Eric Johnson

Nevada expands free parks passes for elementary students

Nevada students ages 9 to 11 can play at state parks for free beginning in July under a law Gov. Brian Sandoval signed Friday that will give fifth-graders free entry to all state parks and recreational areas for one year.

The measure builds on a federal program that allows fourth-graders to apply for free admission to all national parks as well as Nevada state parks.

"I told my parents about it," fourth-grader Ella Girdner, 9, said after the signing. "They said that they wanted to go more."

She was among the nearly 100 students in grades 2-5 who field tripped to meet the governor and witness the bill signing.

Sandoval gave final approval...