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FREE National Parks 1-Year Pass for Families with 4th Graders

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Have a kiddo in the 4th grade this year?

If you have a child in the 4th grade (or homeschooling equivalent) this year, your family is eligible for a FREE National Parks Annual Pass valid through August 31st, 2019!

The pass grants free access to national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, and more for your 4th grader plus all children under 16 and up to three adults! You can use it as many times as you’d like, meaning you’ll get an entire year’s worth of FREE visits.

Are you a 4th grade teacher?

4th grade teachers and adults who lead youth-serving organizations (think home-schooling co-op, camps, youth groups, etc.) can print passes for your entire class plus download fun activities.

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Comments 16

  1. Loudflower

    My husband so badly wants to rent an RV and travel out west next summer. I guess this just might cinch the deal. Thanks!
    Any money saving tips that readers could share for a trip like that? RV’s are so expensive to rent!

    • Liza (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      You’re very welcome Loudflower! Hopefully fellow Hip2Savers will have some tips for you! I’ve never personally rented an RV but it sounds like fun!

    • sopheak

      I’ve read somewhere about companies that need people to transport rvs… meaning you can rent one for really cheap. But your dates won’t be as flexible.

      • Americhick

        sopheak, I have never heard of a company that allows the drivers to sleep in the RVs that they are transporting. Would you happen to know the name of a company such as that? Thank you 🙂

    • Americhick

      Loudflower, have you ever considered buying a USED RV in the winter months when people are willing to take less for them? Enjoy your trip, and then you can sell it! Many people do just that!

    • Tara

      I would say instead of an RV use a converted van; my grandparents customized a large van for camping and did national parks around north America. They had these amazing captains chairs that they had done (6 of them) for when my grandfather took us hunting; they would take out all but 2 when they did the parks and put a queen bed in the back for camping in the parks. With storage under the bed, they would store everything they needed – camping stove, food, luggage, etc. they also put in curtains they could close for privacy around the side and back windows. And they had their own portable toilet that (at least for hunting) was for emergencies or where there were no toilets – it even flushed! It was a very large Van and i don’t recall if the roof popped up or it already had quite high ceilings, but it was possible to stand inside of it. This is basically the same as an RV minus a couple ammenities and is much better for the environment (and your wallet)

  2. ws

    We went to South Dakota in June. My granddaughter loved showing her 4th grade pass at the parks

  3. Mo4Sho

    Thanks for the reminder. We finally have a 4th grader and start visiting all these parks.

    • Amber (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yay! You’re very welcome! Enjoy!

  4. Loudflower

    That’s a pretty smart idea. Thanks!

    • Amber (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      You’re so welcome!

  5. Loudflower

    I’m assuming this would be a situation where it would be a one way trip and drop off. We would consider something like that or even flying home but I figured we would have a ton of gear. I can look into it though. Thank you!

  6. Mary

    Why just 4th graders? All kids should get in free!

    • Jennifer (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Good question, Mary! I’m not really sure and I tried to find out. I can tell you that I live near Crater Lake National Park and all the 4th grades go on a field trip to see it. It makes me wonder if they feel that 4th grade is a great time for kids to learn about National Parks, absorb the information and respect the park grounds. Our 4th graders learn a lot when they attend the Crater Lake field trips.

    • Jackie

      This is what they posted why 4th graders.

      Why fourth graders
      We chose fourth graders because research shows that kids ages nine to 11 are beginning to learn about the world around them. They’re open to new ideas, and they are likely to connect to nature and our history.
      We offer the pass to fourth graders every year. Over time, every kid can get a free pass to explore our country.

    • Jackie

      But I totally agree with you, all kids should be able to get in free. Now if you have a 4th grader siblings and up to 3 adults can get in free.

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