Are you familiar with the exciting 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. Registration for the 2018 – 2019 school year opens in September 2018.
Marvel at the St. Louis Arch, the Florida Keys, and the Frederick Douglass house. Listen to wolves howl. Walk in dinosaur tracks. Look up into the inky night sky, and reach for the stars! These sites belong to all of us — including you. Every Kid in a Park was created so fourth graders and their families could discover our wildlife, resources, and history for free.
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 good for the 2018 – 2019 school year. It expires August 31, 2019.
- Students can’t transfer the pass to anyone else.
- Print your paper pass out before you visit a National Park. They do not accept electronic versions of the pass.
- If you lose your pass, you can 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.
- The pass doesn’t cover things like parking fees, camping, boats, and special tours.
- Some sites are managed by private operators. They may not honor the pass. Check with the site ahead of time to find out.
- The pass doesn’t cover fees for local, city, or state parks and recreation areas unless they say that they accept this pass.
- Paper passes can be exchanged for plastic passes at certain sites.
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!)
2018 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.
2018 Free Entrance Days in the National Parks include:
- January 15: Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
- April 21: First day of National Park Week
- September 22: National Public Lands Day
- November 11: Veterans Day
To sign up for a free Every Kid in Park pass, visit www.everykidinapark.gov.
Happy Field Tripping!