The Forest Service and National Park Service have expanded the Every Kid Outdoors program to fifth grade students during the period of October 28, 2020 through August 31, 2021. The program was originally created so fourth graders and their families could see America’s natural wonders and historic sites for free by offering a pass to fourth graders allowing them and their families free access to National Parks, Lands, Forests and Monuments. However, last year many fourth graders missed out on using their Every Kid Outdoors Annual 4th Grade Pass during the 2019-2020 school year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Fourth and fifth grade students can obtain a voucher by accessing the Every Kid Outdoors website at www.everykidoutdoors.gov. Fifth grade students will need to link to the National Park Service Fifth Grade Voucher website on the top left corner of the home page. Physical passes are available for fourth graders to obtain, either through their school or by contacting their local Forest Service office. Voucher holders also receive a free Christmas Tree permit available throughwww.recreation.gov or Forest Service offices. There is a $2.50 online processing fee. “This is the first year Christmas tree permits are being sold online and it is a very convenient way for these fourth and fifth graders to get their free tree without having to come to an office,” stated Partnership Coordinator Allison Stewart. Many students are taking advantage of this method for permits already. The Forest Service has already seen free tree permits being processed through the online system on neighboring forests. “Our Christmas tree permits are available beginning November 16. I hope students and their families take advantage of this extended program and the opportunities to explore public lands,” added Stewart. ### USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.