Look what came through an email a few days ago…this resource-filled website called Every Kid Outdoors! First, read all about the program here and what agencies are involved:
As you scroll down the “plan your trip tab”, you will see the 4 different categories you can choose from:
The “See Protected Animals” block takes you to the National Wildlife Refuge System where you can find more information about areas throughout the country:
“Visit the Forest” also has a search tool at discovertheforest.org to find forests or preserves with detailed information about specific sites:
Find the park that “fits you” in the next block that takes you to findyourpark.com:
And finally, Recreation.gov offers this description on their website: “Discover new experiences, historic landmarks, and outdoor escapes right down the road or across the country. From camping, hiking, and horseback riding to wildlife viewing, monument tours, and ranger-led activities – you can find it on Recreation.gov!”
Look for local sites or explore the whole country!
There are some rules and regulations which are explained further down on the page to print your voucher, but it looks like a great way to plan a family trip to some fantastic outdoor sites:
The voucher page also explains about admittance for the rest of the family and what charges may apply (ex. parking fees or special tours, etc.):
And after you’ve gathered all your information and planned your trip…ta-da!!! You’ve earned the free pass!
There are many good ideas here for learning about family adventures even if you aren’t (or don’t have) a 4th grader. We hope you find some useful information about exploring new activities and enjoy searching for places to visit…whether near or far!