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Posted 9/3/2015

Release no. 15-055

Shirley J. Smith

Vicksburg, Miss… President Obama, with the support of the Federal Interagency Council on Outdoor Recreation to include the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, announced today the start of a new initiative to give every child in the United States the chance to explore and learn about America’s great outdoors. The Every Kid in a Park initiative will provide all fourth grade students and their families with free admission for a full year to more than 2,000 federally-managed sites nationwide.

Fourth graders can visit the “Get Your Pass” section of the Every Kid in a Park website at and complete a fun educational activity to obtain and print a personalized voucher for unlimited use at federal lands and waters for one year. Passes are valid from Sept. 1, 2015 through Aug. 31, 2016. The paper voucher can be exchanged for a more durable interagency annual fourth grade pass at certain federal sites. The Every Kid in a Park website also provides information on tips for trip planning and how parents and educators can get involved. Passes are valid for recreational sites within the Corps’ Vicksburg District, including Arkabutla, Enid, Grenada, and Sardis lakes located within Mississippi, and DeGray Lake, lakes Ouachita and Greeson located within Arkansas.

A primary goal of the Every Kid in a Park initiative is to bridge the growing disconnect between the next generation and the great outdoors, and to inspire children to become future stewards of our nation’s natural and historic treasures.

"The Every Kid in the Park initiative will connect kids to their local parks, so they can continue to take advantage of all that our outdoors has to offer. Millions of children visit Corps parks with their families and classrooms each year, and this initiative will help introduce millions more to the joys of recreation, education, and our nation's water resources,” said Honorable Jo-Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works.

The Army Corps of Engineers is the nation’s largest federal provider of outdoor and water-based recreation, managing more than 400 lake and river projects in 43 states. To find the Army Corps of Engineers’ recreation site near you, visit

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