4th graders can now visit national parks for free

By September 3, 2015Life
Arches National Park in Utah

If you’re in 4th grade or have a 4th grader in your family, you’re in luck! If you don’t, I would recommend finding a 10-year-old buddy this school year.

President Obama meets a family in Alaska’s Kenai Fjords National Park.
Photo courtesy of The White House via Facebook

The federal government has kicked off an initiative called “Every Kid in a Park,” designed to get more kids outside. From now until August 2016, all fourth graders can visit any United States federal land for free. This includes national parks, national forests, national wildlife refuges and more. Plus, they get to bring their families and friends with them!

All kids (or their parents) have to do is visit www.everykidinapark.gov and print a voucher. Once printed, parents can take their child to any federal lands that distribute park passes and exchange the voucher for an official pass. Whoever is in the car with them is granted free entry.

Check out NationalParks.org to find a national park near you, or start planning for your road trip!