How 4th Graders & Their Families Get Free Access to National Parks All Year Long


Calling all 4th Graders!

Parents and educators, did you know your 4th graders can get you free access to hundreds of national parks, lands, and waters for an entire year?

The Every Kid Outdoors program is a federal public lands partnership created to inspire U.S. 4th graders and their families to recreate, explore cultures, discover connections to nature, and spark a lifelong passion for America’s great outdoors.


How to Get Your Pass

  1. Visit
  2. Complete an online game
  3. Download and print your pass
  4. Plan your trip
  5. Exchange your paper pass for a more durable, Interagency Annual 4th Grade Pass at certain federal sites.

Educators can get one paper pass for each of their fourth grade students.




How to Use Your Pass

Per Person Entrance Fees: If your group visits a site that charges entrance fees per person, the pass admits all children under 16 and up to three adults for free.

Per Vehicle Entrance Fees: If your group visits a site that charges vehicle entrance fees, the pass admits all children under 16 and all adults in up to one passenger vehicle.

Remember, 4th graders must have their pass and be present for family and friends to be admitted for free. The pass is valid for the 2020-2021 school year. It expires August 31, 2021. See full details on the bottom of your pass.



Places to Use Your Pass Near Southern California

**9/22/20 – Visit each park’s website for updated information regarding closures due to fire conditions, poor air quality, COVID-19, etc.


Cabrillo National Monument, San Diego

Channel Islands National Park, Ventura

Joshua Tree National Park, Joshua Tree

Mojave Natural Preserve, Mojave Desert

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, Thousand Oaks

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park, Three Rivers

Yosemite National Park, Yosemite


The Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Reclamation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Forest Service, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will honor the 4th Grade Pass at sites where entrance or standard day-use fees are charged.


View the Every Kid Outdoors Program Brochure





This post was written by Kidsguide

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