How to Get a FREE National Park Pass for Your 4th Grader

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FREE National Park Pass for 4th Graders! 

If you have a 4th grader (or will have one soon), make sure you hang on to this page so you can grab a FREE pass to the National Parks! Read on for the details!

4th grade free national park pass

We love to travel and I have chronicled so many of our travels on this site. Earlier this afternoon I was tossing around some ideas for future family road trips (literally one of my most favorite past times is planning a trip). I found myself trying to list the National Parks that we have been to and after just a few minutes, my list had grown to dozens and dozens of National Parks, National Monuments, etc that we have visited with the kids over the last decade. As I was reminiscing about past trips and figuring out which ones might warrant a visit on our next adventure, it dawned on me: 4th graders get a FREE National Parks Pass.  Guess what grade Lily is in this year?!  Time for a free pass!  This free pass not only gets your 4th grader into any National Park for free for 1 calendar year, it also includes all kids under 16 in your party and up to 3 adults (see below for more specifics). This pass is a real savings and a great incentive to visit some Parks!

Last summer we traveled to Yellowstone National Park and this pass would have saved us some money as Yellowstone charges an entrance fee.

Here’s how easy it is to get a FREE National Park Pass for your 4th grader:

Head over to the 4th Grade National Park Pass page.  Follow the on-screen instructions to obtain and print a free pass.  Your 4th grader can use this pass an unlimited number of times to gain free admission for herself and the rest of the family through the following August.

Rules of the 4th Grade Park Pass:

  • The pass is for U.S. fourth-grade (or home-school equivalent) students.
  • Students can’t transfer the pass to anyone else.
  • The National Parks cannot accept electronic versions of this paper for access or to exchange for a pass.
  • No refunds are given for previously purchased passes, or if you forget your pass when you visit.
  • If you lose your pass, get a new one by visiting the website and signing up again.
  • Educators can get one paper pass for each of their fourth-grade students.
  • This program only provides passes for fourth graders.

Specifics regarding how the pass works:

  • 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 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. 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 doesn’t cover fees for local, city, or state parks and recreation areas unless they say that they accept this pass.
  • Paper passes can be exchanged for plastic passes at certain sites.

Awesome right?

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