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 additional information on Commercial filming/still photography, business activities (Commercial Use Authorizations), Special Use Authorizations or Hunting Permits in the park, please contact Sherrill Gray by telephone at (850) 934-2605 or email to e-mail us.
Applications can be found here by clicking Commercial Filming Application, Commercial Use Authorization Application, or a Special Use Permit Application for the Florida or Mississippi Districts. Complete a hard copy application and forward it onto Sherrill Gray, Gulf Islands National Seashore, 1801 Gulf Breeze Pkwy., Gulf Breeze, Florida 32563.
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?
Of the seven species of sea turtles, four species nest at Gulf Islands National Seashore. Sea turtle hatchlings instinctively head for areas of brighter light. Artificial lighting causes thousands of hatchling deaths each year.