Starting with the 2015-2016 school year, if you have a fourth grader at home, your family will qualify for a free, one-year pass to the national parks and other federal lands. The offer is part of a new initiative, Every Kid in a Park, aimed at getting children back outside and introducing them to the natural beauty and history of our country.
According to statistics the White House cited when announcing Every Kid in a Park, more than 80 percent of American families now live in urban areas where they often lack access to safe outdoor spaces. Additionally, a 2010 Kaiser Family Foundation study found that young people are spending about 53 hours per week on electronic media use–that’s longer than many adults work a week!
An unlimited national park pass typically costs $80, so this is quite a savings for families! It’s not clear whether this is going to be an ongoing program, or a one-time offer since it coincides with the 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service in 2016.
To find a listing of national parks, go here.