In-Depth: Introduced by Congresswoman Niki Tsongas (D-MA), Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO), Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO) and Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY), the Every Kid Outdoors Act is aimed at encouraging kids to get outdoors and experience America’s public spaces, while engaging in healthy activity and educational programs.
“Our nation’s public lands protect, celebrate, and give access to the many places that have shaped and defined who we are as Americans. The Every Kid Outdoors Act will inspire a new and more diverse generation to embrace a healthy, active lifestyle, learn about our country’s natural and historic treasures, and fall in love with our public lands and the outdoors,” said Tsongas. “I thank my colleagues for their dedication to this effort and look forward to seeing more kids experiencing these special places.”
“Growing up in western Colorado, National Parks have been a big part of my life. They are the backdrop of countless memories and educational experiences for me and my family, and I want to make sure kids across the country have the opportunity to experience the wonder that is our National Park System,” said Rep. Tipton. “Public/private partnerships can go a long way towards providing our communities with exciting opportunities that otherwise may not have been possible, and I look forward to seeing how schools across the nation will use this program to open up new worlds for their students when the Every Kid Outdoors Act is signed into law.”
This legislation passed the House Natural Resources Committee unanimously and has the support of 54 cosponsors, including 51 Democrats and three Republicans. The bill is supported by the Outdoors Alliance For Kids (OAK), National Recreation and Park Association, Sierra Club, YMCA of the USA, The Wilderness Society, National Park Trust, Girl Scouts of the USA, National Wildlife Federation, Trust for Public Land, and the Outdoor Industry Association.
Summary by Lucas McConnell
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