The Cape Perpetua Scenic Area has long been a favorite destination for school field trips. However, tight budgets sometimes make transporting students to the Coast unaffordable for many schools districts. A recently received grant now will make it possible for Cape Perpetua staff to ease transportation burdens for field trips.
The National Park Foundation awarded Cape Perpetua $5,500 to offset transportation costs of schools sending children to the Scenic Area for field trips. The Open OutDoors for Kids grant program is part of the White House’s Every Kid in a Park initiative to connect youths with nature through public lands.
“We’re appreciative of the National Park Foundation’s generosity, and we’re looking forward to working with area school districts to bring their students into our ‘outdoor classroom,’” said Brian Hoeh, visitor center manager at Cape Perpetua.
Each year, about 40 school groups and 2,000 schoolchildren visit Cape Perpetua on field trips. To be eligible for transportation funding, fourth-graders must be participating in the field trip. The Every Kid in a Park program targets fourth-graders, giving them free annual passes for public land entrance or day use fees.
To inquire about transportation assistance, contact Cape Perpetua staff at 541-547-3289.
Every Kid in a Park passes still available. Fourth-grade students can still pick up a free pass, good for admission or day-use fees at national parks, national forests and other federal lands across the United States. To receive a free pass, fourth-graders must obtain a paper voucher through the Every Kid in a Park website, and then exchange the voucher for the pass at a participating agency’s field office.
On the Siuslaw National Forest, Every Kid in a Park passes can be obtained to its offices in Corvallis, Hebo and Waldport, as well as the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center in Yachats and the Oregon Dunes Visitor Center in Reedsport.
For more information about the Every Kid in a Park program, call 541-750-7000.