SPRINGFIELD, NJ - In 2015, the United States government, along with help from the National Park Service established a program called "Every Kid in a Park" which provides an opportunity for every 4th grader in the country to receive a family pass to the U.S. National Parks that is valid until the end of August during their 4th grade school year. These passes provide families with the chance to visit as many National Parks as they choose to visit for free! The students receive their passes from their teacher, then they're able to exchange that for a plastic pass at the first park they visit.
Fourth graders at Saint James the Apostle School received passes from their Technology teacher, Ms. Mary-Alice Zavocki, and several of them used their "Every Kid in a Park" pass to visit the Thomas Edison Museum in West Orange over their Easter break. The students all became Junior Rangers by completing their Junior Ranger books, then taking an oath to help protect the National Parks in the future. National Parks are a great way to see beautiful landscapes, wildlife and historic monuments that helped shape our country. Make sure you and your 4th grader get out and visit a national park soon!