The National Park Foundation has announced they are continuing their Every Kid in a Park Program for the 2016-2017 season. This program states that if you have a child in 4th grade you and your family will be admitted to all United States National Parks for free. This program includes national parks, national forests, and national wildlife refuges. The pass is good for your 4th grader and all your children under 16. It also is good for up to 3 adults. And my favorite part is that it is available to homeschool families too!
This program started September 1, 2015, and ran until August 31, 2016. The National Park Service has announced that it will continue the program for the 2016-17 year. If you have a 3rd grader (going into 4th grade) you need to wait to apply until September 1, 2016. It is easy and free to sign up. Once you sign up, print your paper copy which you will need at your first destination. You will be given a card that will be good for every park you visit for the entire year.
Our family has already taken advantage of this program. We visited the Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, Florida. St. Augustine is the oldest continuously inhabited city in our country. It was founded by Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles in 1565, and the fort was built by the Spanish from 1672-1695.
Using The Every Kid in a Park program to visit the fort saved my family $20. This program was designed to be used by parents, educators, and other youth leaders. Educators can print passes for entire classrooms of 4th graders. Wow!!!! This is a fantastic opportunity for teachers, educators, Sunday School teachers, homeschool adults and others involved in youth organizations to plan field trips and give a “free” gift to each family. Imagine how surprised moms and dads will be when you gift them a year in our National Parks.
Our family intends to spend the next year visiting places such as Adams National Historical Park – the homes of John Adams and John Quincy Adams. It is located in Quincy, Massachusetts just 10 miles from Boston. How about visiting the wild ponies on Assateague Island National Seashore located in Maryland and Virginia? Canaveral National Seashore is also a fantastic place to visit! Or how about Yellowstone National Park, The Wright Brothers National Memorial in North Carolina, The Grand Canyon, or Saguaro National Park? There are National Parks all across America. To view our nations parks, visit The National Park Service. Sign Up Today and start planning your next visit!
It really is a simply process. Go to Every Kid in a Park, click on the Get Your Pass Now link, and answer a few simple questions! The only thing left for you to do is enjoy your time in our National Parks!