BUFORD, Ga. -- South Atlantic Division Commander Brigadier General C. David Turner joined rangers and volunteers at Lake Sidney Lanier catfish pond July 27 to instruct Atlanta-area children how to be safe in and around water and to fish.

The visit was part of an Every Kid in a Park (EKIP) initiative, a White House youth effort that grants fourth-grade students and their families free admission to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recreational areas and more than 2,000 federally managed sites nationwide. EKIP launched to help engage and create a new generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates. It provides fourth-graders free access to federal public lands and waters in person throughout the school year.

To kick off next year's EKIP program, Turner provided children in attendance a 2017 annual pass to all federal park lands. Beginning Sept. 1, all fourth-grade students have access to their own Every Kid in a Park pass at www.everykidinapark.gov. They can complete a fun educational activity to obtain and print a personalized voucher for unlimited use at national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and more for one year.

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