Got a fourth-grader in the house? Then there’s no better time to let you know about a program that helps families get outside and get moving.
Every Kid in a Park gives fourth-grade families a free pass to visit federally managed public lands, waters and shores. Your family can visit all U.S. national parks without paying an entry fee, as long as there’s a fourth-grader in your family. It’s part of the “Every Kid Outdoors Act,” which was signed into law earlier this year.
Whether you want to hike the Appalachian Trail at Shenandoah National Park, spot an alligator at Everglades National Park or see just how punctual Yellowstone’s Old Faithful really is, you can do it all for free with your fourth-grader. Some states also accept the pass at state parks.
It’s a great time to take advantage of activities like hiking, climbing and canoeing. You can even pack a heart-healthy picnic using one of these great recipes.
Signing up is simple. Just visit Every Kid in a Park and click “get your pass.” Passes are valid for an entire school year. If you have a graduating fourth-grader, get the pass today and use it this summer. If you have a soon-to-be fourth grader, be sure to sign up for the pass this fall.
The American Heart Association’s You’re the Cure advocates sent thousands of messages to Congress in support of Every Kid in a Park. Without their help, this bill may not have been signed into law. If you want to be part of a grassroots movement that helps advocate for legislation that helps us live healthier, join You’re the Cure.
Are you ready to download your parks pass today and help make your family healthy for good?