The Federal Government announced a new program the President’s 2016 budget that includes $45 million for youth engagement programs. The Department of the Interior will get $20 million for the National Park Service for youth activities.
The President’s Every Kid in a Park initiative is set up to get Americas’ youngsters off their duffs and into the forest.
The annoucement said all fourth grade students (and younger?) and their families get free admission to all national parks and other federal lands for a full year, starting in August for the school year. The park has not yet put out information. But it doesn’t begin until late sumWill this usher a new “Hey, boy, we’ll give you a ride in.” trend? How will gate rangers checkI commend the program. We do need to get the Millennial Generation and down involved to inherit the Park when we geezers go to the great Sequoia Grove in the Sky.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “How I wish, how I wish you were here. We’re just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl. Year after year.” – Pink Floyd
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