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 to obtain free family passes to more than 2,000 federally managed parks and conservation areas until next September.

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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.