Fourth Graders Can Visit Federal Lands FREE!

A while back my husband and I were contemplating vacation ideas. I suggested it would be fun to visit all of the National Parks through the years. He agreed. We love history, we love nature, and we love camping. Well, he loves camping. I’m trying to get to that point.

This past week I learned about a program called Every Kid in a Park. It turns out this program is perfect for our own personal family goals!

Every Kid in a Park

Every Kid in a Park is a program where any fourth grader in the United States can get a free pass for themselves and their family for a year (year ending August 31st) to any of the National parks, lands, or waters.

This is a wonderful addition to any homeschool curriculum. It gets the kids outside exploring nature, they can learn history, put their education to use by making observations and identifications of plants, animals, rocks, and fossils. Not to mention it’s great physical education with all of the hiking you can do. Don’t forget about health education and learning how to stay safe and hydrated while visiting the parks, plus it’s a great time to review basic first aid.

The educational opportunities are limitless!

There are limitations to how many people the pass covers though, as well as what extras it will take care of so make sure you check the site and contact any location you’re visiting first so you know what to expect.

Where to find National Parks, Lands, and Waters

We’re going to get right on this program starting with national lands and parks around us. I was looking at some maps and I didn’t realize how many federal parks and lands were around us.

Most of the locations around us are free to visit, so the pass won’t help out there, but that doesn’t mean we still can’t start getting in the habit of visiting these national locations.

There is a lot of federal land out there in the United States. Unfortunately, I’m not familiar with even half of it! While much of it is Indian reservations and military space, there is a lot that’s out there for the general public to enjoy.

Here’s what you can visit:

For more ideas on building your National lands visit or vacation check out for some fantastic planning ideas. Find Your Park also has some excellent ideas for vacation planning.

Other Ways to Obtain an Annual Pass

If you don’t have a fourth grader this year you can still get an annual pass to the National lands if you plan on visiting several this year.

Passes available in addition to the fourth-grade pass include

  • Annual pass
  • Military annual pass
  • Senior pass
  • Access pass
  • Volunteer pass

You can obtain any of these passes at the locations on this pdf.

We’re going to use this opportunity to explore our world as much as possible and do a whole lot of learning in the process. I can’t wait to see what we discover.

What National parks have you visited? Do you have any recommendations or tips to share?

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