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Free visits to National Parks for fourth graders and their families

Get out of the house and explore America’s great outdoors for free, if you have a fourth grade student. The National Park Service launched an initiative this month providing students and their families free access to national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and marine sanctuaries.

Through the Every Kid in a Park program, fourth graders can get a pass that is valid for the 2015-2016 school year. The student and three accompanying adults can get to know the outdoor spaces at more than 2,000 federally-managed sites, according to the National Park Service.

The initiative aims to increase the activity level of Americans while getting to know the nation’s rich culture and history in safe, outdoor spaces. More than 80 percent of families live in urban areas, according to the National Park Service. Additionally, youth spend more hours than ever in front of screens.

Here’s how your fourth grader can get a parks pass for your family:

  1. Visit www.everykidinapark.gov
  2. Have your student complete a fun, educational activity
  3. Print your paper pass, which you can trade in for a more durable pass at participating federal sites
  4. Plan a trip and explore!

Teachers, scout leaders and youth directors, get passes for your fourth-grade students, too. Download an activity and print passes for each student.