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I originally wrote about the exciting Every Kid in the Park program back in February. This fantastic program provides every fourth grader and their family free admission to our national parks and recreational sites for a full year!
Today is the day!!! Go online to print your family pass. The pass is good through 2015-2016 school year. This also happens to coincide with 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service.
Our national lands and waters belong to everyone. That includes you! Use this pass to visit any of them for free.
- The pass is for U.S. fourth graders (or home-school equivalent) students.
- The pass is for the 2015 to 2016 school year. It expires August 31, 2016.
- Students can’t transfer the pass to anyone else.
- We can’t accept electronic versions of this paper for access or to exchange for a pass.
- There’s no way to request a refund later if you forget the pass when you visit.
- If you lose your pass, get a new one by visiting the website and signing up again.
- Educators can get one paper pass for each of their fourth-grade students.
How it works
- Show your pass to a ranger when you enter. If there is no ranger, leave it on the dashboard of your car.
- If you visit a site that charges entrance fees per person— The pass admits all children under 16 and up to three adults for free.
- If your group visits a site that charges vehicle fees – The pass admits all children under 16 and all adults in up to one passenger vehicle. Commercial vehicles can’t use a pass to get in.
- If you arrive at a site on bicycle— The pass admits all children under 16 and up to three adults on bicycles.
- The pass doesn’t cover things like camping, boats, and special tours. Also, some sites are managed by private operators. They may not honor the pass. Check with the site ahead of time to find out.
- The pass doesn’t cover fees for local, city, or state parks and recreation areas unless they say that they accept this pass.
Get out there and start exploring! Use this link to find a National Park near you.
President Obama just introduced a very exciting new initiative today called “Every Kid in the Park“. This program will provide every fourth grader and their families free admission to our national parks and recreational sites for a full year!
The “Every Kid in a Park” program will begin in the fall, just in time for the start of the 2015-2016 school year. This also happens to coincide with 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service.
According to the White House 80% of American families live around cities where children spend more than 53 hours every week glued to their electronic devices. This initiative is a push to get kids and their families outdoors and active and hopefully inspire a love for nature.
The immediate goal is to provide an opportunity for each and every 4th grade student across the country to experience their public lands and waters in person throughout the 2015-2016 school year.
Every 4th grader family interested will receive a FREE annual pass! Currently an annual pass is $80.00. If you are not a family with an incoming 4th grader you can still take advantage of the annual FREE days (which I always blog about).
In addition President Obama also released that there will be 3 sites throughout the country that will be designated as new national monuments: Pullman town in Illinois, which played a role in the civil rights movement; Honolulu National Monument in Hawaii, the site of an internment camp during World War II; and Browns Canyon National Monument in Colorado, a huge area scenic area in the Arkansas River Valley.
If you want to get a head start and start planning your year, here’s a link to find a National Park near you. As a the Mom of an incoming 4th grader and a Girl Scout Leader I am extremely happy to hear this news. I look forward to discovering more of our National Parks this coming year and deepening my daughter’s love of the outdoors.
The 7th annual National Get Outdoors Day is on June 14, 2014. This event encourages healthy, active outdoor lives and embraces our parks, forests, refuges and other public lands and waters. Participating partners will offer opportunities for American families to experience traditional and non-traditional types of outdoor activities.
Get Outside Day event actives will offer a mix of information centers, “active fun” areas, places where guests (especially kids) can use a fishing pole, go geocaching, help pitch a tent and more. Many sites also feature areas that focus on other aspects of healthy living, including sustainability and good nutrition.
The sites will also provide photo opportunities with characters like Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl.
In addition to the days events, participants will be invited to nearby follow-up activities called EchO events occurring throughout the summer, which include introductions to mountain biking and fly-fishing, hikes with rangers to see wildlife, kayaking and rafting and much more.