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.