Fourth-Graders and Their Families to Get Free National Park Admission

Obama's new "Every Kid in a Park" program will provide free admission for kids starting with the 2015-2016 school year.
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Obama hopes to get every kid in a park with free admission to all federal public lands for fourth-graders and their families. (NPS/Kurt Moses via Flickr)

President Obama today announced the launch of the "Every Kid in A Park" initiative, an effort to get more Americans to visit our public lands.

Starting with the 2015-2016 school year, all fourth-grade students and their families will be eligible for a special Every Kid in a Park pass, which will offer a year's free admission to all federal public lands, including national parks, national forests, and BLM lands.

In addition to the free passes, the President's 2016 budget includes $45 million for youth engagement programs through the Department of Interior, with a goal of bringing a million fourth-graders from low-income areas to national parks. The National Park Foundation will award transportation grants to schools in need. The administration also says it plans to provide information designed to help schools and families easily plan park trips.

The National Park Foundation is accepting donations to help fund field-trips to national parks for kids. To learn more about hiking and camping with families and children, check out our archive of family traveler skills.

In related news, President Obama today announced the creation of three new national monuments, including Browns Canyon in Colorado.