Every Kid in a Park Initiative

Have you heard of the United States government’s initiative called “Every Kid in a Park”?

This is a government initiative aimed at getting Americans, especially children and “every kid”, into our nation’s park system and interested in outdoor recreation. It allows for every child who is in fourth grade in the 2016-2017 school year to get into our national parks for free. The program became active on September 1, 2016 and will be in effect until August 31, 2017.

How does this work and where do I sign up?
  1. Get your pass here
  2. Plan a trip
  3. Hit the road

*Be sure to print your pass and bring it with you on your trip. The parks will not accept electronic copies from your smart phone, tablet, or other device. Not all sites receive cell service. It is the perfect time to explore and unplug.


Are there are any national parks in Wisconsin?

Yes! Up north, on Lake Superior, the Apostle Islands are 21 islands and 12 miles of mainland that are a must see!

Wisconsin also has the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. This trail is just under 1,200 miles long inside the state of Wisconsin and cuts through Waukesha County.

There is another trail, the North Country National Scenic Trail, which is under construction. When it is completed, it will stretch from North Dakota to New York. It will go through Northern Wisconsin, through the Chequamegon National Forest.

Lastly, there is the Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway. This riverway is over 200 miles of prestine water for you to explore.