Take Your 4th Grader to National Parks for FREE!

Updated: Mar 19

How to Get A Free Pass for Your 4th Grader to Every National Park?

The Spring is almost here, and it is time to hit the outdoors! And if you have a 4th grader, your entire family gets to go to hundreds of parks, lands, and waterfalls for an entire year for FREE.

America’s National Parks system is offering these free passes because they want your kids off the couch and get them and their families outdoors to explore the natural wonders of our country.


All you need to do is follow simple steps and you'll be on you way to visit America's most beautiful parks, lands, and waters in no time. All 4th graders can take their family and friends with them for free too! The pass is for the 2020-2021 school year, and expires on August 31, 2021. Click here to get your pass!

When you get to any destination, all you need to do is show your pass to a ranger or leave it on the dashboard of your car. The pass admits all children under 16 and up to three adults for free. The pass is also good for one vehicle if there is a vehicle entrance fee. Commercial vehicles can't use a pass to get in.

The pass doesn't cover things like parking fees, camping, boats, and special tours.

At some sites, the ranger will exchange your paper pass for a plastic pass. The plastic pass is waterproof and a great keepsake! Click here to see the locations where you can get a plastic pass.


To plan your trip, click here, and you will be directed to a page where you can choose what type of National Park you want to visit. Your family may want to stay somewhere overnight. You can reserve a cabin or campsite on recreation.gov or type in your location and dates in the map below to see cabins and hotels near your destination.


If you missed getting your pass for your 4th grader, you can get free access to Interior public lands for your 5th grader through August 2021. Get your voucher here.

Currently, the 5th grade voucher is valid on Department of the Interior, U.S. Forest Service, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineer lands, which include:

  • National Park Service

  • Fish and Wildlife Service

  • Bureau of Land Management

  • Bureau of Reclamation

  • U.S. Forest Service

  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

This program is repeated every year, so eventually, all your kids have an opportunity to participate.

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