The Great Meadow
The Great Meadow & Heritage Oak
After reading the information below, please visit our Permit Application Process page or call the Visitor Center at (360) 816-6241.
Venue Specific Information
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, just north of 1001 East Fifth St., Vancouver, WA 98661
Due to available parking and other concerns, the site can facilitate activities drawing up to 300 attendees. Activities seeking to attract more than 300 attendees will need to be reviewed in greater detail by the park’s management team and will incur additional costs associated with this review.
The venue is open ground and not wheelchair accessible. The nearest accessible restrooms are located at Pearson Air Museum (open Wednesdays through Saturdays) and the Visitor Center.
Approximately 3-5 picnic tables are located in the area. Electricity is not available. As a large, open area, it is available on an as-is basis; no additional equipment is provided. A children’s play structure is located directly south of the Visitor Center and Picnic Shelter.
The site has limited parking available. There are 40 parking spaces available for use in the Visitor Center parking area. Parking on designated public parking areas of East Evergreen Blvd. and Fifth Street are available as well; however street parking may also be used by the public and cannot be guaranteed. No parking is permitted on any grassy area adjacent to the Picnic Shelter.
To apply for a permit to reserve the area for your activity, please complete an application form and return it to the park, along with a $100 application fee (see below). This form can be picked up in person at the visitor information desk at Pearson Air Museum, the Visitor Center, or the reconstructed stockade, or you can download it here. It can be submitted to the park at these places, mailed to the park at the address listed on the form, or emailed us.
A $100 application processing fee is due with the application. This fee is non-refundable, and may be paid by check (made payable to National Park Service) or cashiers check only. Payment of the Application Fee does not guarantee that the National Park Service will issue a permit. Complex applications and proposed activities may require more extensive review; in these cases, a permittee may be charged an additional application fee.
Management costs are costs that may be incurred by the park through expanding park hours of operation, monitoring, supporting, cleaning up, or restoring a resource after event use. They are recovered at a rate of $50/hour per employee.
Your Special Use Permit does not grant exclusive access to the surrounding grounds, including the children’s play structure and the public parking areas on Fifth Street. For increased privacy, it is recommended that you schedule your event early or after hours.
Torches, fires and other sources of open flame are prohibited. Candles are allowed.
Did You Know?
As the fur trade-era depot and headquarters for the Hudson's Bay Company's Columbia Department, did you know that over 61,000 animal pelts were shipped from Fort Vancouver to England in 1843 alone? This and many other stories are interpreted at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. More...