How to Get a Free Pass for Your 4th Grader to Every National Park?
Attention all parents of 4th graders! Are you ready for an incredible adventure in the great outdoors? We've got some exciting news for you: Your 4th grader can score a FREE pass to explore every national park, land, and waterfall across the country for an entire year! That's right - a year filled with breathtaking landscapes, awe-inspiring wildlife, and unforgettable family memories, all at no cost. So, how can you get your hands on this golden ticket? Keep reading to uncover the secret to unlocking this amazing opportunity for your family. Let the wilderness exploration begin!
America’s National Parks system offers free passes to 4th graders and their families because they want kids off the couch and get them and their families outdoors to explore the natural wonders of our country.
GET YOUR PASS
All you need to do is follow simple steps and you'll be on your 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 good for an entire year. 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.
PLAN YOUR TRIP
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 on the map below to see cabins and hotels near your destination.
This program is repeated every year, so eventually, all your kids have an opportunity to participate.
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