Photo: Philippe Put.

Beginning in the 2015-16 school year, fourth graders in the US and their families will be entitled to free admission to America’s national parks, federal lands and waters.

Part of the White House’s “Every Kid in the Park” initiative, this program is made possible by the National Park Service and National Park Foundation.

The objective is to introduce kids to outdoor recreation. Students just need to sign up online and they will then get a voucher that grants entrance to the student and a carload of passengers to federal recreation areas for one year.

“There’s a difference between seeing a grizzly bear and two cubs on TV and on a screen and seeing them there [in the park],” said Dan Wenk, the interim president of the National Park Foundation.

So let’s spread the word on this opportunity and get more US kids and their families seeing firsthand that nature can be one of the best educational experiences out there.

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