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Free National Parks Annual Pass for Families with 4th Graders (Visit Parks, Wildlife Refuges & More)

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If you have a child in the 4th grade (or homeschooling equivalent) for the 2019-20 school year, your family is eligible for a FREE National Parks Annual Pass – valid through August 31st, 2020!

This 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. How awesome is that?

Cute girl holding up a letter stating why she loves her pass

Are you a 4th grade teacher?

Teachers and adults who lead youth-serving organizations serving 4th graders (think homeschooling co-ops, camps, church groups, etc.) can also print FREE passes for your entire class plus download fun activity guides.

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  1. MamaBear

    Couldn’t figure out how to get the pass?

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi there! Be sure to click through the link above and then click on “get your pass”. Hope this helps!

      • Kathleen

        After you follow Amber’s instructions, click on “play” in the fourth graders box.

        Once your 4th grader has completed their web based activity on the
        Every Kid in a Park website, they will be awarded their voucher
        package for printing. Once your 4th grader arrives at the participating
        Federal recreation site they may exchange their Every Kid in a Park
        voucher for the Annual 4th grade Pass.

        • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

          Thanks so much for the helpful comment, Kathleen!

    • BunniMonroe

      You’re kidding right?

  2. an

    can someone explain how this works? i printed it but the gov site doesnt work

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      If you were able to print your pass, be sure to bring it with you to redeem! Hope that helps!

  3. angie

    We printed out the pass this summer. We went to The Badlands, Yellowstone, and Devil’s Tower with our 4th grader for free. At any of the national parks, they take your printed copy and give you a plastic card pass. It is good for the year. You can look on the website to see where you can use it.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks a bunch for sharing your experience with us, Angie! Good to know how smoothly it worked for your family!

    • ca

      does this cover the tour fees too?

  4. Mary

    Printed the pass and went to the Mighty 5 national parks in southern Utah this summer. What a deal! As you travel, beware that many parks are state parks and those will not be free with this pass. Still, an awesome reason to go explore our nation’s treasures!

  5. J. Davis

    My oldest is in 4th grade and because of this, they’re doing a project about the national parks and planning a family trip to one of their choice. I’m excited to see what my son comes up with and hope to make it a reality.

  6. Sandy

    We just used this pass this past summer for our road trip and it was amazing! It allowed us a family of four enter for free at arches, Bryce Canyon, Yellowstone, devils national monument, grand Teton. It saved us a lot of money! Just print the pass and we left it in our car. Bryce Canyon exchanged it for a hard card and we used it everywhere. It was awesome!

  7. Lorrie

    We are planning a family trip when one of my kids is in 4th grade to head out west: awesome experience!

  8. Kj

    So how do the parks ID a 4th grader?

    • Sarah

      They don’t. When you pull up, they just make sure you have a “4th grader” in your car. It’s by the honor system. The rangers are really cute with the kids- at least that was our experience. My daughter felt so cool being the reason we were able to go to so many places.

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