Do you have a fourth grader? Do you want to save $80? If you answered yes to both of these questions, read on.
Everyone likes free.
The National Park Service is running a promotion to get more youngster and their families interested in the outdoors. If you have a fourth grader, you can get yourself a free annual pass to all National Parks. This includes Yosemite, Yellowstone, and the Grand Canyon! A standard seven-day pass costs $30 and the annual pass will run you $80.
This annual pass will admit all children under 16 years old and three accompanying adults. Once you sign up, just keep the voucher with you and leave it on your dashboard while in the park, that easy.
The pass is good starting now through August 31st, 2017. Do keep in mind that this free annual pass is only good for one vehicle, so you can’t take a free caravan in there with you. Here is a list of the National Parks, there is a lot of them.
Check out the fine print:
- The pass is for U.S. fourth-grade (or home-school equivalent) students.
- The pass is for the 2016 to 2017 school year. It expires August 31, 2017.
- Students can’t transfer the pass to anyone else.
- We can’t accept electronic versions of this paper for access or to exchange for a pass.
- No refunds are given for previously purchased passes, or if you forget your pass when you visit.
- If you lose your pass, get a new one by visiting the website and signing up again.
- Educators can get one paper pass for each of their fourth-grade students.
- This program only provides passes for fourth graders.
How it works
- Show your pass 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 pass admits all children under 16 and up to three adults for free.
- If your group visits a site that charges vehicle entrance fees – The pass admits all children under 16 and all adults in up to one passenger vehicle. Commercial vehicles can’t use a pass to get in.
- If you arrive at a site on bicycle— The pass admits all children under 16 and up to three adults on bicycles.
- The pass 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 pass. Check with the site ahead of time to find out.
- The pass doesn’t cover fees for local, city, or state parks and recreation areas unless they say that they accept this pass.
- Paper passes can be exchanged for plastic passes at certain sites.