Are you looking for a fun family trip this summer? With the Every Kid in a Park Program, all 4th graders and their families get free entrance to national parks for a year! Enjoy a full year of visiting some of the most beautiful parks, lands, and waters in the United States.
How to Get a Free National Parks Pass
Simply visit https://www.everykidinapark.gov, click “Get a Pass” and complete the online registration. You will be able to print your pass immediately. The pass is available for all 4th grade (or homeschool equivalent) students.
For parks that charge an entrance fee, the Every Kid in a Park pass allows free entry for the student and all children under 16, and up to 3 adults.
Find Your Closest National Park
Looking for a park to visit? The National Park Foundation offers a fantastic search function that will help you find the perfect national park to explore. Search for parks by state, by region, or by name.
Check Out These Fun Educational Resources to Enhance Your Visit!
- The Junior Ranger Program: The Junior Ranger program helps young visitors develop an appreciation for our national parks. Geared towards children aged 5 to 13 (but open to anyone!), Junior Rangers complete a series of activities during a park visit and receive a Junior Ranger parch and certificate. The website offers activities that can be done at home, the Junior Ranger Song, and links to parks that participate in the program.
- Visit the WebRangers! Play games, find activities, or hike the virtual trails and instill a love of the national parks in your family all from the comfort of home.
- The National Parks Service: The teachers’ resource page at the official National Parks Service site is a valuable resource for educators and parents. It features lesson plans, printable guides, maps, trading cards, and more! Check out the resources and get inspired to plan a trip or research educational materials to supplement your next park trip.
- National Parks Adventure: The site features an excellent downloadable educator guide created by the Science Museum of Minnesota and a printable map with activities. Both are fun resources that provide information and activities relating to some of the nation’s most spectacular parks.
- The National Park Foundation: Free themed downloadable guides to national parks. From the best places to recharge, how to visit the parks by rail, parks close to urban areas, to the hidden gems in the parks system, each guide offers a bevy of travel ideas.
Have fun exploring the natural beauty of the U.S. National Parks!