National Parks are Free for 4th Graders
“Did you know that you own millions of acres of national parks, historic structures, cultural artifacts, ancient forests, snow-capped mountains, and clear blue lakes?”
That’s how the National Park Service introduces its Every Kid in a Park initiative, which is pretty a cool idea. For the full 2015-2016 school year—which began September 1—every 4th grader in the US can get into any National Park, monument, refuge, site, or other protected area for free. That means free entry to 59 National Parks—including Yosemite, Yellowstone, Glacier, Acadia, Great Smoky Mountains, etc.—and a total of 408 designated areas across the country (full list here). Every fourth grade, all school year! Here’s how it works (note: with winter coming, it’s important to check park schedules, but Yosemite, for example, is open 365 days a year).
Also: Yosemite, shown above, has just turned 125. In celebration, the park is putting on a number of special events, which you can explore here.
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