California State Parks, First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom and the Natural Resources Agency announced the opportunity for fourth graders to apply for a free California State Parks Adventure Pass. Effective now, they can apply for the pass that will give them the opportunity to explore 19 select state parks free for a full year, including Empire Mine State Historic Park right here in Grass Valley.

“The California State Park Adventure Pass is an incredible new program that will help promote a healthier, more equitable California for all —a California where every child has the opportunity to explore, learn and benefit from our state’s natural wonders,” said First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom. Championed by the First Partner, whose California for All Kids initiatives support children’s physical, mental and social-emotional well-being, the California State Park Adventure Pass Program expands the opportunity for fourth graders and their families to enjoy the benefits of connecting with nature, with each other and with their communities.

Fourth graders, families invited to explore state parks for free

A welcome sign at the Penn Gate associates users to the trails system of Empire Mine State Historic Park.