CLF Statement on White House Launch of Every Kid In A Park Initiative
National Conservation Lands Site Chosen For Official Launch Event
Durango, Colo. (Sept. 1, 2015)—The Conservation Lands Foundation applauded the launch today of the Every Kid in a Park initiative to encourage young people to explore America’s parks and public lands. The goal of the initiative is to encourage all 4th graders and their families to visit our country’s outdoor treasures and historic sites in the 2015-2016 school year. The White House launched the Every Kid In A Park website today with detailed information about the program. Tomorrow, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and other Administration officials will host the nation’s first Every Kid in a Park event with fourth graders at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) outside Las Vegas, Nevada. Red Rock Canyon NCA is part of the National Conservation Lands, the country’s newest collection of protected public lands and waterways, managed by the Bureau of Land Management.
“Nature is a great classroom, and this initiative will help America’s children to learn about their public lands and grow up to be stewards of our country’s lands and waters,” said Brian O’Donnell, Executive Director of the Conservation Lands Foundation. “While our National Parks are the oldest and best known system of protected public lands, this initiative also recognizes the importance of the National Conservation Lands, the nation’s newest collection. These 31 million acres protect our history, clean water, wildlife and outdoor traditions, and are also critical to the economies of many Western communities. The fact that Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and the White House Council on Environmental Quality chose Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area—part of the National Conservation Lands—to host the first official ‘Every Kid in a Park’ event is a testament to their importance. These places are full of opportunities for learning and discovery, and this initiative will have lasting benefits for America’s children.”
As the National Park Service prepares to celebrate its centennial, and the National Conservation Lands celebrate their 15th Anniversary, the Department of Interior is offering a pass to give children and families free access to National Parks, National Conservation Lands, National Forests, National Wildlife Refuges, and a score of other federal public lands and waters locations. More information can be found at EveryKidInAPark.gov.
The non-profit Conservation Lands Foundation is the only organization in the country dedicated solely to protecting, restoring and expanding the National Conservation Lands so they will endure from generation to generation. The National Conservation Lands are 31 million acres of protected public lands and waterways, managed by the Bureau of Land Management, that have joined the ranks of our national parks and wildlife refuges as guardians of our nation’s heritage and drivers of the country’s $646 billion outdoor recreation economy. www.ConservationLands.org