Steamtown National Historic Site Welcomes 4th Grade Students

Steamtown National Historic Site invites all 4th grade students to visit the park for free as part of the White House’s new Every Kid in a Park program. 4th grade students can now go to www.everykidinapark.govto complete an activity and obtain a free annual entry pass to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including national parks.

“During the National Park Service’s centennial celebration, we want everyone to get to know their national parks, and we’re offering a special invitation to fourth graders and their families to discover everything that national parks offer,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “We hope these free passes for fourth graders will introduce 4th graders, their classes, and families to our national treasures, places where they can run and play, explore and learn.”

Steamtown National Historic Site offers a variety of activities that fourth graders and their families can enjoy, including seasonal train rides (train ride fares apply), our park movie, “Steel and Steam,” guided tours of our locomotive repair and maintenance shops, educational programs, including a self-guided tour of the museum complex and junior ranger programs to complete at the park.

To receive their free pass for national parks, fourth graders can visit the Every Kid in a Park website and play a game to access their special Every Kid in a Park pass. Fourth graders and their families (up to three adults) can then use this pass for free entry to national parks and other federal public lands and waters across the country from September 1st, 2015 through August 31, 2016. The website also includes fun and engaging learning activities aligned to educational standards, trip planning tools, safety and packing tips and other helpful information for educators and parents.

Also, fourth grade educators, youth group leaders and their students will be able to participate in on-site educational programs in national parks and federal and public lands and waters. Steamtown NHS, for example, is offering a special core standards educational program, “Railroads, Rivers and You!” (RRY!), which focuses on history, mathematics, ecology and conservation. RRY! uses park resources plus those found at the nearby Lackawanna River Heritage Trail. Educators can learn more and schedule field trips by contacting Ranger Dan Kahl at 570-340-5195 or daniel_kahl@nps.gov.

The goal of the Every Kid in a Park program is to connect 4th graders with the great outdoors and inspire them to become future environmental stewards, ready to preserve and protect national parks and other public lands for years to come.

Located in downtown Scranton, Steamtown NHS is open daily from 9a.m. –5p.m. From I-81 follow exit 185 (Central Scranton Expressway); then, follow signs to the park entrance at Lackawanna and Cliff Ave. (GPS: N 41.41, W 75.67). Park information is available by calling (570) 340-5200 during business hours, or by visiting www.nps.gov/stea.