The event was part of President Obama’s Every Kid in a Park initiative, which is giving all 4th graders and their families free passes to federally owned lands for a year.
Lynch, Mayor Tom Butt and National Park Service Deputy Director Denise Ryan were among the attendees. Students were scheduled to take a field trip along the San Francisco Bay Trail as it traverses Richmond’s historic waterfront.
About 1,200 4th-graders attending Richmond and San Pablo schools will receive the passes. As part of the initiative, efforts will be made to get local kids out to see national parks. For some, it will be their first experience. UC Berkeley student interns are being trained by National Park Service rangers to help lead 4th graders through their learning experiences in the park, program officials said.
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