Calling all 4th graders! Grades of Green‘s partners at the 5 Gyres Institute are teaming up with President Obama’s Every Kid in a Park initiative in Los Angeles to provide a free National Park Annual Pass for 4th grade students and their families. Their goal is to empower 4th grade students to become environmental leaders in combating the global health crisis of plastic pollution by experiencing the environment through outdoor education and hands-on activities. The best part? It’s FREE!

This September, depending on your school’s needs, the 5 Gyres Institute and Every Kid in a Park is looking for participating schools to visit and give them a 45 minute presentation, followed by three rotation-style science, art, and solutions-based activities for a total of one hour of hands-on environmental education for the 4th graders. Depending on the location of the school, they can also take the students to a nearby watershed (beach, wetland, forest, etc.) for a total of 2 hours of outdoor fun!

For more information, check out the flyer below!

One great way to reduce plastic pollution is to pack a Trash Free Lunch. Grades of Green hosts the Trash Free Lunch Challenge to make packing trash free and sorting waste properly a fun competition between Los Angeles schools to see which school can reduce their lunchtime waste the most. Interested in participating in the Challenge? Register your school here!

EKIP 5 Gyres Flyer