National Park Service Media Advisory
NPNH Kicks Off Every Kid in a Park NYC at Hamilton Grange NM
News Release Date: October 23, 2015
NEW YORK – As part of President Obama’s Every Kid in a Park initiative, National Park Service (NPS) Director Jonathan B. Jarvis and President of Scholastic Consumer and Professional Publishing Hugh Roome will host the Every Kid in a Park NYC celebration to announce a new collaboration with Scholastic.
Jarvis, Roome and others will join 200 fourth-grade students at Hamilton Grange National Memorial as they participate in activities to highlight the potential of parks and receive free passes to America’s federal lands and waters.
Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, has created a free educational program for fourth grade classrooms for Every Kid in a Park, which is available for teachers nationwide to download at www.scholastic.com/everykid. “This is an unprecedented opportunity to bring Every Kid in a Park directly into the classrooms of every fourth-grade teacher in the country,” said Jarvis.
The Every Kid in a Park program seeks to connect young people with the great outdoors. The program allows fourth graders nationwide to go to www.everykidinapark.gov and obtain a pass for free entry for them and their families to more than 2,000 federally managed lands and waters nationwide for an entire year, starting September 1, 2015.
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WHO: Those scheduled to attend include: Jonathan B. Jarvis, Director, National Park Service; Hugh Roome, President of Scholastic Consumer and Professional Publishing; Thomas L. Tidwell, Chief, U.S. Forest Service; Joshua Laird, Commissioner, National Parks of New York Harbor; Dominique R. Jones, Executive Director, Boys and Girls Club of Harlem; Orin Kramer, Board Member, National Park Foundation.
WHAT: “Every Kid in a Park NYC” is the New York area kickoff of this White House initiative to urge fourth grade students and their families to visit parks of all sizes, from local community parks to historic sites like Hamilton Grange to vast national parks. A short opening ceremony will be followed by approximately 200 students engaging in activities that reveal the potential of parks: experiencing American history in the places where it occurred; recreating, including camping and water safety skills, and; appreciating our shared natural resources. Learn more: www.everykidinapark.gov. Organizations offering support for this nationwide initiative include the Sierra Club and the Outdoors Alliance for Kids (OAK).
WHEN: Thursday, October 29, 2015, 9:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. ET. This event will be rescheduled or cancelled in case of rain.
WHERE: Hamilton Grange National Memorial, located at 414 West 141st Street in Manhattan between Convent and St. Nicholas Avenues, preserves the home of founding father and Harlem resident Alexander Hamilton. The historic home is located within St. Nicholas Park, a New York City park.
About the National Parks of New York Harbor
Stretching from The Battery at the southern tip of Manhattan into three other boroughs, and beyond the Verrazano Narrows Bridge to New Jersey, the National Parks of New York Harbor includes 10 national parks with 22 natural, historic and recreational sites. These national parks preserve special places that tell the story of America and its leading city. Learn more: www.nps.gov/npnh/index.htm .