US official in Nevada highlights kids in parks campaign

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Posted: Sep 02, 2015 3:37 PM
US official in Nevada highlights kids in parks campaign

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The nation's top Interior Department official led a delegation of schoolchildren to a scenic national area outside Las Vegas on Wednesday to highlight a federal "Every Kid in a Park" campaign.

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and the head of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, Christy Goldfuss, joined fourth-grade students from West Preparatory Academy at the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

Organizers called it an inaugural event of an Obama administration campaign to let fourth-graders nationwide use www.everykidinapark.gov to obtain free family passes to more than 2,000 federally managed parks and conservation areas until next September.

Red Rock Canyon is about 20 miles outside Las Vegas. It's managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, and it draws more than 1 million visitors a year.