• News Release: 9/3/2019

    4th graders get free admission to Coconino NF fee areas for a year
    SEDONA, Ariz., Aug. 29, 2019 — The Every Kid Outdoors annual pass provides fourth grade students, along with their families, friends and classmates, free access to Coconino National Forest fee areas, along with more than 2,000 other federal recreation areas for a year.
    The Every Kid Outdoors Program encourages fourth graders to explore, learn, and recreate in spectacular settings, including national forests, parks, wildlife refuges, and marine sanctuaries.
    “There are wonderful recreation and educational opportunities in the Red Rock area near Sedona to explore,” said Amy Tinderholt, Red Rock district ranger. “Visits during school trips or family vacations to experience the beauty and history in Red Rock country will provide lifelong memories.”
    To obtain the free pass, fourth grade students should visit the Every Kid Outdoors website, participate in a short educational activity, and download a voucher. The voucher is valid for multiple uses between Sept. 1, 2019 and Aug. 31, 2020 to correspond to the traditional school year. The voucher may be exchanged for a plastic keepsake pass at participating federal lands offices including the Flagstaff Ranger Station and Supervisor's Office in Flagstaff, Mogollon Rim Ranger Station near Clints Well, and Red Rock Ranger Station/Visitor Center in Sedona.
    The voucher or pass grants free entry for fourth graders, all children under 16 in the group and up to three accompanying adults (or an entire car for drive-in parks) to most federally managed lands and waters. The pass does not cover expanded amenity fees such as camping or boat rides. 
    The great outdoors make a great classroom. Fourth grade educators are encouraged to take advantage of the wide range of educational programs and tools associated with the Every Kid Outdoors program. Educational activities, field trip options, information and tools in English and Spanish, and the ability to print vouchers for passes for students are all available on the website. 
    “The Red Rock Ranger District has over 300 miles of trails, access to wilderness areas, water recreation and archaeological wonders to visit—all free with your Every Kid Outdoors pass,” said Tinderholt. “Come adventure here for an afternoon, or a week, and return often!” 
    The Every Kid Outdoors Program was established by Congress in 2019. It replaces the Every Kid in a Park Program which was launched in 2015. It is an inter-agency collaboration between the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Reclamation, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and U.S. Forest Service.