Praise Program to Get Kids to Explore National Parks


Target: Superintendent of Yellowstone National Park, Dan Wenk

Goal: Applaud the National Park Foundation for providing children an opportunity to see national parks for free.

Open Outdoors for Kids is a program run by the National Park Foundation providing young children the opportunity to explore America’s national parks for free. Places such as the Yellowstone National Park can now be accessed by children and their families, where they are free to camp, hike, and explore the wilderness as they please. This opportunity does several things: it provides children enrichment, improves their grades, and gets them to love their environment. Thank the National Park Foundation for this initiative by signing this petition.

Fourth graders in America will be able to visit one national park with their family in the year 2015-16. The aim of the initiative is to provide this opportunity to every fourth grader in America, and all kids will receive a Every Kid in a Park Pass that will guarantee them passage into the park.

The United States has spent money on preserving national parks, staffing them, and making sure that threatened species do not disappear off the face of our planet. Americans love their environment, but with children spending less and less time outdoors, these treasures never get to be appreciated. Research has shown that spending time outdoors helps a child do better in school, and with funding being cut to field trips, it is crucial to get American kids to go outside.

Kids from around the nation have visited the Grand Canyon, the Rockies, and the American Samoa islands. Hopefully these children will treasure the wilderness and realize that humans and animals need to coexist for this planet to flourish. Sign this petition and thank Superintendent Dan Wenk for making this program possible.


Dear Superintendent Wenk,

The initiative Open Outdoors for Kids has sent millions of children into our national parks, where they are able to enjoy the wilderness and animals that roam our nation. The United States is one of the few nations in the world that has a thriving wilderness, where large predators such as the wolf and bear still exist. While this may trouble rural citizens, this is still a fact to take pride in.

I am writing this letter to thank the National Park Foundation for making this program possible. I understand that such an initiative is not cheap, but realize that you are providing these kids with an invaluable opportunity to see our nation’s raw wilderness. I appreciate the time and money that is going towards this program, and I hope the foundation will continue to inspire children.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Marilyn Byrne Graziano says:

    I am all for this type of activity children ought to be taken on “nature walks” they must learn the value of this beautiful planet on which we are living they must learn to appreciate it! When I was a small child my father always took me for walks to show me how beautiful nature is trees animals oceans country side I grew up to be an animal lover, environmentalist and vegatarian! This couldn’t care less attitude towards this world has to end otherwise something tragic will happen How sad!!!

  2. Manel Dias says:

    This is a very bright idea I must say. The more you allow the younger generations to learn & appreciate the value of our living planet it will be the right path to gain their knowledge and admiration towards the other living beings & the entire world. It is high time to expose these children to live with high self esteem & dignity while teaching them the value of ones life & the environment. With such examples only they will learn to respect every other living beings & their lives. That includes the natural habitats & all the big/small animals who lives within. ALL these things are very precious & future generations must be allow to experience & gain their knowledge in those areas.

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