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Old 02-28-2015, 08:07 AM   #1
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Get Into US National Parks for Free for a Year!

You can get into US National Parks for free for an entire year and all you need is a 4th grader! Children under 15 get into National Parks for free any time. But now, thanks to the President’s Every Kid in a Park initiative, 4th graders can bring their family along for free during the 2015 to 2016 school year.
Families who are interested will get a free annual pass. Details on how to get passes have not been released yet. Watch for a press release, or you can check on Google.
This is a great excuse to plan a family or school trip to incredible places like Yosemite, Yellowstone, and Mount Rushmore.

Or, you can rent your kid out to the Grandparents!

Don’t Have a 4th Grader?
You can still get into US National Parks for free in 2015 on these dates:
April 18 to 19 (National Park Week opening weekend)
August 25 (National Park Service 100th anniversary!)
September 26 (National Public Lands day)
November 11 (Veterans Day)
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Old 02-28-2015, 09:15 AM   #2
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Wow...timing is everything...my 8 year old will be attending 4th grade this September. Guess that helps plan out our cross country trip next summer!
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There is nothing on the NPS website concerning kids get in free all year, only for the free weekends they've had for years. The 2015/2016 school year does not begin until Aug. does it? Until the NPS says it is so, I'll refrain from getting my plans ready.
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Actually Ray, there is...

From Nationalparks.org:

To help engage and create our next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates, we are kicking off the Every Kid in a Park initiative. The immediate goal is to provide an opportunity for each and every 4th grade student across the country to experience their public lands and waters in person throughout the 2015-2016 school year.

Soon, you will have access to your own Every Kid in a Park pass. This pass will give you free access to national parks, national forests, national wildlife refuges, and more!

The Every Kid in a Park pass will be available for the 2015-2016 school year.

Every Kid in a Park joins the Foundation's Open Outdoors for Kids program in helping children learn history, culture, and science while exploring the great outdoors. The initiative is an administration-wide 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.
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Looks like it's time to plan a trip with the grand kids this summer. It sucks to be us being forced to take the grand children on a road trip. ::::
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Who needs the grandkids; If you are over 62, you can get a 'Senior pass' ($10) which gets you into all NP for $0, also 50% off on camping at NP and most federal sites (USFS, BLM, ACOE, etc). U.S. National Park ServiceAmerica the Beautiful – The National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Pass Series Best 10 bucks I ever spent.
Newly retired: Senior pass is the (second) best thing, after not having to go to work!
Enjoy our national parks!
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Who needs the grandkids; If you are over 62, you can get a 'Senior pass' ($10) which gets you into all NP for $0, also 50% off on camping at NP and most federal sites (USFS, BLM, ACOE, etc). U.S. National Park ServiceAmerica the Beautiful – The National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Pass Series Best 10 bucks I ever spent.
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You Betcha!
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"Every Kid in a Park," but only 4th graders? I guess it's just "Some Kids in a Park."
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Actually Ray, there is...

From Nationalparks.org:

To help engage and create our next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates, we are kicking off the Every Kid in a Park initiative. The immediate goal is to provide an opportunity for each and every 4th grade student across the country to experience their public lands and waters in person throughout the 2015-2016 school year.

Soon, you will have access to your own Every Kid in a Park pass. This pass will give you free access to national parks, national forests, national wildlife refuges, and more!

The Every Kid in a Park pass will be available for the 2015-2016 school year.

Every Kid in a Park joins the Foundation's Open Outdoors for Kids program in helping children learn history, culture, and science while exploring the great outdoors. The initiative is an administration-wide 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.
Link please. I haven't found what you posted.
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Who needs the grandkids; If you are over 62, you can get a 'Senior pass' ($10) which gets you into all NP for $0, also 50% off on camping at NP and most federal sites (USFS, BLM, ACOE, etc). U.S. National Park ServiceAmerica the Beautiful €“ The National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Pass Series Best 10 bucks I ever spent.
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You Betcha!
Got ours. We lived this long might as well take advantage of Senior discounts.
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Thanks for the link. Now it is clear, this is not for every kid, only 4th graders, 5th and above are out of luck. I didn't overlook the donate button either, the foundation has to get funding after all. That's why I couldn't find any reference to this on the NPS website.
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Who needs the grandkids; If you are over 62, you can get a 'Senior pass' ($10) which gets you into all NP for $0, also 50% off on camping at NP and most federal sites (USFS, BLM, ACOE, etc). U.S. National Park ServiceAmerica the Beautiful – The National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Pass Series Best 10 bucks I ever spent.
Newly retired: Senior pass is the (second) best thing, after not having to go to work!
Enjoy our national parks!
Yep, got mine on my birthday when I turned 62. I've used it a lot and the 1/2 off camping fees is a huge bonus!
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