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Every Kid in a Park Welcomes all Fourth Graders

By Janelle Smith, Recreation.gov

Children participate in an outdoor recreation program with Buddy Bison of the National Park Trust. (Tami Heilemann, DOI)
Children participate in an outdoor recreation program with Buddy Bison of the National Park Trust. (Tami Heilemann, DOI)

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The Every Kid in a Park program kicked off its fourth year on September 1, 2018, providing free access to public lands and waters to our nation's fourth graders and their families.

Fourth graders and families across the country have shared their stories of discovery and exploration as they visit public lands. Their experiences are the inspiration for others as they fall in love with the nation's parks, lands, waters and cultural destinations.

Get Your Pass

To obtain the free pass, fourth grade students can visit Every Kid in a Park, participate in a short educational activity, and then download the paper pass to print and bring with them to visit more than 2,000 public lands and waters nationwide. At certain participating sites, fourth graders can exchange the paper pass for a durable plastic Interagency Annual Fourth Grade Pass.

"We come and go, but the land is always here. And the people who love it and understand it are the people who own it — for a little while." Willa Cather

Please note that fourth graders must be present for free entry into parks and to exchange the paper pass for a plastic pass. The fourth grader can use either the paper pass or the durable pass for fee free entry for them and their family.

About the Pass

The pass is valid from September 1, 2018 through August 31, 2019, and grants free entry for fourth graders and up to three accompanying adults to parks, land and waters sites across the country. Plan your trip to thousands of amazing sites with the Build a Trip tool and chart your course for discovery.

Did You Know?

Today, more than 80 percent of American families live in urban areas, and many lack easy access to outdoor spaces. The Every Kid in a Park program encourages valuable opportunities to explore, learn, and play in the spectacular places that belong to us all and aims to inspire stewardship of these places for future generations. 

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