Yosemite National Park Every Kid in a Park Program

Yosemite National Park Distributed Approximately 1,000 Free Park Passes to Fourth Graders So Far This Year

Yosemite National Park Every Kid in a Park Program

Yosemite National Park has distributed approximately 1,000 free park passes to Fourth Graders through the “Every Kid in a Park” program.  Fourth graders from across the country brought their vouchers to Yosemite to receive the free park pass. The passes are intended for fourth grade students and their families to visit more than 2,000 federal recreation areas through August 31, 2016.

“This is a tremendously exciting program and we are proud to participate in it as we approach the Centennial year of the National Park Service,” stated Don Neubacher, Yosemite National Park Superintendent. “It is extremely gratifying to see these young people obtain their passes and be excited about visiting national parks across the country.”

Fourth grade students can visit www.everykidinapark.gov to complete an activity and receive their voucher. The voucher can then be redeemed at park entrance stations for the Every Kid in A Park pass. Every Kid in a Park is an administrative-wide effort, launched by President Obama, and supported by eight federal agencies, including the National Park Service, the Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, Department of Education, Fish and Wildlife Service, Forest Service, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

On October 1, 2015, Yosemite National Park commemorated its 125th Anniversary. Over 1500 people attended the ceremony to honor Yosemite’s past, present, and future. Approximately 400 students attended from the Yosemite area and California’s Central Valley, with many of them being first-time visitors. The park worked with the teachers of fourth grade classes to print vouchers and obtain the park passes for their students after the ceremony. The students were excited to receive the park passes and many of them have returned to Yosemite using their passes they received through the “Every Kid in a Park” program.

Fourth grade students from Indianola Elementary in Selma, CA proudly display their “Every Kid in a Park” passes. These students, along with approximately 400 other students, received their passes at Yosemite’s 125th Anniversary celebration on October 1, 2015. (see photo below) Photo credit NPS.

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Ashley Mayer 209-372-0529

MLCC Receives Grant Funding

Mammoth Lakes, Calif. (October 26, 2015) — The Mammoth Lakes Chamber of Commerce recently received funding in the amount of $50,000 from the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Business Entrepreneurial Grant.

The funding will be used for two programs in partnership with Mono County. First, $30,000 will go toward the Technical Assistance Program. The Small Business Development Center of Bakersfield will be matching this investment for a total of $60,000 to be used on this program. The Technical Assistance Program is designed to provide free technical assistance to any business in Mono County. Local consultants, paid via these grant funds, work with you on your business-related issues at no charge to you.

The Technical Assistance Program is set to launch in November 2015.

The remaining $20,000 from the grant is earmarked for the Peak Performance Program. This is a web-based, educational tool designed to
elevate customer service to an exceptional level, community-wide. Run in partnership with the Mono County Office of Education (MCOE), once developed the program will be used as part of MCOE’s Hospitality Career Pathways curriculum.

The Peak Performance Program is set to kick off in early 2016.

“The Rural Business Entrepreneurial Grant had $600,000 available for distribution, and received approximately $3.5 million in requests,” said MLCC Director Craig Schmidt. “Our award of $50,000 from this funding cycle speaks to the strength of our
partnerships and our vision of economic development.”

Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center Introduces Free Educational Programs


The Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center is offering new programs that may be just what your guests are looking for.


Joining forces to host nature walks and children’s activities are the Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association, United States Forest Service, and National Parks Service. The guided walks with a naturalist are on Saturdays. Location and meeting times vary, but may include Minaret Vista, Convict Lake and Hot Creek. The walks are weather dependent and will last approximately one and a half hours. Kids hour is on Saturdays at 1:30pm and will last one hour. Explore the wonders of nature through crafts, activities, and a good story or two.


Both programs are free. Walk topics will vary each week and may include local geology, winter ecology, natural history, and animal adaptations. Meet at the Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center for Kids Hour that is geared towards children ages 2 – 7 years old, but all are welcome to attend. For up to date information on scheduling, weather, trail conditions and guided walk topics call the Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center at 760-924-5500 and “like” the Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center Facebook page.