Every Kid in a Park: Free National Parks Entry for All Fourth Graders

Download your child's free pass today!

By Kyrie Collins, Highlands Ranch-Parker-Castle Rock-Lone Tree Publisher September 8, 2019

Hey fourth graders! See America's natural wonders and historic sites this year ... for FREE!

The youth initiative Every Kid in a Park allows fourth graders and their families to discover our wildlife, resources, and history for free.

All fourth graders, including homeschool equivalents, can complete an adventure diary online to get their free entrance passes. The pass is valid through August 31, 2020! (Note: Passes must be printed and presented; digital copies are not accepted.)

The National Park Foundation, the official charity of America's national parks, announced it is raising funds in support of this initiative. Individuals, foundations, and corporations can visit to contribute to the effort.

Channel Islands National Park. Photo by Scott Shuler.

As part of the Foundation's Open Outdoors for Kids program, the Every Kid in a Park transportation grants seek to remove barriers to accessing our nation's public lands and waters, with a special focus on under served and urban communities. 

With cutbacks in school funding for field trips, this initiative helps provide comprehensive access to all federal sites, including national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, and public lands and waters.

Devils Tower National Monument. Photo by Kristy Middleton.

"In order to foster deep connections to America's national parks and all public lands and waters, we must introduce our young people to these incredible places early in life," said Will Shafroth, president and CEO of the National Park Foundation. "Together, we can remove obstacles preventing the next generation from interacting with America’s public lands."

For more information, visit, and follow the program on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

Don't forget to visit your parks responsibly. Love Holidays "AN ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO ENJOYING
 US National Parks
" has some wonderful tips.

“There can be nothing in the world more beautiful than the Yosemite, the groves of the giant sequoias and redwoods, the Canyon of the Colorado, the Canyon of the Yellowstone, the Three Tetons; and our people should see to it that they are preserved for their children and their children’s children forever, with their majestic beauty all unmarred.” –Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States

 Yosemite National Park. Photo by Shawn Crane.