Free United States National Park Pass for 2015-2016: All 4th Graders and Families!

One of the greatest national assets of the United States are the 59 national parks that the National Park Service manages.  This year, President Barack Obama has announced that the United States government will be offering free admission for 4th grade students and their entire families to national parks, national forests, national wildlife refuges, and more!

Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona


Called the “Every Kid in a Park” initiative, the offer will be available starting September 1, 2015 and will be good for the 2015-2016 school year until August 31, 2016.  More information about how to access the program and the free National Park pass will be available starting tomorrow on the National Parks website.

Every Kid in a Park


National Parks staff describe the initiative as follows:

Did you know that you own millions of acres of national parks, historic structures, cultural artifacts, ancient forests, snow-capped mountains, and clear blue lakes? Our public lands and waters belong to all Americans and are waiting for you to explore them!

To help engage and create our next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates, we are kicking off the Every Kid in a Park initiative. The immediate goal is to provide an opportunity for each and every 4th grade student across the country to experience their public lands and waters in person throughout the 2015-2016 school year.

Beginning September 1st you will have access to your own Every Kid in a Park pass. This pass will give you 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.

This is a fantastic opportunity for American children and their families to explore the beauty of the land that surrounds us!

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  1. […] The Grand Canyon is managed by the National Park Service, and as such, you are responsible for park fees.  Admission to the Grand Canyon costs $30 per vehicle, and is valid for 7 days at both the North and South Rims.  Owners of the America the Beautiful Annual Pass receive admission as part of the pass.  If you are able to time your visit, you can enter on a Free Entrance Day, which lands on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents Day weekend, opening weekend of National Park Week, National Park Service Birthday, National Public Lands Day, and Veterans Day.  Alternatively, if you have a 4th Grader, you can get free park admission all year! […]


    • You’re right, Nick – this socialist government handing out freebies, while the rest of us work hard to pay for these freeloading parents. How dare they. #MCKINLEY #KANYE2020

      • This program is actually paid for by Disney and private donors, not the fed govt. But yeah, let’s just insult some other parents we’ve never met. Disney had almost $50billion in revenue last year. Of course, waiting for the haters to flip-flop on their argument and say the govt is selling out to Disney advertising dollars (y’know being an evil capitalist govt instead of an evil socialist govt).

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