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Free National Park Passes for 4th Graders

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

Free National Park Passes for 4th graders and their families

Free National Park Passes for 4th Graders

As park of the every kid in a park program, the National Park service if offering free National Park passes for 4th graders. The pass is good for the 2015-2015 school year and through the summer of 2016. The pass expires on August 31, 2016.  This pass not only gets 4th graders into our National Parks for free, but also includes the whole family.

This is the time to get your kids outdoors and to enjoy our National Parks. The National Park Service will be celebrating 100 years of service in 2016.

Every family with a 4th grader needs to visit .  Let your fourth grader start their adventure online.  Hit Play and the adventure will begin.  Your child will begin a diary of what they would like to do in one or more of our National Parks.


After completing the diary they my claim their Free National Park Pass.  This park pass is worth 80.00 dollars and is good for the 2015-2016 school year and into the summer of 2016 until August 31, 2016.  The pass will need to be printed and presented at one of our National Park Recreation Areas.  Digital version are not accepted.

It is important to note that no matter where you live in the United States, there’s a site within two hours of your home.  Visit and put in your zip code to find sites close to you.  There are over four hundred  units and 84 million acres set aside under the National Park Service. St. Bernard Lodge is lucky to be close to Lassen National Forest, Plumas National Forest, Lassen Volcanic National Park and several other wonderful sites.  Plug in zip code 96061 on the discover the forest site and you can find the many wonderful places close to the lodge.  Please call the lodge at 530-258-3382 and we can help you plan your trip while staying at the lodge and traveling to and from the lodge.

Close to the lodge you can climb Lassen Peak and see Mt. Shasta, hike cinder cone and look down into the opening of the volcano and view the painted desert, hike through a lava tube the Subway Caves and many more great hikes.

For specific details on the free National Park Pass for 4th graders please visit website.

Teachers of fourth graders

Free National Park Passes for 4th GradersTeachers of fourth graders can download passes for their students.  If you are a fourth grade teacher please visit  Every fourth grader’s family needs to know about this program.  The National Park Service has a great activity sheet that can be downloaded for field trips or parents visiting our National Parks with their children.  Activity Sheet.

Teachers of other grades

National Parks are America’s largest classrooms.  Find great lesson plans to use in your classroom or when visiting one of our National Parks. Sometimes schools closest to one of our National Parks forget about all the resources our Parks have to offer.  Please visit the resource page for our National Parks.  You can plug in your grade and topic and find great resources to use with your students.

 Free Park Guide

For both teachers, parents and grandparents please visit for a great information on our  national parks.  the site is full of great information and guides which can be downloaded.

Guide with 35 adventures for kids.

Guide with great overview of the National Parks

Celebration of 100 years of the National Park Service

As part of the celebration of the National Park Service the Centennial Project has been started.  This is a contest to find and celebrate the top 100 Find Your Park Sites.  Submit your story on one of your favorite parks. The top 5 stores will inspire Centennial Ambassadors; Bella Thorne, Rosely Sanchez, Bill Nye, Terrence J and Mary Lambert to create a project.

Grand Prize winners will also win a National Park Weekend Get-A-Way Adventure with REI and more.

There will be 45 first place prize winners and 50 second place prize winners.  For a list of prizes to be awarded visit the Centennial Project website.

 Lodging Near Lassen National Volcanic Park

St. Bernard Lodge makes a great choice to stay when visiting Lassen Park.  The lodge has seven rooms all upstairs with shared bathrooms.  The rooms by be booked individually or the entire upstairs can be booked by a group.  Special pricing for groups of us to 20 guests.  Call the lodge for special pricing and package details.  530-258-3382.

Lassen Volcanic National Park is a great California park to use your free national park pass for 4th graders.  Special ranger led programs in the summer, great fall colors, and a winter wonderland to play in the winter.  Learn to snow shoe with special ranger led snow shoe walks.  Great hills for sledding.


National Park Week 2013

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Monday April 22 thru Friday April 26th 2013 is National Park Week. April 23rd is National Junior Ranger Day and April 27th is Volunteer Day.


Join National Park Week 2013

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Make your plans now to visit a National Park close to you during National Park week. During this week all National Parks offer free entrance.

Participating California National Parks include:

Lassen Volcanic                                                                                                                      
Death Valley
Joshua Tree
Lava Beds
Muir Woods

San Francisco Maritime
Sequoia Kings Canyon
Find a park near you!

National Park Week was first proclaimed in 1991

President George H.W. Bush proclaimed National Park Week to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the National Park Service.  Yellowstone was the first National Park in the world in 1872.  Lassen Volcanic National Park was originally two separate national monuments; Cinder Cone National Monument and Lassen Peak National Monument.  These two monuments and surrounding area were declared a National Park in 1916.  The National Park Service was also created in 1916 by Woodrow Wilson.  Both Lassen Park and the National Park service will be celebrating their 100th anniversary in 2016.  As of 2013 the National Park system has over 450 natural, historical, recreational & cultural areas throughout the U.S. and its territories.

Fun facts about our National Parks

84 million acres are designated as National Park land,  17,000 miles of trails, 43,000 miles of shoreline, 27,000 historic or prehistoric structures, 100 million museum items and 12,000 campsites. As of 2013 there are 398 National Parks.  There is at least one National Park in every state except Delaware.  California is host to the most National Parks in a given state.  Every American is less than 100 miles from a national park experience.

Fun facts specific to Lassen Park

Find Yourself at Lassen

Over 106,000 acres, 150 miles of trails, only National Park with all 4 types of volcanoes, largest plug dome volcano in the world, southern most volcano in the Cascade Range, 779 plant species, 216 species of birds, 11 campgrounds with 496 campsites, 3 areas with stock corrals (Butte Lake, Juniper Lake and Summit Lake).  Lassen Park road is the highest road in the Cascade Mountains reaching 8,512 feet. One of the least visited National Parks, making it a great park to get out and explore without crowds found at some other National Parks. Plan you trip now to Lassen.

Find a park near you and take advantage of free entrance during National Park Week this April.  Call St. Bernard Lodge for special pricing for lodging during this week.  St. Bernard Lodge is only 20 minutes from the SW park entrance of Lassen Park  also within a few hours of Whiskeytown and Lava Beds. Whiskeytown should have spring flowers and Lassen will still have snow for snow-play for the kids, snowshoeing or cross country skiing. If you enjoy exploring caves Lava Beds is for you.  Get out and enjoy the Spring!

Bring your kids on April 23rd for National Junior Ranger Day.  Currently there are over 290 Junior Ranger Programs in the National Park Service.

If you choose to visit Lassen Park please make sure to stop in for a visit at St. Bernard Lodge.  Even if you are not planning on staying with us, call ahead and dine with us. To make reservations for rooms or dining 530-258-3382.