It’s good to be a fourth-grader in Colorado this holiday season!
The experience of hiking through the forest, picking out a perfect tree, and cutting it down is something not every kid can say they have experienced. For fourth graders across Colorado, they can add this to their favorite Christmas memories for free this year, courtesy of the United States Forest Service.
The kids can receive a free permit to cut down a Christmas tree this year through the "Every Kid Outdoors" program. This is the same program that offers a free National Parks pass to all fourth graders across the country. This opportunity is only available to those who have a valid "4th Grade Interagency Pass".
The free permits will only be available for in-person pickup at the U.S Forest Service District Offices, and both the fourth-grader and the pass must be present to collect the free permits. For more information on office locations and tree-cutting locations, click here.
Colorado has plenty of places to cut down trees within National Forest Service lands in Arapahoe, Roosevelt, Pike, White River, and San Juan National Forests. Please note that there are specific rules and regulations for each forest—some areas require online-only permits—and there are terms and conditions for cutting down live trees in the National Forests.
Colorado is also home to several Christmas tree farms where folks can cut down their own tree. This year, Colorado Parks and Wildlife has also opened Golden Gate Canyon State Park for Christmas tree cutting, granting 250 permits through an online lottery system.
There's a lot of free stuff out there for Colorado kids, and not just fourth-graders. In fact, if you've got a kiddo in the fifth grade, he/she can ski for free through the 5th Grade Passport program.
These are just some of the fun and beneficial programs for kids across Colorado! Do you know of any other programs offering free opportunities for kids for the remainder of the year, or leading into the new year? Share them with us in the comments, and we will keep you posted on any new one we hear about!