4th Graders Get FREE National Parks Passes!

Did you know that with the start of the new school year, all fourth graders and their families can claim their free Every Kid in a Park pass?  This pass allows FREE entry into all federal parks, forests, and recreation areas for one full year.  What a fabulous opportunity! Every Kid in a Park Pass ~ Where to Get Yours Starting Sept. 1, fourth graders can print out a paper voucher for free entry into all federal lands by visiting the Every Kid in a Park website at www.everykidinapark.gov. Students and their families can also redeem their paper voucher for a plastic pass at any Forest Service office. For office locations, visit www.fs.usda.gov/r6/. The voucher and passes are valid for the entire school year, Sept. 1, 2017-Aug. 31, 2018. Every Kid in a Park Pass ~ Who Can Use Them? Teachers or adults who engage fourth-graders through a youth-serving organization can print paper passes, and find activities and lesson plans, … [Read more...]

Commemorative National Parks Centennial Gear from Coleman & Pendleton

This year, 2016 marks the centennial for the U.S. National Parks Foundation.  To celebrate, Pendleton, Coleman, and other select outdoor brands have partnered with the organization to offer collections of unique & memorable items for use in the great outdoors. Don't forget about National Parks Week coming up April 16-24, when you can visit the Parks for free!   If those dates don't work for you, be sure to check the list of Free National Park entry dates, and plan a visit for your family this year. Coleman National Parks Centennial Gear   Nostalgia Lantern ($149.99) – Coleman’s Nostalgia Lantern, designed specifically for the 2016 NationalPark Service Centennial commemorative line, harkens back to the good ol’ days of camping with a heritage-inspired full metal body. This battery-powered 700-lumen lantern includes a Lithium-ion battery. When you aren’t using the lantern, switch on Coleman’s BatteryLock technology which disconnects the batteries from their contact … [Read more...]

Celebrate the Centennial On These Free National Park Days

This year marks the 100th anniversary of our National Parks!  These unique, breathtaking nature areas have been set aside and preserved for us and our children to be able to experience their beauty.  To celebrate the Centennial, they are encouraging everyone to "Find Your Park", and get out there to enjoy the outdoors. #FindYourPark Website and Location Tool Did you know there are over 400 National Parks in the US?  Join the celebration to explore, learn, discover, be inspired, or simply have fun.  The Find Your Park site will help you browse for a perfect location to visit.  You can browse by state, or do a general search by name. I love all the ideas it offers on planning your visit, special Centennial events that are being held this year, and experiences for your family to try. And if there isn't a National Park close enough for your family to travel to, you can broaden the map search tool to display public lands. Free National Park Days But now for the best … [Read more...]

Day Trip to Arches National Park

Just outside of the charming town of Radiator Springs... er... I mean Moab, Utah... sits the majestic Arches National Park.   Being an easy drive away from our home, my family likes to day trip here.  Especially during the Spring months, before that desert climate starts to really heat up those lovely red rocks, and the temperatures effortlessly soar above 100 degrees. Wait...is this the real Radiator Springs? I can't help but think of Disney's Cars every time we are in this area.   Here you'll find the Southwest's grand open vistas decorated with red rock formations, which were clearly the inspiration for the movie's setting.  This is the REAL Radiator Springs, people!  As proof of my theory, we spotted this on our way there - at the Crescent Junction, turnoff. After posting this to instagram, my Utah outdoor blogger friend Melissa (Adventure Tykes) let me know that Mater is often nearby, too.  Shoot, we missed him.  He musta been out tractor tippin'. Our Day Trip to Arches … [Read more...]

Free National Park Weekends

When was the last time you took your family out to enjoy some Nature? This upcoming, 3 day (for many) weekend just became the perfect opportunity!   See the bottom of this post for other free dates in 2012. In honor of Martin Luther King Jr day, admission will be free to all 397 National Parks on January 14-16, 2012. … [Read more...]