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Free Access to Federal Lands and Waters for 4th Graders and Their Guests

Take your kids to the park to learn about conservation

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A priority has been established to connect with today’s kids—not just to engage youngsters in their national heritage, but to meet their needs in a way that few other programs can.

The Every Kid Outdoors website also offers information and tips for trip planning and how parents can get involved.

Federal lands and waters offer opportunities for kids to exercise and enjoy fresh air while having fun. Experiencing these places can stimulate student interest in future conservation careers and provide opportunities to acquire critical skills in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math through hands-on activities.

For kids who live in urban spaces including local cities, a visit to these special settings offers even more than a rare chance to see a clear night sky—it may present a chance to reach for the stars! To advance this goal, the federal lands and waters agencies will commit to bring fourth grade students across the country to a federal land or water. The program will continue every year with the next cohort of US fourth graders. This ensures that all children will have the opportunity to experience their federal lands or waters by the time they are 11 years old.

A great way to make the next generation of Americans aware of and responsible for their cultural and natural heritage. Each fourth grader will receive an Every Kid Outdoors pass that allows free access to all federal lands and waters across the country for a full year.

Beginning September 1, 2019, fourth graders can visit the “Get Your Pass” section of the Every Kid Outdoors website at, complete an online activity, and download a personalized paper voucher for print and unlimited use at federal lands and waters locations for one year. The paper voucher also can be exchanged for a more durable, Interagency Annual 4th Grade Pass at certain federal lands or waters sites.

The Every Kid Outdoors website also offers information and tips for trip planning and how parents can get involved. Educators will be able to visit a specific area of the website and download and print lesson plan ideas and activities, along with paper vouchers for each of their students. Educators also will find information about the locations of their nearest federal land or water as well as field trip transportation grant opportunities.

The program is an 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.