Foster Family Pass

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Offered to Washington State residents who provide out-of-home care to children as foster parents, caregivers or kinship families.

pass benefits:

  • Free camping (1 site per night).
  • Free day-use entry in Washington State parks. 

Parent and child receiving care must camp and visit together to collect discount.

This pass is free to apply for and must be renewed every 2 years.

The Foster Family pass does not take the place of a Discover Pass. It will not be accepted in lands managed by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife or Department of Natural Resources. 


Download the Foster Family pass application.

Email or call (360) 902-8844 or the Washington Telecommunication Relay Service at (800) 833-6388 to request an application.


For residency: 

  • Washington state driver license or ID card.
  • Washington state voter registration card.
  • Senior property tax exemption.

Provide parent's proof of residency.  Proof must be at least 3 months old.  

For out-of-home care

  • Award letter or license from DCYF or DSHS.
  • Guardianship court orders from state or Tribal government.
  • Verification form filled out by Tribal or kinship navigator authority with a tax return or lease agreement with both parent and child's name.
  • Other documents accepted on a case by case basis. 

sumbit applications:


Washington State Parks
P.O. Box 42650
Olympia, WA 98504


(360) 586-6640


For more information please email call (360) 902-8844 or email

Foster Program Rules and expectations:

Pass holder expectations:


  • Do not alter or make copies of your pass.  Never share your pass or pass number with others.


  • Pass holders will be charged $15 to replace lost, stolen, or damaged passes. 


  • The pass does not provide discounts on annual permits, reservation fees, extra vehicle fees, roofed shelters, group camps or other services, except as noted. 


  • The pass cannot be used with any other pass or discount. 


  • The pass holder must cancel reservations if unable to use them.


Camping rules:


  • The Foster child must arrive and camp with the caregiver the entire length of stay. Fee reduction is limited to 1 campsite per night. 


  • Your pass must be physically present to receive discount, be prepared to show your ID.


  • Do not make duplicate or multiple reservations for the same night. Including double sites.


Park rules:


  • Camping is limited to 10 consecutive nights at any single park from April 1 through Sept. 30, and 20 consecutive nights the rest of the year.  


  • Pass holders are expected to treat park staff with respect, always follow park rules and staff guidance.  


Violations of these rules, or any other park rules, may result in pass benefit suspension or revocation.