How 4th Graders & Their Families Get Free Access to National Lands for an Entire School Year


Calling all 4th Graders!

Parents, did you know your 4th graders can get your family free access to hundreds of national parks, lands, and waters for an entire school 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 adventure diary
  3. Download and print your pass (electronic versions are not accepted)
  4. Plan a trip
  5. Paper passes can be exchanged for plastic passes at certain sites

The pass is for the 2021 to 2022 school year. It expires August 31, 2022.




How to Use Your Pass

Show your pass to a ranger when you enter. If there is no ranger, leave it on the dashboard of your car.

If you visit a site that charges entrance fees PER PERSON: The pass admits all children under 16 and up to three adults for free.

If you visit a site that charges entrance fees PER VEHICLE: The pass admits all children under 16 and all adults in up to one passenger vehicle. Commercial vehicles can’t use a pass to get in.

If you arrive at a site on bicycle: The pass admits all children under 16 and up to three adults on bicycles.

The pass doesn’t cover things like parking fees, camping, boats, and special tours. Also, some sites are managed by private operators. They may not honor the pass. Check with the site ahead of time to find out. The pass also doesn’t cover fees for local, city, or state parks and recreation areas unless they say that they accept this pass.

See official rules and instructions.



Places to Use Your Pass Near Southern California

**9/9/21 – 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


Find more places to visit here. 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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