“New York is home to some of the most exceptional examples of scenic beauty anywhere in the world,” Governor Cuomo said in a press release. “To see them is to love them and through this program, we will be expose more young New Yorkers to these world-class parks in their own backyards and inspire a new generation of environmental stewards.”
This program comes following the nation-wide program titled “Every Kid in a Park,” which allows fourth graders and their families access to national parks free of charge.
What’s more, the New York State Budget has allocated $500,000 to provide transportation to state parks for students in underserved areas.
“This is a fun program that encourages fourth graders and their families to experience our great national and state parks and historic sites,” said Wyoming County Chamber and Tourism President Scott Gardner. “When I was a child, my family camped during many summer vacations at Letchworth State Park, and I can see the value of this opportunity and the benefit of it.
“I hope that lots of our 4th graders from Wyoming County and their families take advantage of the opportunity to experience Letchworth and all that it has to offer this summer.”
According to New York State, there are roughly 220,000 fourth graders in the state and a study revealed that kids who interact with outdoors before turning 11 years old are more likely to have a positive attitude about nature.