From sea to shining sea, our country is home to inspiring landscapes, vibrant waterways, and historic treasures that all Americans can enjoy. The Every Kid in a Park initiative enables every U.S. fourth grader and his or her family to have free access to any federal land or water for an entire year.
The David Wills House at Gettysburg National Military Park and the Eisenhower National Historic Site invite all 4th grade students to visit for free, as part of the new Every Kid in a Park program. Fourth graders can go to www.everykidinapark.gov to complete an activity and obtain a free annual entry pass to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including national parks.
We are looking forward to hosting as many of the 4th graders and their families as are able to visit our national parks. We hope these free passes for 4th graders will introduce 4th graders, their classes, and families to our national treasures, places where they can run and play, explore and learn.
This special program at Gettysburg and Eisenhower parks has been made possible by the Gettysburg Foundation and Gettysburg Tours, Inc. and lasts through August 2016. Fees will still be charged for the film, Cyclorama painting and museum exhibits at the Gettysburg Museum and Visitor Center.
Make Sure You
Stop by the information desk at the Gettysburg Museum and Visitor Center and check out the Junior Ranger booklet and ask about other activities such as “Join the Army!” programs and museum carts. At Eisenhower National Historic Site kids can become a Junior Secret Service Agent.
Don’t miss the restored Gettysburg Cyclorama, a massive oil-on-canvas painting and a unique park feature.
Try out the Civil War soldier activity on the NPS Web Rangers website.
Did You Know?
There are more than 130 videos of Park Ranger programs about Gettysburg and other Civil War stories on Gettysburg National Military Park’s YouTube channel.
- Every Kid in a Park – follow these steps for How it Works
- Every Kid in a Park Annual 4th Grade Pass details and other federal land passes
- Find Your Park
To receive their free pass for national parks, 4th graders can visit the Every Kid in a Park website and play a game to access their special Every Kid in a Park pass. Fourth graders and their families can then use this pass for free entry to national parks and other federal public lands and waters across the country from Sept. 1, 2015 through Aug. 31, 2016. The website also includes fun and engaging learning activities aligned to educational standards, trip planning tools, safety and packing tips and other important and helpful information for educators and parents.
In addition to providing every 4th grader in America a free entry pass for national parks and federal public lands and waters, 4th grade educators, youth group leaders and their students across the country can also participate in the program through field trips and other learning experiences. The program is an important part of the National Park Service’s centennial celebration in 2016, which encourages everyone to Find Your Park.
Katie Lawhon, Management Assistant, 10/8/15