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Civil War heritage program targeted at fourth-graders

Every Kid in a Park, a new national initiative providing free access to all public lands to fourth-graders and their families, will be extended in the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area with a companion program at 13 nonfederal sites.

Created in honor of the National Park Service centennial in 2016, the program is designed to foster the next generation of park visitors, according to Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area news release.

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Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area, a certified heritage area encompassing parts of Carroll, Frederick and Washington counties, invites fourth-grade students with an EKIP pass — accessible online or at any national park with an admission fee — to "Find Your Park" in the Heart of the Civil War. The program runs from Saturday, April 9 through Wednesday, Aug. 31.

The pass grants free admission to Monocacy National Battlefield, the Chesapeake & Ohio National Historical Park, the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, Antietam National Battlefield and Harpers Ferry. The Barbara Fritchie House and Museum, the Catoctin Furnace Historical Society, Gathland State Park, Middletown Valley Historical Society, Mount Olivet Cemetery/Francis Scott Key Monument, Museum of Frederick County History, National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Schifferstadt Architectural Museum, Thurmont Historical Society, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, and Carroll County Farm Museum will also accept the pass. The pass does not apply during special events.

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For more information about the program, visit www.everykidinapark.gov.

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