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Are you familiar with the awesome government initiative called Every Kid in a Park, which gives every 4th grader grader and their families a FREE one-year National Parks Annual Pass! That’s a total savings of $80.
About Every Kid in a Park
An Every Kid in a Park pass grants admission to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites in the United States including national parks, forests, monuments and other federal lands for a full year. World-famous national parks like Yosemite, Yellowstone, and Grand Canyon normally charge $25 to $30 per vehicle for a seven-day pass. So this is a great deal!
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 one passenger vehicle for free.
Every Kid in a Park Official Rules
- The pass is for U.S. fourth-grade (or home-school equivalent) students.
- The pass is for the 2016 to 2017 school year. It expires August 31, 2017.
- Students can’t transfer the pass to anyone else.
- They do not accept electronic versions of the paper pass for access.
- 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.
Where to use Every Kid in a Park Pass in Southern California
- Cabrillo National Monument, San Diego
- César E. Chávez National Monument, Keene
- Channel Islands National Park, Ventura
- Joshua Tree National Park, Joshua Tree
- Mojave Natural Preserve, Mojave Desert
- Old Spanish National Historical Trail, Los Angeles
- Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, Thousand Oaks
- Yosemite National Park, Yosemite (technically not in Southern California, but close enough!)
2007 Free Entrance Days in the National Parks
If you don’t have a fourth grader in the house, no worries. Every year, the National Park Service lists a handful of fee-free days, when admission is FREE for all visitors.
2007 Free Entrance Days in the National Parks include:
- January 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- February 20: Presidents’ Day
- April 15-16 and 22-23: Weekends of National Park Week
- August 25: National Park Service Birthday
- September 30: National Public Lands Day
- November 11-12: Veterans Day Weekend
To sign up for a free Every Kid in Park pass, visit www.everykidinapark.gov.
Happy Field Tripping!