Kids Encouraged To Enjoy The Great Outdoors

The West Fork Clear Creek water flows across the access road to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service (FS) Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests Mizpah Campground, in Empire, CO, on June 19, 2020. Storm waters washed out the road and culvert 10 years ago. USDA Photo by Lance Cheung.

Children are encouraged over the next couple of weeks to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. Fee free access to over two thousand National Forest and grassland sites for the remainder of the school year is available for 4th and now 5th graders. Al Remley of the Forest Service said access via the  “Every Kid Outdoors” program was extended to help children and parents a like.

“Very anxious to use their passes and they were ready to go outside and explore the world around them. And unfortunately with these closures and stay at home orders they could not get the full benefit of that fourth grade pass. So to counteract that for this 2020-2021 school year, we’re extending this offer to 5th grades who were 4th graders last year to participate again this year,” Remley said.

The program is design for the student group and their families to experience and eventually build a lifelong connection to the outdoors. 
Free vouchers are available now through August 3rd, 2021 for 4th and 5th graders. Visit the Forest Service’s Website to learn more.

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