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Posted 6/7/2016

Release no. 061607-01


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1LT Erica Mitchell
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DETROIT- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District partnered with the Detroit Parks & Recreation Department and Detroit Public Schools to participate in the week long, Every Kid in a Park, initiative at Historic Fort Wayne last week.

            District employees volunteered their time to present Fish, Furs and Skulls as well as a Soo Locks water model to approximately 2,000 Detroit Public School fourth graders in attendance to the event throughout the week.

            The interactive presentations were given to the students in an effort to educate and showcase some of the District’s missions. The students were able to touch, hold and study all fish, furs and skulls that were present as well as use the Soo Locks water model to demonstrate how vessels travel through the locks.

            Every Kid in a Park is President Obama’s initiative for fourth graders across the country to experience the great outdoors. EKIP has been launched to inspire the next generation to discover our nation’s parks, forests and wildlife refuges as well as to include opportunities to be active, spend time with friends and family, and use living classrooms to build critical skills while discovering our nation’s heritage.

             Michigan fourth graders, as well as kids around the country, can visit the new Every Kid in a Park website to obtain a pass that provides free access to students and their families to all federally managed lands and waters – including national parks, forests and wildlife refuges. The pass is valid through August 31, 2016 and grants free entry for fourth graders and three accompanying adults (or an entire car for drive-in parks) at more than 2,000 federally-managed sites.

              To learn more about the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, visit: http://www.lre.usace.army.mil/Home.aspx.

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