Free Access for 5th Graders

For the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year, U.S. fifth graders can bring their families to national parks, national forests and grasslands, wildlife refuges and other Department of the Interior, U.S. Forest Service, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-managed public lands and waters for free!
 
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Learn more about this new voucher from Margaret Everson, Counselor to the Secretary, exercising the delegated authority of the National Park Service Director (and loving mom of a 5th grader).

 

How It Works

Many 4th graders missed out on using their Every Kid Outdoors Annual 4th Grade Pass during the 2019-2020 school year. A new voucher is now available for 5th grade students for the rest of the school year!

With this voucher, 5th graders and their families will have free access to national parks and other federal lands managed by the Department of the Interior from October 28, 2020 through August 31, 2021.

Get Your Voucher

  1. Download the 5th grade voucher (535KB PDF).

  2. Print the voucher and keep it in a safe place until you are ready to use it.

  3. Plan your visit to a national park, wildlife refuge, or other federal land (see more below).

  4. Show your voucher to a ranger when you enter. If there is no ranger, leave it on the dashboard of your car.

Plan Your Visit

Currently, the 5th grade voucher is valid on Department of the Interior, U.S. Forest Service, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineer lands, which include:

For parents

See our rules and instructions before you visit.

The voucher is for U.S. fifth-grade (or home-school equivalent) students.
The 5th grade voucher is only valid on Department of the Interior lands, which include sites managed by the National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Bureau of Reclamation.
The voucher is for the 2020 to 2021 school year. It expires August 31, 2021.
Students can't transfer the voucher to anyone else. The student must be present to use.
You must print this voucher. We can't accept electronic versions of this paper for access.
No refunds are given for previously purchased passes, or if you forget your voucher when you visit.
If you lose your voucher, get a new one by visiting the website and printing a new one.
Show your voucher to a ranger when you enter. If there is no ranger, leave it on the dashboard of your car.
If you visit a site that charges entrance fees per person, the voucher admits all children under 16 and up to three adults for free.
If your group visits a site that charges vehicle entrance fees, the voucher admits all children under 16 and all adults in up to one passenger vehicle. Commercial vehicles can't use a voucher to get in.
If you arrive at a site on bicycle, the voucher admits all children under 16 and up to three adults on bicycles.
The voucher doesn't cover things like parking fees, camping, boats, and special tours. Also, some sites are managed by private operators. They may not honor the voucher. Check with the site ahead of time to find out.
The voucher doesn't cover fees for local, city, or state parks and recreation areas unless they say that they accept this voucher.

Questions


Email us with questions about the 5th grade voucher.
 

Last updated: November 16, 2020