In 2015, then President Obama announced that beginning September 1, 2015, all kids in the fourth grade would be able to get their own Every Kid in a Park pass. The program coincided with the National Park Service's centennial year in 2016, and it was a call to action to get all children to visit and enjoy America's unparalleled outdoors. The pass has been renewed annually and continues to be available to fourth graders. Here are some of the benefits:
Why 4th Graders? According to the White House, the school grade was decided on for "logistical, educational and instructional reasons." The National Park Service and other land and water agencies already have 4th grade programming in place in many locations focusing on state history during the 4th grade, which aligns well with what NPS and other land managers have to offer. The White House also points to 4th graders only having one teacher at that age, making it easier for them to reach the group. Research shows the earlier a youth connects with the outdoors, the better for their development long term. Studies point to age 11 as the last chance to make those important impacts and building of a relationship with nature.
What does that mean for my visit to the Pearl Harbor National Memorial? The Pearl Harbor National Memorial is already a free park. Because you can always visit us for free, no pass is required. Unfortunately, we are unable to hand out hard passes to visiting 4th graders.
Please note: The Every Kid In A Park pass cannot be used to waive the $1.00 convenience fee if you make a reservation online through www.recreation.gov.
Last updated: April 15, 2019