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