Every Kid in a Park - Teacher Edition!
Have you heard about the Every Kid in a Park? It is an initiative to provide every 4th grade student across the country with personal experiences on public lands and waters. Starting September 1, every kid in the fourth grade has access to their own Every Kid in a Park pass, giving them access to national parks, national forests, national wildlife refuges.
Lesser known is the the fact that if you TEACH fourth graders you can download an lesson to use in your classroom, and print out passes for ALL your STUDENTS. The lesson is focused on the question "What are federal lands and waters, and why do they exist?" and has students create a new protected area - identifying the activities and rules for the area, and sharing why they picked it. According to the teacher instructions, it takes approximately 2 40 minute class periods to complete.
You then get to generate passes for your students. Each pass has a unique code that will give them free access to all national parks, lands and waters through August 31, 2016.
A great introduction to students for a lifetime of education in the out-of-doors!