Jack Johnson’s foundation to fund field trips for Hawaii students

Video still courtesy Every Kid in a Park

The Dept. of the Interior has announced a partnership with Jack Johnson that will give fourth-grade students in Hawaii a chance to visit national parks under the Every Kid in a Park program.

Johnson and his wife Kim have made a commitment via their Kokua Hawaii Foundation to fund $100,000 worth of field trip grants, with the goal of reaching all 17,000 fourth-grade students in the state. Kim and Jack Johnson created the foundation in 2003 to support environmental education in Hawaii’s schools and communities.

The partnership supports the Every Kid in a Park program, an effort started by the White House to encourage fourth grade students to visit national parks and other federal lands and waters for free with their families and classes.

“Thanks to Jack Johnson’s generous support and commitment to conservation, Hawaii’s fourth-graders will be able to visit the federal lands in their backyards,” said Deputy Secretary Michael Connor.

More than 200 students participated in fun, hands-on activities including a marine debris beach cleanup, an albatross bolus dissection and native plant restoration at the North Shore’s James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge. Students also learned about habitat preservation for endangered water birds, sea turtles, and even the yellow-faced bee. Each student also received an Every Kid in a Park annual pass that provides free entrance for them and their families at more than 2,000 federally managed lands and waters, including national parks, wildlife refuges, and national forests and grasslands.

Fourth graders can log onto the website at www.everykidinapark.gov and complete an educational activity in order to obtain and print their paper pass. Students may also trade in their paper pass for a more durable pass at participating federal sites nationwide.

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