Free entry to national parks for fourth graders kicks off in September


The Department of Interior wants children to have the opportunity to visit national parks, so it gives away free passes to fourth grade students each summer.

Starting Sept. 1 each year, kids in the fourth grade have access to their own "Every Kid in a Park" pass. Every Kid in a Park was an initiative by President Barack Obama in 2015.

On its website, Every Kid in a Park states the project was “created so fourth graders and their families could discover our wildlife, resources, and history for free.”

Oregon has five national parks, including Crater Lake National Park and Deschutes National Park.

Washington has 15 national parks, including Mount Rainier National Park and Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.

To look up national parks, visit the National Park Service’s website.

Any kids or their families or teachers interested in getting an Every Kid in a Park pass can visit

Students who take advantage of the program will need to print out their pass and bring it with them when they visit. Electronic copies won’t be accepted.

Also, the pass is for free entry to a national park: it does not cover things like parking fees, tours, camping, boat rentals or other costs

With the pass, all children under 16 and up to three adults can be admitted into a park for free.

Copyright 2017 KPTV-KPDX Broadcasting Corporation. All rights reserved.