by Kristine F

Do you have a fourth grader in your family? If you do, we have an exciting program for your family to take advantage of! Every Kid in a Park is a program that will provide all fourth grade students the opportunity to get a pass allowing free access to national parks across the country. And, your fourth grader will be able to bring all children under 16 in the family and up to three adults with them for free!

The Every Kid in a Park initiative was started to provide all fourth-grade students and their families with the opportunity to experience and discover our wildlife, resources, and history in person and for free. Fourth graders were chosen because kids ages 9-11 are learning about the world around them and research shows that they are likely to connect with our history and nature. This program gets kids outdoors so that they can learn and explore!

How To Get Your Pass

Grab your fourth grader and head over to the Every Kid in a Park website. Once there, just follow the instructions to get your pass. They will need to answer a few simple questions, enter their zip code, then print the pass. That’s it!

What You Need to Know

  • This program is only for current fourth-grade students (or home school equivalent).
  • The pass will be valid for the entire school year and will expire August 31, 2018.
  • Your fourth grader must be present to use the pass.
  • When visiting a park, you must have the paper pass with you. No electronic copies will be accepted.
  • Each pass has a unique code, so it can’t be shared with anyone else.
  • At some locations the paper pass will be exchanged for a plastic pass.
  • This pass allows all children under 16 and up to three adults free admission.
  • The free admission does not cover parking fees, camping, special tours and a few other things.
  • Be sure to read all the rules and instructions before you go.

Now that you have the pass, head here to plan your trip! No matter where you live, we are all within two hours of an included site. That makes it easier to plan a visit, whether you want to take a day trip, a weekend getaway, or a longer vacation. There are so many possibilities!