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Every-Kid-in-a-Park 4th Grade Free Entry Program Guidelines for Use in New York State Parks

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New York State Parks will accept the National Park Service’s (NPS) Every-Kid-in-a Park pass (pictured below) upon presentation for free entry for 4th grade students into all State Parks in 2017-2018. The pass applies only to the vehicle entry fee, and the 4th grader must be present in the vehicle. The pass will also be accepted at state historic sites for the pass holder and up to 3 adults for house tour fees. This is a pilot program as part of a series of initiatives to encourage youth visitation to state parks, historic sites and public lands. Fourth grade students can obtain and print their pass at

State Parks has launched a grant program to provide transportation funding assistance to schools for field trips to State Parks. Learn more about eligibility and how to apply.

General Rules & Guidelines

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  • The pass is for fourth-grade students for the 2017-2018 Parks operating season (expires December 31, 2018)
  • The fourth-grade student must be present when the pass is presented
  • The pass covers the vehicle use fee at New York State Parks and the fee for historic site tours for the fourth grader and up to 3 family members
  • The pass does not cover amenities such as camping, pool fees, rentals or special tours
  • Students cannot transfer the pass to anyone else
  • Electronic versions of the paper pass cannot be accepted
  • There is no way to request a refund if the pass is not presented
  • The pass should be presented upon entry where park staff will welcome the 4th grader and his/her family and provide the car with a no-fee "Connect Kids" ticket for the car dashboard (pictured above). The federal pass remains with the student. Where there is no manual fee collection, the pass may be left on the car dashboard.
  • Special Note: Visitors to Niagara Falls State Park must either locate the lot attendant or bring their parking ticket and pass to the Visitor Center (for Lot 1) or the Cave of the Winds Plaza Ticketing/Information window (for Lot 2) to have it validated for the free parking.
  • Other exclusions may apply