Parents, if you have a fourth grader, your family can visit over 2,000 federal lands and waters – including National Parks – at no charge. Fourth Grade Teachers can also apply for their students. Every Kid Outdoors is an effort to connect America’s youth to public lands, to ensure a new generation of stewards.
- The pass is for U.S. fourth-grade (or home-school equivalent) students.
- The pass is for the 2020 to 2021 school year. It expires August 31, 2021.
- Students can’t transfer the pass to anyone else.
- Electronic copies of passes are not accepted. You must present the paper pass. If you lose your pass, get a new one by visiting the website and signing up again.
- No refunds are given for previously purchased passes, or if you forget your pass when you visit.
- Educators can get one paper pass for each of their fourth-grade students.
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.
Apply for your pass here.
This is a wonderful program to take advantage of! For added fun, think about purchasing a Passport to Your National Parks book. Stinky and Blinky each have one, and it is our hope to get at least one stamp from each region before they graduate from high school.
Here are a few highlights of ours from over the years.
Over 2,000 opportunities await you. Enjoy!
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