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Free Park Passes for Fourth Graders

Hey fourth graders! See natural wonders and historic sites in California and beyond for free.

Two very cool initiatives—one federal and one state—to get all fourth graders and their families to experience the places that are home to our country’s natural treasures, rich history, and vibrant culture FREE OF CHARGE!


Every Kid Outdoors

The Every Kid Outdoors pass is good for the 2021-2022 school year, until August 22, 2022. Information on obtaining the pass and rules of use are available by clicking This pass provides free access to national parks, national forests, national wildlife refuges, and more! Some places you can visit: National Parks, lakes, and monuments. You can make a half-day trip or a whole school vacation around out of these destinations.

A few things to know

  • The pass will be encoded to your fourth grader specifically so you can’t copy it and share it with friends.
  • All fourth graders, whether learning in-person or at homeschool, are eligible so all your kiddo’s friends can get one for FREE, too.
  • You need to print your pass and bring it with you when you visit. Electronic copies aren’t accepted.

Pass perks include site seeing, hiking and camping. It can provide FREE field trips as well as FREE access to parks for their entire family!

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!

The initiative is a joint effort among the National Park Service, Forest Service, Department of Education, Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Reclamation, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. And we’re super psyched for it.

Sign up your fourth grader today >> Use this cool program so that next year when we have fourth graders again, we can try it, too!

Read about 5 National Parks to visit in the Bay Area >

California’s Adventure Pass

Sue-Meg State Park Hike
Hiking along a coastal trail at Sue-Meg State Park | Photo: Maureen Burke

New in 2021, the California State Parks Adventure Pass provides fourth graders and their families with free access to 19 state park sites. Details about obtaining a pass and using it can be found at The program was developed to support kids’ physical and mental health by creating more access to outdoor spaces. The state initiative is very similar to the above federal one.

An Adventure Pass can be used at destinations near the Bay Area, including the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento, Samuel P. Taylor State Park in Marin, and Hendy Woods State Park in Sonoma County. See the full list here. There are lots of great destinations for a day trip or longer vacation—who’s up for a Spring Break hiking trip?

Get your fourth grader an Adventure Pass today by going to or calling 800.444.7275. To use the pass, print one out, save a screenshot on your phone or have it mailed to your home. Then, simply show the Adventure Pass to a staff member upon arrival at the state park destination.

There are so many beautiful places to enjoy the outdoors and learn about nature, the land, and its people. Get a pass today and get outside!

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