Fourth Graders Eligible for Free Christmas Trees on National Forests

Photo credit: U.S. Forest Service

Thanksgiving is here, and that means Christmas is right around the corner! Make plans for a great family experience – cutting your own Christmas tree on a national forest! The U.S. Forest Service has a special program that allows fourth graders with an Every Kid in a Park pass obtain a free Christmas tree permit while supplies last. Fourth graders just need to show their pass – available online at – at a U.S. Forest Service office near you. If there isn’t a fourth grader in your family, it’s ok – you’re still eligible to buy a national forest tree cutting permit, just contact your nearby national forest! So make this year’s tree gathering a great family outing on your national forests.

Know before you go – you should not just go out and cut an attractive looking tree. But the 150+ national forests cover more than 190 million acres of our nation and there are many eligible trees. Call your national forest and make sure they’re issuing tree permits. To find a national forest near you, click here and zoom in on your state. And be sure to check out the Forest Service’s general guidelines here. There are national forests in 42 states – and there are national forests just across the border from many of the remaining eight.

Then it’s off to the forest to cut down your tree! And while you’re there, enjoy some healthy, active outdoor fun on your public lands and waters!