Reminder: I thought I’d re-share this post I originally published back in February because it’s back to school time. Don’t miss out if this applies to you!
I am really excited to share this freebie announcement with you today! Starting this fall, every 4th-grader in America will get a one-year pass for free admission to all of our public lands for them and their families!
This is personally of interest to me because my son will be starting the 4th grade this fall. How convenient!
I love this initiative for so many reasons… it’s a way to bring families together. It’s a way to explore some of the most beautiful places that make our country great. It’s a way to encourage families to get outside and be active together. And, the free pass will be good for an entire year, too. So much win here, people.
The initiative also includes measures to make it easier for schools to plan trips to visit national parks, with a focus on schools most in need. The initiative also includes funds for more educational materials in schools. (So it’s more than just the free annual Parks pass.)
At this time, it’s not too clear to me how the passes will be issued, but I imagine that information will be passed along to schools this fall to share with their fourth grade students and families. (If you’re seeing something that I’m not, please let me know!)
Edited to add (8/27): It looks like the passes will be made available starting September 1, 2015. More information should be available at that time. You may wish to keep tabs on this website.
Here are some related posts you might find of interest:
Free National Parks Junior Ranger Program for Kids: this would be a fabulous tie-in to the free entrance days! These programs are educational, fun, and did I mention FREE? They are available at all US National Parks and your children can earn badges.
Free National Parks Entrance Days: you don’t have to wait until this fall to visit our country’s National Parks! There are several designated days throughout the year you can gain free entrance. Read this post for the full list of 2015 dates.