WASHINGTON (February 19, 2015) - Today, the Obama Administration made public its "Every Kid in a Park" initiative, which will grant one year's free access to national parks for every fourth grader and his or her family beginning in the fall of 2016. The National Audubon Society released the following statement:

“Children and families are inspired by the natural world, and that inspiration has lifelong benefits,” said Audubon VP for Government Relations Mike Daulton. “We all need clean water, clean air, and healthy natural spaces. Getting kids and families into nature illuminates the connections we share with each other and with the great outdoors. A new generation of conservationists is waiting to emerge as they discover birds, other wildlife, and America’s great natural resources. We’re glad the White House agrees, and we support this new initiative.”

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The National Audubon Society saves birds and their habitats throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education and on-the-ground conservation. Audubon's state programs, nature centers, chapters and partners have an unparalleled wingspan that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire and unite diverse communities in conservation action. Since 1905, Audubon's vision has been a world in which people and wildlife thrive. Audubon is a nonprofit conservation organization.