All current fourth grade students can get free access to national parks and more than 2,000 other federal public lands for a year if they sign up for the Every Kid Outdoors program.

All fourth graders, including home school students, are eligible for the Every Kid Outdoors pass, which grants free entry for fourth graders, all children under age 16 in the group, and up to three accompanying adults to most federally managed lands between Sept. 1 and Aug. 31, 2020. The pass does not cover expanded amenity fees such as camping or boat rides.

To obtain a free pass, fourth grade students must visit the Every Kid Outdoors website, participate in a short educational activity and download a voucher. Printed vouchers may be exchanged for a plastic pass at the Alaska Public Lands Information Center and other participating sites. Fourth graders must be present to exchange the voucher for a plastic pass and for free entry into parks.

By targeting fourth graders year after year, the program aims to ensure that all children in the U.S. have the opportunity to visit and enjoy their federal lands and waters by the time they are 11 years old. The Every Kid Outdoors program is an effort of the National Park Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Reclamation, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Department of Education.

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