Every Kid in a Park Program for Your Family

There’s a new government program that is offering access to federal lands and waters to children for free. Fourth graders and their guests can get cards or vouchers by participating in the Every Kid in a Park federal program. This amazing opportunity lets kids visit and learn about all federal lands and waters. It’s a great way to ignite passion for nature, history, and culture in your children. The great thing is, these parks are everywhere across the U.S., from Puerto Rico to Maine – and Michigan! National Parks are some of the most beautiful destinations that await your family’s adventure, and, during their fourth grade year, children (and their guests) can visit them for free.

Spark Lifelong Learning by Taking Advantage of This Great Opportunity

Take this once-a-year opportunity to learn about the nation’s heritage and connect with nature while exploring the more than 400 national parks in the U.S. and its millions of acres of federal lands and waters. Discover prehistoric dinosaur tracks, paddle a lake or river, or watch the stars in the night sky from protected forests.

How to Get a Pass for Your Child

If your child is a fourth grader, whether in a public school, a homeschooler, or a free-choice learner 10 years of age, then you can download a voucher for your child to gain access to unlimited visits to federal lands and waters for a year. Go to www.everykidinapark.gov and click, “Get Your Pass.” Your child will play an online game, and then download a personalized voucher for print. Some children in public schools are being given their passes after visiting a national park or lakeshore, so talk to your child’s teacher before downloading the voucher.

Who Is Included With My Child’s Voucher?

If your child is a fourth grader with a pass or voucher, all those in the vehicle with him or her are admitted for free for areas that charge per vehicle. If you are visiting a site that charges per person, then up to three accompanying adults can also be admitted for free. Your fourth grader must be present to use the pass.

Plan Your Visit

When you and your family make your way to these parks, there are some websites to help you know what planning tools you might need, depending on your excursion. Check out these sites for more information:

A Two-fer In Munising

If you’re visiting Munising, you’re in luck – there are two national parks to visit: Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and the Hiawatha National Forest, both sure to astound the nature-lover in us all. These national treasures aren’t the only reason to visit the area. Munising is a treasure in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and there are tons of things to keep your family busy after visiting these two gems. One way to enjoy the National Lakeshore and have a fun time doing it is to Paddle Michigan. A kayaking adventure for your whole family lets you see the lakeshore like you never could from the land. Schedule a trip to kayak the beautiful waters of Lake Michigan today!


Matt Ricketts