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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Monday, September 14, 2015

National Parks Welcome 4th Graders with Every Kid in a Park Program


Ventura, CA — National Parks across the country invite all 4th grade
students to visit them as part of the White House’s new Every Kid in a
Park program. Starting in September, 4th grade students can visit
www.everykidinapark.gov to complete an activity and obtain a free
annual entry pass to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas,
including national parks.

“During the National Park Service’s centennial celebration, we want
everyone to get to know their national parks, and we’re offering a
special invitation to fourth graders and their families to discover
everything that national parks offer,” said National Park Service
Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “We hope these free passes for 4th
graders will introduce 4th graders, their classes, and families to our
national treasures, places where they can run and play, explore and
learn.”

To receive their free pass for national parks, 4th graders can visit
the Every Kid in a Park website and play a game to access their
special Every Kid in a Park pass. Fourth graders and their families
can then use this pass for free entry to national parks and other
federal public lands and waters across the country from September 1st,
2015 through August 31, 2016. The website also includes fun and
engaging learning activities aligned to educational standards, as well
as trip planning tools, safety and packing tips, and other important
and helpful information for educators and parents.

To celebrate the Every Kid in a Park program the Channel Islands Park
Foundation and the National Park Foundation have each provided grants
that will support bus transportation for Ventura County 4th grade
classes to go to the Channel Islands National Park visitor center in
Ventura Harbor. Each class will receive a ranger-led program prior to
their park visit and all students will become official Junior Rangers.

The goal of the Every Kid in a Park program is to connect 4th graders
with the great outdoors and inspire them to become future
environmental stewards, ready to preserve and protect national parks
and other public lands for years to come. The program is an important
part of the National Park Service’s Centennial celebration in 2016,
which encourages everyone to Find Your Park.

Every Kid in a Park is an administrative-wide effort, launched by
President Obama, and supported by eight federal agencies, including
the National Park Service, Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Land
Management, Bureau of Reclamation, Department of Education, Fish and
Wildlife Service, Forest Service, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration.

Junak’s frequent visits to Guadalupe Island have documented in
stunning photos the dramatic recovery of vegetation following the
elimination of feral goats. The goats nearly exterminated
once-extensive stands of endemic cypress, palm, and pine trees.
However, there is now hope for the continued survival of many of the
island’s unique plants. Native plants that have not seen for decades
have been found.

Steve Junak, recently retired after working for 37 years at the Santa
Barbara Botanic Garden, has been leading trips to and documenting the
flora of the islands of southern California and Baja California since
the 1970s. He has co-authored or written a number of publications
about the offshore islands, including A Flora of Santa Cruz Island
(1995) and A Flora of San Nicolas Island (2008). He has been
exploring Guadalupe Island since 1981 and has assisted with
conservation efforts on Guadalupe since 2001.

The talk will be held on November 12, 2014. The From Shore to Sea
lecture series is sponsored by Channel Islands National Park to
further the understanding of current research on the Channel Islands
and surrounding marine waters. The lectures occur at 7:00 pm on the
second Wednesday of March, April, May, September, October, and
November at the Channel Islands National Park Robert J. Lagomarsino
Visitor Center, 1901 Spinnaker Drive in Ventura Harbor. The programs
are free and open to the public.

Channel Islands Park Foundation

Formed in 2005, the Channel Islands Park Foundation is the primary
non-profit, philanthropic partner of the Channel Islands National
Park. Recognizing the challenges of managing the complex island
ecosystems and richly diverse cultural resources, the Foundation is
committed to supporting the ongoing work of the Channel Islands
National Park. In co-operation with the National Park, the Foundation
funds restoration and education efforts, to ensure continued
protection of the islands’ natural and cultural resources. For more
information visit: www.ciparkfoundation.org.

National Park Foundation

The National Park Foundation is the official charity of America’s
national parks and the nonprofit partner to the National Park Service.
Chartered by Congress in 1967, the National Park Foundation raises
private funds to help protect more than 84 million acres of national
parks through critical conservation and preservation efforts, connect
all Americans with their incomparable natural landscapes, vibrant
culture and rich history, and inspire the next generation of park
stewards. For more information visit: www.nationalparks.org.

This publication is available online at:
www.nps.gov/chis/parknews/newsreleases.htm

Contact

Yvonne Menard, yvonne_menard@nps.gov 805-658-5725

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