Hawaii Volcanoes National Park invites students and their families to Every Kid Outdoors Day

  • J. ANASTASIO/National Park Service photo Students explore the forest at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

  • PONO CHRISTIANSON/National Park Service photo Join a park ranger for a new guided walk and discover the geologic features of Kilauea and their connections to Hawaiian history and culture.

Big Island fourth-graders and their families are invited to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, to celebrate the recently passed Every Kid Outdoors Act and receive a free Every Kid Outdoors pass.

Keiki-friendly activities will be offered throughout the park. Students and their families will be provided with a map and directions to help choose their adventures. Anyone who completes all the activities will receive a prize.


Families can choose to join a ranger-guided program such as “How it All Started” at 9 a.m., a 20-minute orientation talk about the volcanoes that make up the Island of Hawaii. Or try the new ranger-guided walk, “E Maka‘ika‘i ia Ka‘auea: Explore the Summit,” at 11 a.m.

They can then continue their day by walking a trail, heading to the Kahuku Unit in Ka‘u to complete a new Junior Ranger program.

Every Kid Outdoors Day is a great opportunity to get outdoors at the end of school vacation week.

All fourth-graders who complete a paper voucher at www.everykidoutdoors.gov and present it to the ranger at the park’s entrance station will receive a durable free Every Kid Outdoors pass.

The pass provides free access to fourth-grade students and those accompanying them in their vehicle. And not just free admission to HVNP. The pass is valid for free visits to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas from now until the end of August 2020.

The Every Kid Outdoors Program was established by Congress in 2019. It replaces the Every Kid in a Park Program.

Other events this weekend at HVNP

E maka‘ika‘i ia Ka‘auea: Explore the Summit

Join a park ranger for this new guided walk. Discover the fascinating geologic features of Kilauea and their deep connections to Hawaiian history and culture. This 45-minute program is great for all ages.


When: Offered daily at 11 a.m.

Where: Meet in front of Kilauea Visitor Center.

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