Closures for Winter
December 2, 2013- Acadia is now in winter mode. Most of Park Loop Road, including Cadillac Mountain Road, is closed. Still open is the Ocean Drive section, from Schooner Head overlook to Otter Cliff Road, and Jordan Pond area via Jordan Pond Road. More »
Educational Fee Waivers
Educational fee waivers are granted to educational institutions whose curriculum relates specifically to the resources in Acadia National Park.
Fee Waiver Information
National Park Service regulations allow school groups and other approved national and international academic institutions to obtain a waiver of park entrance fees, provided the visit is for educational or scientific purposes, and the resources or facilities that the group intends to use support those purposes.
Educational fee waivers are not automatically granted. Applicant groups must demonstrate that they qualify for the waiver. There are three requirements (listed below) that the group must meet to qualify for an educational fee waiver: eligibility, educational purpose, and relevancy of park resources or facilities.
Eligibility Applicants must prove they are an academic or scientific institution.
Entrance fee waivers are granted only if the above three criteria are met.
If the group is on a commercial tour, the applicant must state how the tour supports the curriculum. Groups that do not qualify for an educational fee waiver will be charged the appropriate entrance fee and may be considered as a Non-Commercial Organized Group. Click here for more information.
Completed applications along with the required documentation may be sent via fax or mail to the Fee Management Office at Acadia National Park.
For a copy of the Fee Waiver Application, click here.
All applications must be received within two weeks prior to anticipated trip.
Groups planning science education activities during their visits must adhere to specific rules governing such activities.
Did You Know?
Since 1999, propane-powered Island Explorer buses have carried more than two million passengers in Acadia National Park, eliminating more than 685,000 automobile trips and preventing 6,444 tons of greenhouse gases. The fare-free buses are supported by your entrance fees. More...