Do you have a 4th grader in your family? If so, you need to read this! Starting September 1, 2015 all 4th graders and their families can have FREE access to all public lands and water that normally have an entrance fee. This is part of the Every Kid in the Park Initiative. You can read more by visiting their site at www.everykidinapark.gov. Sign up today!! The initiative will help engage and create our next generation of public land visitors, supporters and advocates as children learn history, culture and science while exploring the great outdoors.
Getting your free parks pass is easy! All you need is your 4th grader (or home-school equivalent) and access to the official US website, www.everykidinapark.gov. Once there, click on “Get Your Pass”. Your 4th grader will complete their adventure diary to get the free pass online. The adventure diary is a quick little game where they select an option to choose their own adventure (silly, but cute). At the end they will enter their zip code.
Below are the official rules of the free 4th grade park pass:
- The pass is for U.S. fourth-grade (or home-school equivalent) students.
- Each year, the pass will be for the CURRENT SCHOOL YEAR (i.e. 2016 to 2017 school year pass would expire August 31, 2017).
- Students can’t transfer the pass to anyone else.
- We can’t accept electronic versions of this paper for access or to exchange for a pass.
- No refunds are given for previously purchased passes, or if you forget your pass when you visit.
- If you lose your pass, get a new one by visiting the website and signing up again.
- Educators can get one paper pass for each of their fourth-grade students.
- This program only provides passes for fourth graders.
How it works:
- Show your pass to a ranger when you enter. If there is no ranger, leave it on the dashboard of your car.
- If you visit a site that charges entrance fees per person— The pass admits all children under 16 and up to three adults for free.
- If your group visits a site that charges vehicle entrance fees – The pass admits all children under 16 and all adults in up to one passenger vehicle. Commercial vehicles can’t use a pass to get in.
- If you arrive at a site on bicycle— The pass admits all children under 16 and up to three adults on bicycles.
- The pass doesn’t cover things like parking fees, camping, boats, and special tours. Also, some sites are managed by private operators. They may not honor the pass. Check with the site ahead of time to find out.
- The pass doesn’t cover fees for local, city, or state parks and recreation areas unless they say that they accept this pass.
- Paper passes can be exchanged for plastic passes at certain sites.