We’ve been visiting National Parks in our travels for a few years now and finally purchased the Passport to Your National Parks. This small, spiral bound travelogue easily fits in your backpack and is a wonderful way to track your visits and memories of our national parks. The passport is organized by region and provides space for stamps and stickers in each region. The guide lists national parks, historic sites, battlefields, monuments, memorials and trails.
It is a great, inexpensive and fun way to keep the kids engaged in seeing and exploring our great country. We are sharing one as a family, rather than keeping up with multiples, and my only regret is that we didn’t purchase it sooner!
You can find the passport for under $10 at eparks.com. We purchased our in Glacier Bay on Holland America because it has been our experience that the national park visitor centers have a hard time keeping them in stock.
Here you can see an example of our Glacier Bay page. Many, but not all, National Parks have a cancellation stamp in their visitor center. Some also sell the sticker.
While on the topic of National Parks, when each of mine were in fourth grade, we took advantage of the Every Kid in a Park program. Every Kid in a Park was created so fourth graders and their families could discover our wildlife, resources, and history for free. The pass runs by the school year calendar (August to August) and you apply online. When you visit a site that charges entrance fees per person the pass admits all children under 16 and up to three adults for free. If you visit a site that charges vehicle entrance fees the pass admits all children under 16 and all adults in up to one passenger vehicle.
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