Fee Waiver Qualifications
In order to qualify for a waiver, a group must meet all of the following criteria:
Educational and scientific groups must submit proof of official recognition as an accredited institution by a federal, state, or local government entity. Private schools or other scientific institutions may submit documentation of tax exempt status granted for educational purposes. Groups or organizations that have been "officially recognized by a school or scientific institution for the purpose of providing education…" must provide evidence of this official recognition.
- The intended trip must relate directly to the educational or scientific purpose of the visit and to the unique features and resources of Big Bend. The visit "shall not be primarily for recreation purposes." Submit a one-page lesson plan listing objectives, itinerary, and how lessons relate to park resources.
- Requests from colleges or universities should also include a copy of the course description from the school's course catalog or handbook.
HOW TO APPLY
Complete the Fee Waiver for Educational Study form [see below]. Mail or fax the fee waiver request, along with proof of accreditation, lesson plan, and course description [if a college or university], at least two weeks in advance of your visit to:
ATTN: Entrance Fee Coordinator
National Park Service
P.O. Box 129
Big Bend National Park, TX 79834
Or by fax: 432-477-1176 [Attn: J. Hines]
Note: The proposed trip must be sanctioned as an approved school educational activity by an authorized school official. The form must be signed by the school's principal, department head, or other appropriate official.
Be sure each vehicle has a copy of the approved fee waiver in its possession at the entrance gate or they will be charged normal entrance fees.
Other than groups traveling as part of a commercial tour, individuals 16 years or under, or individuals 62 years and older possessing Golden Age Passports, or permanently disabled persons possessing Golden Access Passports, are exempt from park entry fees. If an educational fee waiver has not been granted, all others must pay the required entrance fees.
Call 432-477-1121 for additional assistance.
Application for Resource Education Fee Waiver
The fee waiver application is available as:
The Lesson Plan form is available as:
SPECIAL USE PERMITS:
In addition to an entrance fee waiver, due to recent changes in regulations , all organized groups, including educational and non-profit groups, may need a Special Use Permit for conducting activities in the park.
Please call 432-477-1108 for information on obtaining a Special Use Permit.