For All School Groups
Entrance-fee waivers are granted to bona fide academic institutions that are using the park to study park resources. In accordance with 36 CFR 71.13 (d), there are three criteria to qualify for an academic fee waiver:
National or international applicants must prove they are a school or bona fide academic institution by submitting one of the following types of documentation:
2. Educational Purpose of the Visit
Applicants must provide a written statement (documentation) verifying that the visit supports a specific curriculum for which academic credit is offered. Academic credit must be earned by students attending the trip.
3. Relevance of Park Resources or Facilities
Relevance to park resources must be described. Applicants must provide a written statement 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. Be as specific as possible as to what locations in the park will be visited and why. A clear, detailed lesson plan indicating credit being earned may support both #2 and #3.
To request an entrance fee waiver for your primary, secondary, university, or college school group, email documentation of the three criteria above, as well as a completed fee waiver application to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to:
In most cases your application must be received at least 30 days prior to your proposed visit. If approved, the application will be signed and returned to you.
Applications cannot be approved at the park entrance stations or visitor centers. Verbal waivers will not be granted.
Each vehicle must have a hard copy of the waiver in their possession during their entire visit. Students arriving without the waiver will be charged an entrance fee.
Last updated: March 23, 2021