DENVER (CBS4) – When going to the library next time, along with a good book, why not check out a seven-day pass to any of Colorado’s state parks?

Colorado Parks and Wildlife has teamed up with eight libraries across Colorado for the Check-Out Colorado State Park Program. The program offers residents the ability to check out one of two seven-day hang-tag park passes at each library. The pass is good for entrance to all 42 state parks.

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The passes also include a backpack filled with park information and educational activities.

“This program puts us on track with the governor’s initiative to encourage Coloradans, particularly children, teens and the underserved, to develop deeper connections with the natural environment that sets Colorado apart as a special place,” CPW Director Bob Broscheid said in a statement.

The passes can also be reserved and renewed at the libraries.

“We encourage all Coloradans to explore and learn through their libraries,” said Colorado State Library Development Director Sharon Morris. “This pass and backpack program gives residents the opportunity to literally ‘check out’ Colorado State Parks and discover the wildlife and beauty of our state.”

The program began on Oct. 1 and will run through March 31, 2016. If the program is considered a success it will be expanded beginning in April of 2016.

Additional Information From Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Participating pilot libraries include:

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Aurora Public Library, Central Library, 14949 E Alameda Pkwy, Aurora, CO 80012, 303-739-6600;

Anythink Libraries, Brighton Branch, 327 E Bridge St, Brighton, CO 80601, 303-405-3230;

Delta County Libraries, Paonia Branch, 23rd St, Paonia, CO 81428, 970-399-7881;

Denver Public Library, Green Valley Ranch Branch, 4856 Andes Ct, Denver, CO 80249 720-865-0310;

Garfield County Public Library, Rifle Branch, 207 East Ave, Rifle, CO 81650; 970-625-3471,

Las Animas/Bent County Library, 306 5th St, Las Animas, CO 81054, 719-456-0111;

Mesa County Public Library, Grand Junction Main Library, 443 N. 6th St, Grand Junction, CO 81501, 970-243-4442;

Trinidad Public Library, 202 N. Animas St, Trinidad, CO 81082, 719-846-6841.

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For more information go to http://cpw.state.co.us/Pages/LibraryBackpack.aspx. Users are encouraged to post pictures to Instagram and Twitter: #CheckOutColorado.