“Go Fourth” Program Encourages South Dakota Youth to Get Outdoors

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“Go Fourth” Program Encourages South Dakota Youth to Get Outdoors
South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks
South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks

South Dakota -(Ammoland.com)- In May, 12,000 South Dakota fourth graders received a free pass to South Dakota State Parks through the new “Go Fourth” program.

“So far we’ve had nearly 200 fourth graders use their pass,” said state park director Doug Hofer. “The passes are valid through the end of December, and we hope that every family with a fourth grader will take advantage of this opportunity to explore the state parks.”

The “Go Fourth” program, presented in partnership with the South Dakota Department of Health, distributed free entrance licenses for one day in any South Dakota state park to every fourth grade student in South Dakota.

The passes allow entrance to any South Dakota state park to students and their families and include a free hour of kayak, canoe or paddleboat rental, where available.
The program aims to give every student exposure to local natural resources and a chance to start a lifetime of healthy habits.

Families can also turn in the day-pass for a discount off of an annual pass at the end of their adventure in the park.

Other “Go Fourth” partners include the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program in South Dakota, the American Heart Association in South Dakota and the South Dakota Parks and Recreation Association.

For more information, call 605.773.3391, email [email protected] or visit gfp.sd.gov.

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