Free National Park Pass for 4th Graders

If you’re the parent of a 4th-grade student, it’s never been easier to plan a trip to one of our many National Parks. The government has set up a special program, Every Kid in a Park, that allows all 4th graders and their families to experience our national treasures for no cost at all. 

Who Gets in for Free?

Each 4th grader can print a pass that allows free entry for themselves, all children under 16, and three adults. You will not have to pay park entrance fees per person or per vehicle. The pass does not cover sites that charge parking fees, camping fees, etc. 

When is the Pass Valid? 

The Every Kid in a Park pass is valid for the 4th grade school year, beginning September 1st and ending August 31st. 

How Do I Get the Pass?

Simply visit Click on Get Your Pass and have your 4th grader complete the online adventure diary and then print a pass. You will need to take the physical paper copy of the pass and present it to the park ranger. Some parks will exchange it for a plastic pass that is waterproof and serves as a great memory. Click here to find a list of sites that offer the plastic pass. 

Why 4th Graders?

Research shows that this is the ideal age when kids are curious and open to learning about the world around them. They will most appreciate the historic structures, protected animals, and millions of acres of nature. 

We hope you will take advantage of this amazing initiative and embark on a trip your children will not forget! Search for National Parks on the Interests tab of our website for more information on individual parks and planning your trip. 

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