Fourth Graders get into national parks for free!

Did you know that the National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016?  Join the celebration and check out National Park resources and Centennial events and programs here.


In honor of this milestone and to encourage kids and families to explore and learn more about the natural beauty of our parks, the National Park Service has created a program called “Every Kid in a Park.” This program allows all fourth graders to request and print a paper voucher or pass that allows the student and their family into any of the 407 National Parks for free. Passes must be shown on arrival at the park entrance, and the fourth grader must be present.  Passes for this season  expire on August 31st, 2016. Current third graders can get a pass starting on September 1st, 2016, granting them a whole year of fun in local national parks.  For more information on the “Every Kid in a Park” program, please visit the National Parks Service website.


Exploring National Parks is a great opportunity for families to get outside and have a fun, educational outing during Summer Reading season. National Parks offer a wealth of nature and science learning opportunities that are fun for the whole family.  There are seven participating locations in New York, including the Erie Canal and Fire Island. Find a full list of participating locations here.

On Your Mark, Get Set…READ to start exploring and planning your park visit and activities here  and have a great summer!

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