Is your child a fourth grader for the 2015-2016 school year? If so, your fourth grade student—and entire family—qualifies to visit all national parks, national forests, national wildlife refuges, and other federal park lands throughout the 2015-2016 school year—for FREE as part of the Every Kid in a Park initiative!
Every Kid in a Park passes are scheduled to be available on September 1, 2015. Passes will be good for one year. Details on obtaining and using the passes will be announced September 1, to coincide with the launch of the program. As information is released, or as updates are made, check the Every Kid in a Park page for the most current program details.
Every Kid in a Park joins the National Park Foundation’s Open Outdoors for Kids program in helping children learn history, culture, and science while exploring the great outdoors. With kids spending more time in front of technology these days—smart phones, video games, tablets—it is more important than ever to encourage children to learn by experiencing and not just researching online.
Because the fourth grade student and their entire family can get into the parks for FREE, visiting one of America’s beautiful national parks would be a frugal—and educational—vacation for your family this year. Want to plan a trip? Click here to get a pass for your fourth grader and family.
Following is a list of the parks that are a part of this program. Check out the locations and links and start planning your visit today:
Acadia NP—Bar Harbor, ME
Arches NP—Moab, UT
Big South Fork NRRA—Oneida, TN
Biscayne NP—Homestead, FL
Bryce Canyon NP—Bryce, UT
Cape Cod NS—Wellfleet, MA
Cape Hatteras NS—Manteo, NC
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal NHP—Hagerstown, MD
Death Valley NP—Death Valley, CA
Everglades NP—Homestead, FL
Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania NMP—Fredericksburg, VA
Glacier Bay NP and PRES—Gustavus, AK
Glacier NP—West Glacier, MT
Grand Canyon NP—Grand Canyon, AZ
Grand Teton NP—Moose, WY
Great Basin NP—Baker, NV
Grand Sand Dunes NP and PRES—Mosca, CO
Great Smokey Mountains NP—Gatlinburg, TN
Harpers Ferry NHP—Harpers Ferry, WV
Lassen Volcanic NP—Mineral, CA
Mammoth Cave NP—Mammoth Cave, KY
Mesa Verde NP—Mesa Verde, CO
Mount Rainier NP—Ashford, WA
Olympic NP—Port Angeles, WA
Ozark NSR—Van Buren, MO
Rocky Mountain NP—Estes Park, CO
San Antonio Missions NHP—San Antonio, TX
Sequoia and Kings Canyon NP—Three Rivers, CA
Shenandoah NP—Luray, VA
Sleeping Bear Dunes NL—Empire, MI
Theodore Roosevelt NP—Medora, ND
Virgin Islands NP—St. John, Virgin Islands
Yellowstone NP—Yellowstone NP, WY
Yosemite NP—Yosemite NP, CA
Zion NP—Springdale, UT
*The initiative is an administration-wide effort among the National Park Service, Forest Service, Department of Education, Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Reclamation, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.