A friend sent me the link to the Every Kid Outside initiative, knowing how much we love history and the great outdoors. Through this program, every 4th grader in the United States is eligible to receive a year-long pass to get into any national park free.
The bipartisan John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation Management and Recreation Act, which was signed into law by President Trump on March 12, 2019, authorized funding for Every Kid Outdoors for the next seven years.
To obtain the free pass, fourth grade students visit the Every Kid Outdoors website, participate in a short educational activity, and download a voucher. The voucher is valid for multiple use between Sept. 1, 2019 and Aug. 31, 2020 to correspond to the traditional school year. The voucher may be exchanged for a keepsake pass at participating federal lands.
The voucher or pass grants free entry for fourth graders, all children under 16 in the group and up to three accompanying adults (or an entire car for drive-in parks) to most federally managed lands and waters. The pass does not cover expanded amenity fees such as camping or boat rides.
(This is an expansion of the “Every Kid in a Park” program established in 2015.)
There are seven federal agencies participating in the program. You can search for participating lands and waters through the agency links below: