enjoy America’s unparalleled outdoors. Today, more than 80 percent of American families live in urban areas, and many lack easy access to safe outdoor spaces." The initiative will also make it easy for schools and families to plan trips, provide transportation support to schools with the most need and provide educational materials.