Last year, USACE hosted about 7,000 fourth graders and their families at lakes and rivers across the country. Nearly 250 USACE sites are participating in the Every Kid in a Park program and provide an opportunity for students to enjoy the great outdoors and learn about the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) that goes into managing our nation's waterways. Last year, USACE also received 8 transportation grants, which allowed schools to take nearly 2,500 students on field trips to USACE sites.
A primary goal of the Every Kid in a Park initiative is to bridge the growing disconnect between the next generation and the great outdoors, and to inspire children to become future stewards of our nation's natural and historic treasures.
"The Every Kid in the Park initiative connects kids to their local parks, and has been so successful in making sure kids take advantage of all that our outdoors have to offer. Millions of children visit Army Corps of Engineers parks with their families and classrooms each year, and this initiative helps introduce millions more to the joys of recreation, education and our nation's water resources," said Honorable Jo-Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works.
USACE is among the nation's leading federal providers of outdoor recreation with more than 5,000 recreation sites at 403 USACE lakes and river projects located in 43 states. To find the USACE recreation site near you, visit www.CorpsLakes.us.
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SOURCE U.S. Army Corps of Engineers