Hey, fourth graders! Ready to embark on the most exciting journey of your life? From tracing the steps of famous explorers to gazing at a universe of twinkling stars, America’s vast and varied landscapes hold treasures waiting just for you.

Every Kid Outdoors is a program that grants you and your family free access to over 2,000 breathtaking federal lands and waters. Imagine wandering through the Canyons of the Ancients or reliving history at the Frederick Douglass home. Ever dreamed of discovering dinosaur tracks? Or how about paddling down a serene river? It’s all within your reach!

Curious about how to get started? It’s simple!

  1. Visit the bilingual Every Kid Outdoors website.
  2. Engage in a fun, short educational activity.
  3. Download and print your very own adventure pass.

With your pass, not only do you get in for free, but so do three adults (age 16 and older) and all other kids under age 16. So, round up your family because it’s exploration time!

But here’s the coolest part: the program is not just about having fun (though there’s plenty of that!). It’s about fostering a lifelong love for America’s incredible outdoors. By connecting kids to the splendor of nature and the richness of our history, Every Kid Outdoors seeks to inspire the next generation of stewards for our national parks and public lands.

This amazing initiative is a combined effort of various agencies, including the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and even the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, to name a few. And they’re all rooting for you to dive deep into your heritage, understand nature better, and have a whale of a time while doing so!

Now, let’s get down to specifics:

  • When can you get started? Right away! Starting in September, every fourth grader gets access to the Every Kid Outdoors pass, which remains valid for the entire school year until August 31.
  • Where can you use this pass? National parks, forests, wildlife refuges, and many other federally managed lands and waters. If unsure, simply contact the desired land or water site, and they’ll guide you.

With this opportunity, you’re not just visiting places; you’re connecting to the very essence of America – its natural wonders, historical tales, and vibrant cultures. It’s your chance to learn, explore, and grow.

So, fourth graders, gear up, get out, and discover the treasures that await you. The great American outdoors is calling! For more information, visit everykidoutdoors.gov.