29 November 2016 / Mongabay.com
A defeat for those who had hoped to secure the protected status of the archipelago country’s Leuser Ecosystem, one of the region’s last great swaths of intact rainforest.
Here’s a bit of film I put together of the awesome SuperMoon in November that was very bright and extremely close to the earth, the closest since 1948!✌ and again until 2060
Students hold their “Every Kid in a Park” passes, which grant fourth graders and their families free public land access for a full year.
Credit: Department of the Interior, flickr.
America is celebrating the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary in 2016 by trying to get more kids playing and learning outdoors. We’re proud to support President Obama’s “Every Kid in a Park” initiative as part of that effort.
Hundreds of millions of Americans visit our beloved national parks each year, but that doesn’t mean everyone is getting in on the action. Modern kids tend to spend less time outside and more time glued to a television or other screens, and too many at-risk kids and marginalized communities of color are likely to miss out on the wonders of our public lands.
That’s why President Barack Obama’s Every Kid in a Park initiative, which officially launched in September 2015, is so important. This project aims to get more kids playing and learning outdoors by providing 4th grade students and their families free admission to all national parks and other federal lands and waters for a full year, plus educational resources for students and teachers. Additionally, nearly half-a-million kids will have their school trips to national parks paid for. More than 1,000 events and field trips have already been held to support the Every Kid in a Park initiative.
Not enough kids get the chance to explore our public lands and enjoy nature, a deficit that Every Kid in a Park aims to address. Credit: Alejandro De La Cruz, flickr.
The Wilderness Society is proud to be a part of the Every Kid in a Park initiative through the Outdoors Alliance for Kids, and part of the national effort break down barriers and connect more young Americans with their wild places.
Throughout the spring–going through May–Every Kid in a Park has been hosting events across the country to help kids connect with special wild places. Check the Outdoors Alliance for Kids website to learn more about the Every Kid in a Park “Spring Tour.”
If you know a fourth grade student, ask their teacher whether the school will be offering an Every Kid in a Park activity during the year. You can also ask a park ranger from your local park about Every Kid in a Park programs in the area.