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National Park Service Announces Entrance Fee-Free Days for 2019

The National Park Service will waive all entrance fees on five days in 2019.

The five entrance fee-free days for 2019 will be:

  • Monday, January 21 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Saturday, April 20 – First Day of National Park Week/National Junior Ranger Day
  • Sunday, August 25 – National Park Service Anniversary
  • Saturday, September 28 – National Public Lands Day
  • Monday, November 11 – Veterans Day

“The entrance fee-free days hosted by the National Park Service are special opportunities to invite visitors, volunteers and veterans to celebrate some important moments for our parks and opportunities for service in those parks,” said National Park Service Deputy Director P. Daniel Smith.

The National Park System includes more than 85 million acres and includes national parks, national historical parks, national monuments, national recreation areas, national battlefields, and national seashores. There is at least one national park site in every U.S. state.

Last year, 331 million people visited national parks spending $18.2 billion, which supported 306,000 jobs across the country and had a $35.8 billion impact on the U.S. economy.

Only 115 of the 418 parks managed by the National Park Service charge entrance fees regularly, with fees ranging from $5 to $35. The other 303 national parks do not have entrance fees. The entrance fee waiver for the fee-free days does not cover amenity or user fees for activities such as camping, boat launches, transportation, or special tours.

The annual $80 America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass allows unlimited entrance to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including all national parks. There are also free or discounted passes available for senior citizens, current members of the U.S. military, families of fourth grade students, and disabled citizens.

Other federal land management agencies offering their own fee-free days in 2019 include the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Forest Service, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Free Resources to Support Healthy Sleep for Children

Better sleep leads to better performance. In the classroom, on the field, and in life. The Alliance for a Healthier Generation and Sleep Number campaign, Sleep Smarter. Perform Better. campaign, is designed to raise awareness about the importance of improving child and youth sleep. Visit HealthierGeneration.org/SmarterSleep to access free healthy sleep resources and fun activities for children of all ages.

National Parks Week – Free Entrance Saturday!

Next week is National Parks Week and it includes one of the National Park Service’s Free Days on Saturday, April 21. Take advantage of the free entrance and spring weather to explore one of the over 400 beautiful national parks nationwide!

Free School-Required Vaccinations

There are many more long, leisurely summer days before school begins, but school officials encourage parents to plan ahead for any shots children may need before they return to class on August 14.

Free school-required vaccinations will be provided by Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) and the Florida Department of Health in Orange County from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on July 18, 19, 20 and July 25, 26, 27 at 6501 Magic Way, Building 100B, Orlando, FL 32809.

The shots are offered on a first come, first served basis.  Click here to view the flyer.

Questions? Call 407-317-3200, ext. 2002609.

FREE Lorax Activity Book

Kids can help the Lorax save energy and protect our planet with this fun activity book (pdf) or brochure.

Additional publications are available here.

Free Entrance to National Parks

Did you know that the National Park Service turns 100 on August 26, 2016? And to celebrate this big birthday, entrance to all national parks will be free from August 25 to August 28. Learn more about the centennial celebrations.

Looking to visit a park close to you? Check out some of the National Park Service staff’s favorites, and find out why they made the list!

Free Summer Healthcare for OCPS Students

Free healthcare is available for Orange County Public Schools students this summer through the cooperative efforts of Healthcare Providers of Florida, Orange County Public Schools, and the Orange County Citizens’ Commission for Children. Services include school entry, sports physical and Special Olympics physicals, as well as sick visits for diagnosis and treatment of illness and injury, including prescriptions. All healthcare services are provided by nurse practitioners.

  • Services are by appointment only
  • Students must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian
  • Please bring most recent immunization records to your appointment

Lake Weston Elementary
550 Milan Drive
Orlando, FL 32810
407-286-2947
Dates of Service: July 12, 13, 19, 20

Walker Middle School
150 Amadon Lane
Orlando, FL 32809
407-850-5101
Dates of Service: July 11, 12, 18, 21, 25, 26, 28 and August 1, 4, 8, 11

Free Children’s Dental Clinic – Feb. 20

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Kid’s Smiles – Kids Smiles Flyer

Saturday, February 20, 2016 8:00am
Valencia College 1800 S. Kirkman Road, AHS building, Orlando, 32811

Free cleanings, sealants, fluoride, oral hygiene instructions, toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss for children 1-18 years of age.

For more information:
Dental Care Access
407-898-1525
dcaf@bellsouth.net

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Every Kid in a Park Offers Free Admission to National Parks

ParksBeginning this month, fourth graders can sign up online to receive a voucher that grants entrance to the student and a carload of passengers to federal recreation areas for a year.

You can start planning your next adventure by visiting the National Park Service website and using the Find a Park tool. Select a park from the drop-down list or choose a state from the map. With more 400 parks to choose from, you can get a little help picking one when you check out the featured events or search the calendar by state, park and dates.

For more information about the program, visit http://www.nationalparks.org/ook/every-kid-in-a-park.

If you plan on participating in the Every Kid in a Park program, be sure to check out these healthy campfire cooking ideas. Brought to you by Healthiest Weight Florida, the Healthy Campfire Cooking Program is designed to create opportunities for park visitors to try healthier camping foods while learning new recreational skills.

 

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Free School-Required Vaccinations

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Free School-Required Vaccinations and Printing of Current 680 Forms

Parents: Bring valid ID and child’s current immunization records March 22, 23, and 24 (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday)
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Ronald Blocker Educational Leadership Center

445 W. Amelia Street, Orlando, 32801

Walk-ins only, First come, first served

Questions?  Call 407.317.3200, ext. 2002609 or see Spring Break Shots Link at www.ocps.net