A new program, called the Explore State Parks Program, is giving fourth graders and their families free admission to 19 state parks across the country. It’s a great way for kids to learn about the outdoors while also getting a little education on conservation and natural resources.
The state library park pass is a free pass that allows students and their families to explore 19 state parks in one day.
Now is the time to apply for a California State Park Adventure Pass.
SACRAMENTO — Fourth graders may now apply for a free California State Parks Adventure Pass, thanks to California State Parks, First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom, and the Natural Resources Agency. They may apply for the pass immediately, which would allow them to visit 19 different state parks for free for a whole year.
First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom stated, “The California State Park Adventure Pass is a wonderful new initiative that will help create a healthier, more egalitarian California for all—a California where every kid has the chance to explore, learn, and profit from our state’s natural treasures.”
The California State Park Adventure Pass Program, championed by the First Partner, whose California for All Kids initiatives support children’s physical, mental, and social-emotional well-being, expands the opportunity for fourth graders and their families to enjoy the benefits of connecting with nature, each other, and their communities.
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It’s easy to apply for a free pass online. A name, address, phone number, and email address are all that is required. Individuals without access to a smartphone, computer, or printer, as well as those without an email account to use when applying online, may still apply for a pass by visiting a State Parks Pass Sales Office (click here for a list of locations) or calling (800) 444-7275. Visit parks.ca.gov/AdventurePass for more information about the program and a list of participating park units.
The California State Park Adventure Pass Program, created by Assembly Bill 148 and approved by Governor Newsom in July, is a three-year pilot program that waives day-use entry fees to 19 state parks for fourth graders and their families for a full year. The governor also approved Senate Bill 129 earlier this year, which contains $5.6 million in funding for the new Pass program.
State Parks considered a variety of criteria when deciding which park units would be chosen to participate in the pilot program, including a varied list of park units that span the state geographically. The department will be able to optimize participation by reducing the distance traveled to the closest participating park by distributing the park units across the state. In terms of park amenities, State Parks made sure to provide a wide variety of park units. Beaches, museums, redwoods, off-highway vehicle activity, hiking routes, and significant cultural heritage are all in the final list.
The State of California believes that all Californians have the right to participate in leisure activities and to enjoy the state’s cultural, historical, and natural treasures. Many Californians are unable to visit the state’s parks, beaches, and open spaces, as well as the state’s museums and cultural and historical attractions. As a result, the California Natural Resources Agency and California State Parks are focusing their efforts on increasing access to parks, open space, nature, and cultural amenities for all Californians. This goal necessitates restructuring financing and programs to provide access to these locations. As a result, Governor Gavin Newsom’s personal dedication to creating a “California for All” is furthered.
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The pathways to parks is a program that offers free admission to state parks for fourth graders and their families.