It’s official! Every kid in fourth grade this school year can now register for a 1-year “Every Kid in a Park” pass to visit U.S. National Parks and Monuments—with their families—for free.
If you have a child in fourth grade this year (like I do!), or one who will be in fourth grade before you can blink, here’s how to get your Every Kid in the Park pass—and make the most of it. Let’s do this!
- Your FREE fourth grade National Parks pass is valid from the September you start fourth grade through the end of the following summer. Those in fourth grade this school year can use it now through August 31, 2016. Home-schooled fourth graders are included! Follow this link to go to the official Every Kid in a Park site and get your free National Parks pass! Once you’ve answered a few fun questions to earn it, you’ll be able to print your pass right from your own computer.
2. At National Parks where admission is charged for private vehicles (eg. Arches, Yosemite, Yellowstone, etc.), the entire carload of friends and family members accompanying the pass-holding fourth grader gets in free! Show your printed pass to the ranger at the park entrance, or where there is no ranger, you can simply leave it displayed on your dashboard.
3. You can trade in your paper Every Kid in a Park pass for a commemorative credit-card style pass at certain National Park locations. Follow this link to see if a National Park you’ll visit offers these special passes.
4. Be aware that the Every Kid in a Park pass will not cover ferry or boat admission to National Park sites, nor private tours, campground fees, or other activities that cost in addition to park entrance fees (eg. Alcatraz Island transportation and tour, or Dry Tortugas National Park ferry service).
5. There is no limit to how many National Parks, Lands, or Monuments you can visit with your valid pass, so get planning, get packing, and get going! For help picking an ideal park for your family to visit, you can use the Every Kid in a Park Trip Planner here, or get all the details on a park of interest on the official National Park Service site.
6. And don’t forget! Many of our U.S. National Parks offer Junior Ranger educational programs and the chance to earn Junior Ranger badges. How many badges will YOU earn before fifth grade?
Click here for more information about the Every Kid in a Park pass and to get your own pass today. Safe travels!