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New Mexico State Parks Teams up with Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to Get Every Kid in a Park

Media Contact: Mary Carlson, 505-462-3576,

For Release: November 06, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers collaborated with New Mexico State Parks to accept the Every Kid in a Park pass at their state parks. Fourth graders who present their pass at Reclamation or Army Corps-owned state parks will receive free entry alongside their guardian.

"America is blessed with unrivaled public lands and waters, and through Every Kid in a Park, we’re inviting every fourth grader and their families to enjoy our nation’s great outdoors," said Secretary Sally Jewell. "Through this program, every fourth grader – including those in New Mexico – will have an opportunity to nurture their curiosity and wonder, developing a lifelong connection to our nation’s land, water and wildlife in their backyards and beyond."

State parks participating in the program include: Navajo Lake, Sumner Lake, Elephant Butte Lake, Caballo Lake, Percha Dam, Leasburg Dam, Conchas Lake, Santa Rosa Lake, Heron Lake, El Vado and Brantley Lake State Parks.

The Every Kid in a Park program seeks to connect young people with the great outdoors. The program allows fourth graders nationwide to go to and obtain a pass for free entry to more than 2,000 federally managed lands and waters nationwide for an entire year for them and their families. The program was announced by President Obama earlier this year and launched by the U.S. Department of Interior on September 1.

"Allowing 4th graders and their families into state parks to engage the next generation to be great stewards of the land is key to this initiative," said Christy Tafoya, Director of New Mexico State Parks. "It is a great way for New Mexico children to have meaningful, hands-on, minds-on experiences in State Parks.

New Mexico State Parks manages recreation at many of the reservoirs owned by the Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. This decision will allow children and their families to also access these parks, which include New Mexico’s largest State Park, Elephant Butte Lake. For more information, visit

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