Every kid in the park

Published: Nov. 16, 2018 at 5:48 PM CST
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If you happen to have a fourth grader in your family, there's a great program called every kid in the park, or EKIP.

You and your fourth grader can go online, register, and bring that registration to the forest service office, and get a free Christmas tree.

The forest service doesn't just give out Christmas trees to fourth graders.

"This year, the capitol tree came from Willamette National Forest in Oregon." Forest Supervisor Jack Isaacs told NBC.

"Every year it's a different national forest." He said, "And it's a wonderful opportunity to bring the National Forest Service into the community."

"It's a great program" said Isaacs, the trees are grown with the aim of becoming Christmas trees for families. So, they are very good quality, and responsibly grown.

The Pine Ridge Ranger District, and Bessie Ranger District sell tree permits, if you don't qualify for EKIP.

And its easy. "You just head out there, and get a $10 permit. You can take your family out, and get outside and cut your own Christmas tree."