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March 2019  

  Fourth graders to receive free passes to state parks

Over 11,000 free one-day entrance licenses to state parks will be distributed in South Dakota for fourth graders through the “Go Fourth” program. The license extends to the family of the student and can be used any day between distribution and Dec. 31, 2019. If families choose to purchase an annual pass, the license can be turned in for a discount off the purchase price.

South Dakota State Parks, a division of Game, Fish, and Parks, partners with the South Dakota departments of Health and Education to put on the “Go Fourth” program. This project aims to get fourth graders and their families outside and active this summer with the overall aim of improving the health of South Dakota youth and families.

The goal of the project is encouraging kids and families to develop good habits, try new activities, and enjoy nature. Although the license can be used any day, participants will be encouraged to utilize them to attend in-park events, such as “Becoming an Outdoor Family,” and other educational and informative programs.

This year, Game, Fish, and Parks is recognizing “100 Years of Tradition” to celebrate 100 years of South Dakota State Parks. They want to give families an opportunity to start or continue their own outdoor tradition by camping in our beautiful state parks. In celebration they are giving away a tent camping package to help start new traditions. Kids can enter for a chance at four drawings throughout the camping season in June, July, August, and September. The package includes a tent, sleeping bags, cooler, camping chairs, and more!

Entrance licenses and information will be mailed to all South Dakota schools and distributed to students from there. Teachers’ help with license distribution and promotion of the project is greatly appreciated.

Questions? Contact Katy Hiltunen with Game, Fish, and Parks at 605-773-3391 or visit the Game, Fish, and Parks website.

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