This summer 5th graders in Nevada will be able to enjoy free admission to all state parks and recreational areas in the state.
The program will begin in July thanks to a new bill signed into law recently by Gov. Brian Sandoval. The bill was sponsored by Nevada Assemblyman Steve Yeager.
Yeager said through email he would love to see all of the 5th graders in the state take advantage of this opportunity.
“We are so fortunate to live in a state that is so dedicated to protecting our public lands,” he wrote. “These public lands are a part of Nevada, they are a part of our heritage, they are a part of our state’s identity. With today’s digital age, I’m concerned that not as many children are getting off the couch and away from the iPads and getting outside.”
The Associated Press reports that Nevada officials will mail out free passes to any student in or entering 5th grade who asks for one.
Yeager told the AP that these passes will also be provided for anyone who accompanies these students to a state park.
Most state parks in Nevada charge between $7 and $12 for a day pass.
A version of this news article first appeared in the Time and Learning blog.