On Tuesday, May 10, 2016, Morristown National Historical Park welcomed nearly 100 4th graders from Newark Public Schools to find their park, all thanks to the coordination and collaboration of the National Park Trust. The students learned critical outdoor survival skills from NPS Centennial sponsor REI via a local store associate, practiced yoga with the Newark Yoga Movement, explored tent camping and teamwork with the National Park Trust, and experienced a hike through the woods with a National Park Service ranger.
The students also received their very own Every Kid in a Park (EKiP) pass. This pass provides free access to national parks, national forests, national wildlife refuges, and other federally owned lands, in an effort to provide an opportunity for each and every 4th grade student across the country to experience their federal public lands and waters in person.
As Ranger Vanessa Smiley stated during the opening ceremony for the event, "This pass gives you power. It gives you the power to access parks across the country, for free, as well as three of your adult family members. They can't use this without you. So you have the power with this pass."