Doing Business With The Park
Special Park Uses
A special park use is a short-term activity that takes place in a park area and typically provides a benefit to an individual, group or organization, or a First Amendment cause, rather than the public at large. The National Park Service may permit a special park use providing the activity will not cause derogation of the park's resources or values, visitor experiences, or the purpose for which the park was established. Primary consideration will be given to potential resource damage and to anticipated disruption of normal public use. The following types of activities are examples of special park uses that may require a permit from the National Seashore:
The following general conditions apply for all permits:
For more information on commercial filming or photography contact the Superintendent's Office at (850) 934-2615,or email Dee Dee Mladucky. For more information on other business activities (Commercial Use Authorization) in the park, contact the Business Contracting Office at (850) 934-2614, or email Andre Ward. For information on all other events and special park uses, please download,Activities That Require a Special Use Permit and an Additional Permit Provisions Brochure. (Ranger Activities) complete and return a Special Use Permit Application for Florida or Mississippi. For further assistance, contact Sherrill Gray at (850) 934-2605, or email e-mail us
NPS Scientific Research and Collecting Permit
The National Park Service has a long history of encouraging educational discovery and scientific research in parks. Research and collection activities within Gulf Islands National Seashore are managed to prevent damage to the resources, to coordinate research activities, and to assist in the application of science to the management of the Seashore. For these reasons, a National Park Service permit is required for any collecting or research activity conducted within the Seashore. Permits may only be issued to official representatives of a reputable scientific or educational institution or a federal, tribal, or state agency to conduct scientific research activities. Persons interested in collecting or conducting research must make application to the National Park Service. Applications may be obtained from and submitted to the specific park of interest or online at:
Scattering Cremated Remains
With limitations, the National Park Service normally grants permission to those wishing to scatter cremated remains within the borders of Gulf Islands National Seashore. To receive permission, please submit a Special Use Permit application as indicated above. With a Special Use Permit, you will be permitted to scatter cremated remains with the following general conditions:
Did You Know?
In 1828, John Q. Adams designated the Naval Live Oaks Area of Gulf Islands National Seashore as the first United States tree farm. Live oak trees are known for their incredible density and resistance to disease. They provided durable wood for the construction of early naval vessels.