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 "'There’s a whole generation of kids who don’t get into the woods,' says Jon Jarvis, former Director of the National Park Service during the Obama administration and current Executive Director of the Berkeley Institute for Parks, People and Biodiversity. 'They live in urban areas, their parents have no experience in the woods, or they can’t afford to visit the parks.'

But the Every Kid in a Park program is not guaranteed for future fourth graders. The Department of the Interior must renew it each year, making it subject to political whims. Luckily, Congress could pass the Every Kid Outdoors Act, which would give it more permanence."

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