Academic Fee Waivers

Schools and other academic instituitions can apply for a waiver of park entrance fees, provided that their visit is for educational or scientific purposes.

Academic fee waivers are not granted automatically. Applicant groups must demonstrate that they qualify for the waiver. There are three requirements that the group must meet to qualify for an academic fee waiver: educational purpose, relevancy of park resources or facilities, and eligibility.

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Requirement #1 - Educational Purpose

Applicants must provide a written statement confirming that their visit supports a specific curriculum for which academic credit is offered. If the group is on a commercial tour, the applicant must state how the tour supports the curriculum.

Requirement #2 - Relevance of Park Resources

Applicants must provide a written explanation identifying the park resources and/or facilities that will be used to support the educational purpose of the visit, and how they are relevant to that purpose.

Requirement #3 - Eligibility

Applicants must prove they are an academic or scientific institution by presenting one of the following types of documentation:

A statement confirming educational or scientific tax exemption from the IRS or the applicant's national, state, or local tax authority; or

A statement from an academic institution that meets one of the eligibility standards confirming that the group is visiting for the purpose of providing transferable academic credit based on a curriculum; or,

A statement confirming accreditation or recognition as an educational institution from a qualified national, regional, state, or local authority.

If your group fulfills all three requirements, please download the application. Applications must be submitted at least two weeks in advance to allow for processing time. Applications submitted less than two weeks in advance may not be granted due to inability to verify documentation.

To request an academic fee waiver, please download the application and complete Sections 1, 2, and 5. Boxes marked "N/A" may be left blank. Please send your completed application and supporting documents to the address below, or email them to:

Crater Lake National Park
Attn: Fee Supervisor
PO Box 7
Crater Lake, OR 97604

This process only requests an academic fee waiver. Ranger-led educational programs are not available at this time due to staffing shortages. It is anticipated that the programs will resume in Spring 2024.

Last updated: August 30, 2023

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Crater Lake National Park
PO Box 7

Crater Lake, OR 97604


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