Hood River, Ore. – With summer vacation right around the corner, fourth graders can spend their time away from schoolbooks in the scenic beauty of public lands…for free!
For the third year in a row, children enrolled in fourth grade for the 2016-17 school year are eligible for an Every Kid in a Park pass, which provides free entry onto federal public lands.
Beyond simply the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, the pass is good nationwide, from Tongass National Forest in rugged Alaska all the way to sunny Ocala National Forest in Florida.
Every Kid pass waives parking fees anywhere where a day pass is required for the fourth grader. It can also help cover the cost of family members as it includes the occupants of a single, non-commercial vehicle OR the pass holder plus three people where per person fees are charged. The pass does not cover camping, tours, special recreation permits and most concession operated facilities. The voucher and passes are valid untilAugust 31, 2017.
To obtain an Every Kid pass, visit www.everykidinapark.gov, play a fun educational activity, then print your earned voucher and present it to your nearest Forest Service office in exchange for a plastic pass.
Bring the printed voucher into the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area’s headquarters in Hood River, located at 902 Wasco Avenue, Suite 200 from 8:00 to 4:30 on Monday through Friday (excluding federal holidays).
Place your annual pass on your dashboard in lieu of a day pass—no need for fee envelopes! Come try it out at any one of our trailheads, including Eagle Creek Trailhead, Bridge of the Gods Trailhead, Wahclella Falls, Sam’s Walker Picnic Area, and many more.
Better yet, your Every Kid pass is eligible to be used for federal lands managed by these agencies as well:
- National Park Service
- U.S. Bureau of Land Management
- U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
- National Park Service
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Why Fourth Grade?
The Every Kid in a Park program encourages children to explore, learn, and play in the spectacular places that belong to us all and aims to inspire future generations to serve as stewards of these places. Research shows that children ages 9-11 are at a unique stage in their learning where they begin to understand how the world around them works in more concrete ways. Today, more than 80 percent of American families live in urban areas and kids are spending more hours in front of screens instead of heading outdoors for entertainment. By providing these passes, Every Kid in a Park is designed to provide every child in the U.S. with an opportunity to visit public lands by the time he or she is 11 years old.
The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area encompasses 292,500 acres of Washington and Oregon, where the Columbia River cuts a spectacular river canyon through the Cascade Mountains. The USDA Forest Service manages National Forest lands in the National Scenic Area and works with the Gorge Commission, states, counties, treaty tribes, and partners to protect and enhance scenic, natural, cultural, and recreational resources of the Columbia River Gorge while encouraging local economic development consistent with that protection. Learn more about Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area at www.fs.usda.gov/crgnsa or follow us on social media at facebook.com/crgnsa or www.twitter.com/crgnsa.