Explore, Enjoy and Protect the Planet

Tell the Department of the Interior to support every kid getting outdoors!

Our children's lives are out of balance. Today, more than 80 percent of American families live in urban areas, and many lack easy access to safe outdoor spaces. Kids are spending more time than ever in front of screens instead of outside -- one study even found that young people are now spending more than 53 hours a week on electronic devices -- more than a full-time job!

In 2015, a national program to help get more kids active and outdoors was launched. This program, Every Kid in a Park, provides fourth graders and their families free entry into our nation’s public lands, including our National Parks. The program encourages young people to get outdoors and has inspired private investments to ensure low-income children have opportunities to visit our shared natural spaces. Unfortunately, as the Trump administration looks to cut federal programs, our kids’ connection with nature could be on the chopping block. We need to take action to prevent this valuable program from being discontinued before the end of the school year.

Call on Interior Secretary Zinke to commit to continuing the Every Kid in a Park program through 2019 and beyond!​

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Please continue the Every Kid in a Park program!
Our children’s lives are out of balance. Kids today spend less time outdoors than any generation in history. On average, America’s youth are plugged into electronics for the equivalent of a 40+ hour work week, while devoting just minutes a day to unstructured outdoor play. At the same time, nearly one in three children are overweight or obese, and we are seeing more and more kids develop what were once adult-onset only chronic diseases. Ensuring that all children have opportunities to get outdoors will improve their health and also support our economy in the long-run. America’s great outdoors drive an $887 billion economy, supporting more than seven million jobs across our nation. The outdoor recreation economy generates nearly $125 billion in tax revenue ($65.3 billion federally; $59.2 billion in state and local tax revenue); this federal tax revenue alone is enough to support more than six million critical jobs from firefighters to police officers to teachers. A small investment in our kids today will have lasting benefits to the health of our kids, our economy and our planet. Thank you for continuing to support more kids enjoying America’s most awe-inspiring wild places through the Every Kid in a Park program. I urge you to continue supporting this program next year, and to make it a permanent program of the park service!
National Park Service