Have a fourth grader? You’re in luck! Thanks to the Every Kid in a Park initiative, all 4th graders and their families will be invited to visit the US’s outdoor treasures and historic sites anytime they like during the 2015-2016 school year…FREE!

Yep, visit national parks for FREE.

Designed to cultivate, engage and create the next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates, the Every Kid in a Park initiative provides fourth grade students and their families free access to national parks, national forests, national wildlife refuges, and more.

The Every Kid in a Park pass will be available starting September 1st, 2015 and will be good for the 2015-2016 school year until August 31, 2016. More information will be available beginning in September.

Even if you don’t have a fourth grader, you can still sign the pledge to support the program and receive a free downloadable guide including 35 different kid-friendly park adventures across the United States. {Caution: if you sign the pledge, you will receive news and updates on Every Kid in a Park, Open Outdoors for Kids and other National Park Foundation updates — but who wouldn’t want that kind of fun email in your inbox?} Maryland’s own Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historic Park made the cut. 

Learn More and Sign the Pledge