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California State Park Adventure Pass for Fourth Graders

by Eugenia Lazaris

Dec 19, 2022

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California features some of the most stunning landscapes in the country and the incredible variety of state parks lets family travelers teach their kids about nature through experiences. From mountains, forests and rivers to sand dunes and beaches, along with plenty of local culture and history, the parks have it all. In a recent partnership with the First Partner’s Office and the Natural Resources Agency, California State Parks offers an adventure pass geared specifically toward young adventurers, namely the state’s fourth graders.


The California State Park Adventure Pass lets fourth graders enjoy free entry to the state’s parks, along with a car full of their friends and family. Running Sept. 1–Aug. 31 each year, students can bring three friends or family members along with them when they visit 19 of the state’s parks for free. Participating parks include Silver Strand State Beach in Coronado; Calaveras Big Trees State Park in Arnold; and Morro Bay State Park Museum of Natural History, home of the iconic Morro Rock, just to name a few.


To obtain your California fourth grader’s adventure pass, simply set up a profile here or call 800 444 7275. Once the profile is set up, you (or your fourth grader) will receive their Adventure Pass via email. The passes can then be accessed electronically through the email or printed out and brought along on each state park visit.


If your child isn’t a California fourth grader, you can still purchase an adventure pass to explore the state’s incredible landscape, culture, history and wilderness showcased by the state’s parks. There are a variety of pass options, such as the California Explorer Annual Pass for $195, which gives you unlimited access to all 134 of the state’s parks, including Southern California’s popular beaches.


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