4th Graders FREE in National Parks with “Every Kid In a Park” Pass

by Shelly Rivoli
Fourth graders free in National Parks with Every Kid in a Park pass

Curious about the FREE National Parks Pass for 4th Graders? If you’ll have a fourth grader in the house and want to visit our nation’s great parks and monuments–for free–don’t miss your chance to register your student for a 1-year “Every Kid in a Park” pass. (And yes, their family members traveling with them get in free, too!)

4th grade every kid in a park national park pass

Here are six helpful things to know about the 4th Grade National Parks Pass:

 

ONE – Your FREE 4th 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. Home-schooled fourth graders are included!

Touching a real dinosaur fossil still embedded in the wall at the Carnegie Quarry Exhibit Hall. Dinnertime dino conversations will never be the same.

Dinosaur National Monument: Touching a real dinosaur fossil still embedded in the wall at the Carnegie Quarry Exhibit Hall. Yes, fourth graders and their families can visit FREE! More tips for your visit to Dinosaur National Monument in this post.

 

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 (kids click the “Play” button) to earn it, you’ll need to print your redeemable paper pass right from your own computer. Don’t show up at a park without your printed pass! Digital versions of your pass (eg. just filled out on a parent’s phone) cannot be accepted.

 

TWO – 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.

 

Fourth graders and their families can visit Arches National Monument FREE with the Every Kid in a Park Pass.

 

THREE –  You can, and will even need to, trade in your paper Every Kid in a Park pass for a commemorative credit-card style pass at certain National Park locations. Here is my son recently signing his Every Kid in a Park pass at Joshua Tree National Park. 😀

 

Fourth 4th grader signing Every Kid in a Park national park pass

“This is worth a lot of money, kid,” the ranger said. “Be sure to keep it in a safe place, won’t you?”  Follow this link to see if a National Park you’ll visit offers these special passes.

 

FOUR – 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).

 

The General Sherman Tree at Sequoia National Park in California.

The General Sherman Tree at Sequoia National Park in California. More tips for your visit to Sequoia National Park with Kids in this post.

 

FIVE – 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.

 

Fourth graders visit Bryce Canyon National Park free with the Every Kid in a Park pass. Click here for advice on hiking Bryce Canyon National Park.

Fourth graders visit Bryce Canyon National Park free with the Every Kid in a Park pass. Click here for advice on hiking Bryce Canyon National Park with kids.

 

SIX – And don’t forget! Many of our U.S. National Parks offer Junior Ranger educational programs and the chance to earn Junior Ranger badges. Ask for your booklet at the Visitors Center upon arriving at your next National Park.

How  many badges will YOU earn before fifth grade? Don’t miss our linked features with tips for visiting national parks with kids below!

 

In case you were wondering, after some 40 minutes of answering and then asking the park ranger their OWN questions about dinosaurs, all three kids were sworn in as Junior Paleontologists. They are their most prized badges from the National Parks so far.

At Dinosaur National Monument: In case you were wondering, after some 40 minutes of answering and then asking the park ranger their OWN questions about dinosaurs, all three kids were sworn in as “Junior Paleontologists.” Awesome!

 

Click here for more information about the Every Kid in a Park pass and to get your own pass today. And for tips and inspiration in planning your family’s National Park vacation, don’t miss these helpful guides.

 

You might also like these National Park features:

Sequoia National Park with Kids

Dry Tortugas National Park with Kids: Tips for Your Florida Family Day Trip

Zion National Park with Kids

Jurassic Pilgrimage: Tips for Visiting Dinosaur National Monument with Kids

Glacier National Park with Kids

Swamp Buggy: A Tale of Family Adventure in Big Cypress National Preserve

Yosemite National Park with Kids

The Black Hills and Mount Rushmore with Kids

Hiking Bryce Canyon National Park with Kids

U.S. Virgin Islands with Kids – St. John & St. Thomas plus St. Croix

This is a revised and updated version of an article which first ran in September of 2015.

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2 comments

Diane P. September 14, 2015 - 9:07 pm

Isn’t this a great surprise! Makes me want to contact every fourth grade teacher I know so their students’ families won’t go unaware.
Thanks again, Shelly, for bringing unexpected travel opportunities to light!
And, as usual, your photos really grab my senses.
Many thanks!

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Shelly Rivoli September 14, 2015 - 9:31 pm

Glad to help get the word out–I’m so glad they’re doing this! I would love to see our government open up even more opportunities for kids to experience our national treasures first hand. In France, all kids under 18 can visit national monuments & museums for free. It makes it much easier for parents to share cultural and natural treasures when they only have to pay for the adults and not 4 or 5 people! But in this case during 4th grade at least…the whole family can go free! 😉 PS About teachers–they can actually apply for the passes for 4th grade students as well. There’s info and instructions on the http://www.everykidinapark.gov site.

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