4th Grade Free Christmas Tree Program

Are you in 4th grade? If yes, you are eligible to receive a free Christmas tree permit for the White River National Forest. Here's how:

Child Harvesting a TreeEvery Kid Outdoors initiative is offering one free Holiday Tree permit to fourth-graders that have a valid 4th Grade Interagency Pass. These free Holiday Tree permits are only available at U.S. Forest Service District offices offices or with on-line purchase at recreation.gov

***NEW for the 2020 Christmas tree permit season** – Are you in 5th Grade? If yes, you are also eligible to receive a free Christmas tree permit for the White River National Forest.  Here’s How:

The USDA Forest Service announced it will expand its Every Kid Outdoors program to offer fourth- and fifth-grade students and family members fee-free access to more than 2,000 sites on national forests and grasslands for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year. A new voucher is available for download now through August 31, 2021.

Instructions on how to obtain a pass or voucher and collect a free tree permit:

In order for students to receive a free tree permit, they must present a valid paper voucher printed from the Every Kid Outdoors website: https://everykidoutdoors.gov.

  1. Visit the website and follow the instructions on the website to obtain the paper voucher. 
  2. Print out the paper voucher. 
  3. Bring paper voucher with you to a permit sale location (district office or the supervisor’s office) on the White River National Forest to claim the free permit.

View office locations.  The 4th or 5th grader and family must present the voucher in person at an office location. Only one free tree permit is allowed per 4th or 5th grader. 

Background on Every Kid Outdoors Initiative: 

Today, more than 80 percent of American families live in urban areas, and many lack easy access to safe outdoor spaces. At the same time, kids are spending more hours than ever in front of screens instead of outside. The Every Kid Outdoors initiative encourages valuable opportunities to explore, learn, and play in the spectacular places that belong to us all and aims to inspire stewardship of these places for future generations.