"Special Request" Ranger Guided Programs
We are please to offer "Special Request" ranger-led programs to educational, and non-educational groups. While we will do our best to meet demand, these programs are limited. We can not guarantee that every request will be met. Also, due to weather conditions, these special request programs are only conducted from December through April.
If you are an experienced teacher, or have enjoyed a Special Request program in the past, consider leading your own field trip.
Activities may include a ranger-guided trail hike, a wet walk, or a talk, and can be tailored to your group's age level. Essentially, you can "Build Your Own Visit." Click on the Special Program Request Form to view possible options and submit your request.
Due to high demand, requests must be submitted at least four weeks in advance of program date. There is no charge for these programs, but keep in mind there is an entrance fee to the park. Educational or scientific institutions are encouraged to apply for an entrance fee waiver. Having an entrance fee waiver should not be mistaken for having confirmation of a Special Request program.
Teachers, chaparones, or group leaders should be prepared to lead part of their group themselves if participant numbers exceed a ranger:student ratio of 1:25.
Anyone planning a field trip should prepare their students before-hand. We have various field trip planning guides. Even if you are not part of a formal ranger-led program, these publications offer group leaders helpful ideas for pre-site/on-site activities, information and field trip logistics
For planning questions about Special Request programs, e-mail us here.
On your own activities in the park
Did You Know?
Mermaid sightings have been reported by sailors throughout history who often blamed the part-woman, part-fish beings for leading them astray. But folklore experts believe that what those sailors were seeing were not mermaids, but rather air-breathing manatees, or their dugong relatives.