MEDIA ADVISORY: White House, National Park Service, Outdoors Alliance for Kids and 100 Fourth Graders Promote Every Kid in a Park Initiative

White House, National Park Service, Outdoors Alliance for Kids and 100 Fourth Graders Promote Every Kid in a Park Initiative
September 15, 9:45 am in Rock Creek Park

WASHINGTON, DC, September 11, 2015 — Federal officials, local government leaders, the Outdoors Alliance for Kids and more than 100 local fourth graders will gather in Washington’s Rock Creek Park on September 15 to promote the national Every Kid in a Park program.

The Every Kid in a Park initiative provides 4th grade students and their families free admission to all national parks and other federal lands and waters for the full 2015-2016 school year. It also supports transportation for school trips and provides resources and tools for educators and community leaders. The goal of the Every Kid in a Park initiative is to inspire fourth graders nationwide to visit our federal lands and waters, whether it is a backyard city park or a national forest, seashore, or marine sanctuary.

What:
Every Kid in a Park program.  Speakers will give brief remarks to the students. The fourth graders will receive Every Kid in a Park passes. Park activities with students and media availabilities with speakers will follow.  www.everykidinapark.gov/

Who:

  • Christy Goldfuss, Managing Director, White House Council on Environmental Quality
  • Jonathan B. Jarvis, Director, National Park Service
  • Kristin Bail, Assistant Director for National Conservation Lands and Partnerships, Bureau of Land Management
  • Tara Morrison, Superintendent, Rock Creek Park
  • Jamie Williams, President, The Wilderness Society
  • Aaron Mair, President, The Sierra Club
  • Buddy Bison, National Park Trust

When:
Tuesday, September 15, 2015, 9:45 am.  Media are encouraged to arrive between 9:15 and 9:30.

Where:
Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd NW, Washington, DC 20015

RSVP:
Emily Linroth, Public Affairs Specialist, National Park Service, emily_linroth@nps.gov, (202) 596-4666

Media Contacts:
Emily Linroth, Public Affairs Specialist, National Park Service, (202) 596-4666, emily_linroth@nps.gov,
Jeremy Barnum, Public Affairs Specialist, National Park Service, (202) 513-0354, jeremy_barnum@nps.gov,
Jonathon Berman, (202) 495-3033, jonathon.berman@sierraclub.org
Michael Reinemer, The Wilderness Society, (202) 429-3949, michael_reinemer@tws.org

About the Outdoors Alliance for Kids (OAK) 
OAK is a national strategic partnership of organizations from diverse sectors with a common interest in connecting children, youth and families with the outdoors. The members of OAK are brought together by the belief that the wellness of current and future generations, the health of our planet and communities and the economy of the future depend on humans having a personal, direct and life-long relationship with nature and the outdoors. OAK brings together more than eighty businesses and organizations including the American Heart Association, Children & Nature Network, Izaak Walton League of America, National Recreation and Park Association, National Wildlife Federation, The North Face, Public Lands Service Coalition (a program of The Corps Network), REI, Sierra Club, The Wilderness Society and the YMCA of the USA to address the growing divide between children, youth and the natural world. For more information: www.outdoorsallianceforkids.org