State Parks

Go Fourth

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks is partnering with the South Dakota Department of Health to put on the Go Fourth program. Go Fourth aims to get fourth graders and their families outside and active this summer with the overall aim of improving the health of South Dakota youth and families. Students from public, private and tribal schools are eligible and will receive their passes through school.

The Go Fourth pass is redeemable for the student’s choice of three state park discounts:

  • A free daily license
  • Half off one annual park license
  • A free 3-year subscription to the Conservation Digest

Students will also receive a coupon for a free 1-hour equipment rental, where available. The Go Fourth and rental coupon are redeemable until December 31 of the issuing year.

We encourage students to go forth and create healthy habits, try new activities, and enjoy nature with their families.

Receiving your pass

Passes are typically distributed in March and April, either through the school office or through a classroom visit by GFP staff.

Parents of homeschool fourth grade students should contact the state park administrative office at Please include your student’s name and your mailing address so we can determine eligibility. Any South Dakota student who is a fourth grader in the 2023-2024 school year is eligible for the 2024 program.

Redeeming your pass

You can redeem your Go Fourth pass at any South Dakota State Park or Recreation Area. Have your child’s pass completed and accessible so you can provide the proper information.