Grab your kids and head north of town — all fourth-graders can visit Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park this year as part of the National Park Service’s “Every Kid in a Park” program.

The national program allows fourth-grade students, and those accompanying them, free access to public lands and waters across the country for a year.

The National Park Service describes the program as “a call to action for children to experience America’s spectacular outdoors, rich history and culture” and a “crucial component of a multi-pronged approach to inspire the next generation to discover all that our nation’s public lands and waters have to offer.”

“There’s so much to discover at Grand Teton National Park,” Superintendent David Vela said in a press release. “Hopefully our young visitors visit with their families and develop a lifelong connection to the park and our nation’s land, water and wildlife.”

Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Dan Wenk is also encouraging participation.

“We want more people to get to know Yellowstone, America’s first national park, so we’re offering a special invitation to fourth-graders and their families to discover everything that this fantastic park offers,” Wenk said.

“We hope these free passes will introduce fourth-graders, their classes, and their families to many of our national treasures, including Yellowstone. Kids of all ages need places where they can run and play, explore and learn.”

To download a pass and get more information, students and their families can visit The website also has educational activities, trip planning guidelines and additional resources in both English and Spanish.

The pass should be printed and then exchanged for a more durable pass at the entrance stations and backcountry permit offices of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.

The pass allows three accompanying adults or an entire car to most federally managed lands and waters including national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and marine sanctuaries.

The program was launched by President Obama and supported by eight federal agencies including the National Park Service, the Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, Department of Education, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Look for rangers from Grand Teton National Park who will attend parent night tonight at Colter Elementary to present additional information.

Contact Kylie Mohr at 732-7079 or

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