Fourth graders get a free pass to parks

Ken Mabery
Ken Mabery

Fourth grade students and their families will be allowed to visit the Colorado National Monument — along with national monuments and parks across the United States — for free as part of the centennial celebration for the National Park Service.

“This is a great opportunity for the families in our community to experience the wonders of Colorado National Monument. Our staff is looking forward to sharing this special place with these children and their families,” said Ken Mabery, superintendent of the monument.

Under the Every Kid in a Park program, fourth grade students can visit the Web site located at, complete an activity and obtain a voucher for a free annual pass to more than 2,000 federal areas.

Fourth graders and their families can use the pass for free entry to national monuments, parks and other areas through Aug. 31, 2016.

Youth group leaders and their students also can participate in the program through field trips and other learning experiences. Information about educational programming at the Colorado National Monument is available by calling 858-3617, extension 367.

“During the National Park Service’s centennial celebration, we want everyone to get to know their national parks, and we’re offering a special invitation to fourth graders and their families to discover everything that national parks offer,” said Jonathan Jarvis, director of the National Park Service. “We hope these free passes for fourth graders will introduce fourth graders, their classes and families to our national treasures, places where they can run and play, explore and learn.”

The Colorado National Monument offers a variety of activities for fourth grade students and their families, including ranger-guided and self-guided walks and wildlife viewing as well as self-guided junior ranger activities.

For additional information about the Colorado National Monument, log on to the Internet Web site located at