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Free National Parks Annual Pass for Families with 4th Graders | Valid Through August 2020

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4th Grade National Parks Pass

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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! And 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?

To score this pass, head here, click on the Let’s Go button, click on the Get Your Pass button, answer a few questions and you’ll be directed to a page to print your paper voucher. Keep in mind that the paper voucher can be exchanged for a more durable plastic version at certain sites.

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.

Check out what readers think of these passes:

We used it last summer and went to Mt Ranier, Mt St Helen, a couple lighthouses on the Oregon coast, Lava Beds National Monument, Crater Lake, Smith Rock, and The Painted Hills in Oregon. It was great!


We used it a lot last year. Went to Zion national park multiple times, The North Rim and Bryce Canyon. Best vacay!


We used this last year with our 4th grader. We went to the Badlands, Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, and Devils Tower Monument. The national parks are not free and require entrance fees, so the pass for the 4 th grader is an excellent opportunity.


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Comments 27

  1. Romie

    But why this is only for 4th graders ?? 🙁
    1st grader not eligible???

    • Lauren

      It’s just a program they do because fourth graders are at a wonderful age to utilize the national parks and become lifelong lovers of the outdoors and the parks.

    • Julie

      My sister pointed out that admission wasn’t really that expensive, when I said that we’d be able to get a pass in x-years. Just think, you only have 3 years, or a little over 2 school years, to apply! Time flies!

      4th graders typically learn a lot about history, either local or national, so it goes with the curriculum.

  2. Ang

    Thanks for posting this. I’m glad to see it can be used through summer.

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      You’re SO welcome!

  3. Sara S

    Anyone know if they will offer again? We will have a 4th grader next school year…

    • Carrie

      They have offered this for years – I know we did it with our oldest who are 7th graders this year. While one can never be sure, I will say this seems to be something they have historically done and are likely to continue to do.

    • Lisa

      Maybe sign up the day after the last day of school.

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      They’ve been doing this since my 25-year-old was in fourth grade, so I’m pretty sure it will continue each year.

  4. doig18

    We used this pass this past summer and had SO MUCH FUN!! We only drove 15 hours to the Grand Canyon, but it took us 6 days to get there because we hit everything between us and it. It saved us so much money too. I can’t wait for my daughter to hit 4th grade in a couple of years..:)

    • lmcilmail

      We’re flying to Vegas with our kids 15 and 13 in July and driving to the Grand Canyon and then to Phoenix to fly home. Any recommendations? So far we’re staying right outside of Vegas the first night, in Kingman, AZ the next and then one night in the Canyon. We still have 3 nights to head to Phoenix before flying back.

      • gray757

        Lake Powell in page, az was our favorite stop. We rented a boat for the day. Beautiful area!

      • Lej

        Montezuma Castle.

      • Carolyn

        Sedona is stunning with it’s red rocks and hiking. The mountains in Flagstaff are beautiful, plus cooler temperatures at that time of year. Prescott is also nice. Kayak on Watson Lake, surrounded by granite dells. We love the diverse beauty of Arizona!

        • animity

          Do this! Sadona is amazing! Arizona is one of the best states to explore.

  5. Sharon Walls-Hall

    A super idea

  6. Crys1981

    Does it have to be done on a computer? When I do it on my phone and try to click to print it doesn’t work

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Hmm, maybe try switching to desktop view to see if that might help. If still having issues, maybe switch to a different device if possible. Hoping that helps!

  7. Chrissy1925

    Awesome program but I just bought our pass two weeks ago! And I have a fourth grader… 🤷‍♀️

  8. Cic

    Can we use this pass for mystery spot? I have one will turn 4th grader next year

  9. Lyle

    If you have permanent Social Security Disability or VA disability you can get a lifetime pass to any national park. Just go to the office and show your paperwork. I have one myself.

    • Lo

      Yes!
      Love my pass. I also told every over 65 person I knew to get their Gold pass before they changed it.

  10. Amanda

    Any ideas for East Coast adventures?

    • Betz

      We just went to Shenandoah National Park it is beautiful!

      • Jodi

        We just moved near Shenandoah National Park. You can easily combine it with a D.C. trip which has a ton of free to-do’s for families. Harpers Ferry is near-by, or you could make the short trek to Baltimore and visit Ft. McHenry where you can also use the pass.

  11. Tracy Maxon

    Is there a list of sites for this particular pass, that I can receive, please?

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi there! Be sure to head through the link above and follow the prompts, in order to grab your pass. Hope this helps!

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