Good news for families looking to get out and explore our nation's National Parks!

Traditionally, the "Every Kid Outdoors Annual 4th Grade Pass" program provides free admission for 4th grade students to "over 2,000 federal lands and waters." The thought behind it the program is to get kids and their families to spend more time outside, together, exploring the sights, sounds and history of National Parks. But that's a task that was made difficult in March, when much of the Nation shut down because of the Coronavirus.

U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt signed a Secretary's Order this week, extending the "Every Kid Outdoors Annual 4th Grade Pass" to 5th graders, too. Bernhardt said that most kids were unable to take full advantage of this access this spring, because of the Covid-19 pandemic, and he wants to give them another opportunity.

From a press release put out by the National Park Service website: 

"For the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year, U.S. fifth graders can bring their families to national parks, wildlife refuges and other Department of the Interior managed public lands and waters for free!"

To access this privilege, you can visit the National Park Service Website, and download a new 5th grade voucher.

If you have a 4th grader, and would like to take advantage of the program, simple click here to get more information on how to get the 4th grade voucher.

They National Park Service also put out this helpful video that explains everything for you.

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