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‘Ding’ Darling issues free federal lands passes for fourth graders and families

As part of the federal Every Kid in a Park initiative, “Ding” Darling is participating by issuing free annual passes to any fourth-grade student and homeschool equivalent in the U.S. during the 2021-2022 school year. 

The passes are available and valid through August 2022 at any national wildlife refuge, national park or forest, and other federal land and provide free admission for every fourth grader, accompanying siblings up to age 15, and up to three accompanying adults.

“The Every Kid in a Park program is part of an ongoing effort to get kids outside and enjoying nature,” said Toni Westland, Supervisory Refuge Ranger at “Ding” Darling. “That has been our goal for years, so we are taking it a step further to encourage fourth graders and their families.”

Obtaining the free annual pass – a value of $80 – requires fourth-grade students to print out a voucher at Fourth graders should complete the voucher and take it to front desk at the “Ding” Darling Visitor & Education Center or the fee booth on Wildlife Drive to receive their pass. They must present a completed printed voucher; electronic forms are not accepted. 

For questions about obtaining a pass at “Ding” Darling, call 239-472-1100 ext. 237.