Last week, local National Parks – including Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, Mount Rainier National Park, and Olympic National Park – joined with other national agencies, nonprofit planners, and about 50 elementary students in Rainier Beach for the Seattle launch of Every Kid in a Park.  Fourth graders and their comrades met Smoky Bear, checked out local pond life through Islandwood’s microscopes, learned how to set up a tent, and raced to see who could dress like a Ranger the fastest. Fourth graders were given vouchers and received stamps at each activity station in order to receive their pass.  After visiting the booths and completing at least two activities (though most of the fourth graders tried to get as many stamps as they could), the vouchers were able to be traded in for the first Every Kid in a Park passes given out in Seattle!

This event was planned in merely a week, but the partners worked superbly together and pulled off the somewhat spontaneous venture without a hitch! CVAs Ian Harvey (MORA) and Jimi Hightower (KLSE) supported their parks while representing the SCA at Seattle’s EKIP launch.

Jimi is the Centennial Volunteer Ambassador for the National Park Service at Klondike Goldrush National Historical Park.

Ian is the Centennial Volunteer Ambassador for the National Park Service at Mount Rainier National Park.