As students are gearing up for the new school year ahead, all across the nation, fourth-graders and their families have excellent news to look forward to – they will be granted free admission to national parks and other federal lands for a year.
The move is part of the “Every Kid in a Park” initiative. It was created so as to encourage students to discover the nation’s wildlife, resources and history for free. All the students will need is a fourth-grade pass which is valid for the duration of the school year through the following summer, beginning in September and ending in August.
The program, however, only provides passes for fourth graders. When asked why fourth graders, the website everykidinapark.gov explains, “We chose fourth graders because research shows that kids ages nine to 11 are beginning to learn about the world around them. They’re open to new ideas, and they are likely to connect to nature and our history. We offer the pass to fourth graders every year. Over time, every kid can get a free pass to explore our country.”
Parents are required to print the pass and take it with them while visiting the parks. Electronics copies of the pass will not be accepted. There is a unique code on the pass, which means that it cannot be copied or given to friends.
People are encouraged to get their own passes.
Visit this link to get your pass.