Forest Service Expands Fee-Free Every Kid Outdoors Program

The U.S. Forest Service has announced that it is expanding its very successful Every Kid Outdoors program to include fourth- and fifth-grade students, and offer the program through August 31, 2021.

Originally, the Every Kid Outdoors program was offered to fourth-grade students and their families across the United States to allow them to recreate, explore lands and cultures, and discover connections to nature and the outdoors.

Through the Every Kid Outdoors website, students and families can download a voucher and present it when they visit any of the 18 National Forests located in California and use it to participate in activities or visit recreation activities fee-free.

According to the Forest Service website, they want to “encourage millions of families to use their free pass to visit the forest and experience the mental and physical benefits of the great outdoors.”

Eligible families are encouraged to check with their local National Forest when planning your visit for any questions or concerns. Links to individual National Forests can be found here.

To obtain a free 5th Grade Voucher, visit the Every Kid Outdoors webpage, click on “Get Your Pass”, and download a voucher. The voucher is valid between Nov. 12, 2020 and Aug. 31, 2021 to correspond to the traditional school year.

In California, the Pacific Southwest Region of the U.S. Forest Service manages 18 National Forests, encompassing more than 20 million acres, assisting State and Private forest landowners in California, Hawaii and the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands. National forests supply 50 percent of the water in California and form the watershed of most major aqueducts and more than 2,400 reservoirs throughout the state. For more information about the Forest Service in California, go HERE.

To get your Every Kid Outdoors voucher, visit the Every Kid Outdoors website HERE.

See you out on the trails!

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