Friday, July 10, 2015

Every Kid in a Park Initiative

Did you know that for the 2015-2016 school year, President Obama’s Every Kid in a Park initiative provides every 4th grader and her/his family with FREE Admission at National Parks, National Forests, National Monuments and other federal lands, waters and recreation sites? It does! Now there is another way to enjoy to enjoy your visit to one of the parks, Girl Scout of the USA and the National Park Service have renewed their partnership and have launched the Girl Scout Ranger Program.
Over the next few weeks, Girl Scouts of Nassau County will be doing a blog series on some of our CEO’s favorite parks to visit. We hope this inspires our Girl Scouts to set goals, plan trips, and explore the natural wonders that can be seen across our beautiful country. So 4th grade Troops, get out your maps, consult the web, set your goals and create a plan to visit some of our national treasures. As you explore, don’t forget to create memories, take pictures and share with us!

Some National Parks that are close to home…
  • The Statue of Liberty, the Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace, the Home of Franklin Roosevelt, Governor’s Island and Fire Island are all part of the National Park Service, and all a just a daytrip, and great for a weekend jaunt or your next staycation. 
  • Sagamore Hill – Rolling in the grass on the front lawn or exploring the property just like Theodore Roosevelt and his children used to do, Sagamore Hill is a fun place for Girl Scouts to explore. Even though Theodore Roosevelt’s home has been closed for renovation, the site is due to reopen this month… sooo exciting! 
  • Gateway National Recreation Area takes in a swath of area from Sandy Hook, NJ to Riis Park in the JFK flight path. Riis Park has the seashore and wildlife preserves and other parts of the Gateway include sites in Staten Island and Brooklyn
  • Who is buried in Grant’s Tomb? Just travel to NYC to visit the General Grant National Memorial and get all the details. 

Note: The United States National Park Service offers a terrific website that covers all of the National Parks, National Monuments and National Historic Sites.  This is wonderful resources for kids and adults, even if you are not planning a trip, it will make you wish you were.

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