National Parks

How Your Fourth Grader Can Get Your Family a Free National Parks Pass

If you love going to national parks but are on a budget that has been limiting you and your family from enjoying them as much as you would like to, the US National Parks Service has an offer that might be music to your ears.  If you have a child that is in fourth grade, they qualify for the Every Kid Outdoors free national parks pass from the US National Parks Service.  With this pass, your child can get your entire family into any US National Park for free.


The only caveat is that your fourth-grade child must be traveling with you in order for you to use the park pass.  That makes sense as the whole purpose of the program is to get kids outdoors and into our national parks at an early age so that they can learn to appreciate them.  The passes are also non-transferable, so you can’t transfer it from one child to another once your child graduates the fourth grade.  However, as long as the pass is valid and you have your fourth-grader with you, your whole family gets in free!

Steps to Obtain an Every Kid Outdoors Pass


If you have a fourth-grade child and are interested in getting the Every Child Outdoors free national parks pass, I have included instructions for you to follow below.

  1. Visit the Every Kid Outdoors website.
  2. Help your fourth-grader complete the Adventure Diary
  3. Print off the final document
  4. Hand-in your paperwork at any national parkland for your child’s FREE park pass
  5. Start visiting parks as a family!

The Adventure Diary is a short survey where your child fills out information about what things they would like to do in the national parks.  With a wide variety of parks, monuments, lakeshores, and recreation areas in the US National Parks System, there is something for kids of all interests.

The park pass will get your family into any of the following US National Park Service lands:

  • Bureau of Land Management
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • National Park Service
  • Bureau of Reclamation
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers sites

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4 replies »

  1. That is so great, the only pity is that I have read too many horror stories about US National Parks (especially unexplained disappearances). I wish I have not, honestly.

    • Yeah, there tends to be a number of fatalities because of falls each year. I wish people would be more careful 😢

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