PIERRE, S.D. – Twelve thousand fourth graders in South Dakota will get a special taste of summer freedom through the South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks’ (GFP) “Go Fourth” program.
The “Go Fourth” program, presented in partnership with the South Dakota Department of Health, distributes free entrance licenses for one day in any South Dakota state park or recreation area to every fourth grade student in South Dakota.
The passes allow entrance to any South Dakota state park or recreation area to students and their families and include a free equipment rental – kayak, canoe, paddleboat, paddleboard, or bicycle. Students who are unable to visit a park can use their pass for a free one-year subscription to GFP’s Conservation Digest magazine.
“The program aims to give every fourth grade student exposure to local natural resources and a chance to start a lifetime of healthy habits,” said GFP secretary, Kelly Hepler. “The program will showcase activities and opportunities available at state parks and recreation areas, as well as events and educational programs taking place.”
This year, GFP is recognizing “100 Years of Tradition” that celebrates 100 years of South Dakota State Parks. In honor of the anniversary, kids who redeem their passes can enter for a chance to win one of four drawings throughout the camping season- in June, July, August and September. The package includes a tent, sleeping bags, cooler, camping chairs, and more.
The passes will be distributed to all public and private schools in April. Families can turn in the day-pass for a discount off of an annual pass. The passes are valid until Dec. 31, 2019. The student must be present for the pass to be valid.
For more information about the “Go Fourth” program, contact Katy Hiltunen at 605.773.3391 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.