Free National Parks Membership for 4th Graders

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Free National Parks Membership for 4th Graders

Free national parks membership

To encourage kids and families to put down the electronics and explore the outdoors, the Every Kid in a Park program was started. This is the second year for the program and it provides a Free National Parks Membership to current 4th grade students. The pass  provides free access to students and their families to all federally managed lands and waters – including national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and marine sanctuaries. The pass is valid for a full calendar year starting September first, and grants free entry for fourth graders and three accompanying adults (or an entire car for drive-in parks) at more than 2,000 federally-managed sites.

Free national parks membership

Family and Dog Taking Off in Canoe on South Rolly Lake, Alaska
Credit: USFWS photo by Ronald Laubenstein

Free national parks membership

Family hiking at Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Credit: NPS Photo by Will Elder, Golden Gate National Recreation Area

With over 2,000 sites available with the Free National Parks Membership, there’s a lot to discover and the options are bountiful for family trips and staycations. With more than 80 percent of American families living in urban areas and many lacking easy access to safe outdoor spaces, this is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and spend less time in front of a screen. To get their pass, Fourth graders can log onto the Every Kid website at Every Kid in a Park and complete a fun educational activity in order to obtain and print their pass, new each year for current fourth graders. Some sites even allow you to trade in the paper pass for a plastic pass.

Free national parks membership

Children hike on a forested trail in Lewis and Clark National Historical Park
Credit: NPS photo, Lewis and Clark National Historical Park

The Every Kid in a Park website also contains a toolkit for community leaders and teachers with resources for planning field trips. There they will find a greatly expanded list of federal land and water sites that are suited for fourth grade field trips. It provides access to educational activities, field trip options, and the ability to print passes for their classrooms. Parents visiting the website can find additional links for more information on planning trips to nearby public lands.

Free national parks membership

Young boy and girl hiking along sunlit path in woods with walking sticks and backpack; boy is pointing toward something interesting up in trees. This image was used in the “Children and Nature” Conference at the National Conservation Training Center.
Credit: USFWS photo by Steve Hillebrand

The Free National Parks Membership Pass is good from September 1st – August 31st and allows for  unlimited visits to national parks as well as federal lands and waters managed by seven different federal agencies. For more information about each agencies participation and information visit their sites below.

Free national parks membership

Children fishing in the distance during a free fishing event.
Credit: USFWS photo by Larry Jernigan

For more information on how to obtain your Free National Parks Membership for your 4th grader, visit them online at Every Kid in a Park. You can also download this brochure to share.National Parks Membership

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