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If you have a newly minted fourth grader at home, then you’re in luck. A nationwide program is giving your young student, and every member of your family, a free pass to enter all national parks for the next year. All you have to do is show up ready for adventure.

Each year, the Every Kid in a Park program invites fourth graders across the country to explore the hundreds of national parks, forests, and monuments managed by the federal government for free. Beginning on September 1st, every fourth grade student in the US can gain entry for themselves, as well as all the other kids in the family and up to three adults.

In order to take advantage of the opportunity, all you have to do is visit the Every Kid in a Park website and sign up. Log in together with your fourth grader, who will be prompted to answer a few questions about their interests in the great outdoors, and then print an official pass to carry along for your visits. The site also offers tools to help plan your family’s trip, with links to the different parks and campgrounds, and lists of supplies you might need to hike or camp.

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