Do you have a child in the 4th grade? Do you teach 4th grade students? This post is for you if you if your answer was yes to either question! The Every Kid in a Park pass allows EVERY 4th grade student in the United States to act as an ambassador for public lands. The student is issued a pass that serves as a fee waiver for National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service sites. Your child just has to present that pass at the gate or display it in the windshield to cover your family’s entrance to the site.
How do I get this pass?
Teachers and parents can head to http://www.everykidinapark.gov to do a few activities and print off passes. Some park and forest sites will even send rangers to your school to lead the kids in a few educational games and present passes to the 4th grade classes.
I have the pass. Now what?
The United States is now your oyster. Grand Canyon? Free! Arches National Park? Free! If you’re going to fee area, your kid has the magic pass. Click on the “Plan A Trip” link on the Every Kid in a Park page for a start. Then head to http://www.nps.gov for more information on the parks that you might want to visit.