Every Kid Outdoors Program extended for free pass
The U.S. Department of Interior recently extended the Every Kid Outdoors Program, formerly Every Kid in a Park, for another seven years. The program grants fourth-grade students a free annual pass to visit more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. To obtain the free pass, students visit the Every Kid Outdoors website, participate in a short educational activity and download a voucher. The voucher is valid for multiple uses between now and Aug. 31, to correspond to the traditional school year. The voucher may be exchanged for a keepsake pass at “Ding” Darling or other participating federal lands. The voucher or pass allows free entry for fourth-graders, all children under age 16 in the group and up to three accompanying adults (or an entire vehicle for drive-in public lands like “Ding”) to most federally managed lands and waters. The pass does not cover amenity fees such as kayak rentals or boat rides.