In the natural laboratory of the park, students can experience first-hand the human history, geology, and biological wonders that make Hawaiʻi and Haleakalā special.
If you can't come to the park, you can still include the National Park System in your classroom. Check out LearnNPS for more.
Educational Fee Waivers
National Park Service regulations allow school groups and other bona fide national and international educational institutions to obtain a waiver of park entrance fees, provided that the visit is for educational or scientific purposes, and the resources or facilities the group proposes to use support those purposes.
Educational fee waivers are not granted automatically. Applicant groups must show they qualify for the waiver. There are three criteria the group must meet to qualify for an educational fee waiver: eligibility, educational purpose, and relevance of park resources or facilities.
Additional information on criteria and application procedures is located in the documents below. For additional questions, please call 808-572-4442.
Hō'ike o Haleakalā Curriculum
K-1st grade: "Home is Where the Habitat Is" Students explore Hosmer Grove to discover that animals need food, shelter, and friends too. (1 hour; 25 student maximum, 1/4 mile)
Scheduling a curriculum-based program with park staff:
Bus Subsidies (We know buses are expensive!):
Five ways to make Haleakalā National Park your classroom
Do you want a program with park staff?
Call the park's Environmental Education Coordinator (EEC) AT (808) 572-4451 at least one month before your proposed visit. Have some dates in mind, know your group size and what your goals are for the trip and what you want to teach in the field. Let us know what grade/age you teach. No fee waiver will be needed of you have scheduled a park staff program through the park's EEC - we'll let the Entrance Station know you're with us.
Do you want to visit on your own, without park staff or other agencies?
Call the park's EEC at least one month prior to let them know when you plan to come. (80 kids in line for the same bathroom can put a snag in your itinerary and the plans of other school groups visiting the park!) The EEC can send you a fee waiver form and contact information for the Fee Manager. This is necessary if you don't want to be charged an entrance fee for your group when you try to enter the park. The Fee Manager will determine if your group qualifies for an educational fee waiver. Remember, you might be affiliated with a school, but you have to demonstrate why your students will be learning from the experience, not just sight-seeing. You must apply for this one month prior. Keep in mind that Wilderness Area trails can have no more than 12 hikers per group,and that groups must be spaced 30 minutes apart on the trail. Call the EEC for ideas about how to meet your education goals while following the rules that protect the park: (808) 572-4451.
Do you want to encourage your students to get involved through volunteer work?
Call the park's Volunteer Coordinator at (808) 572-4487. The VC is in touch with all the working groups in the park and is best situated to find a rewarding match for your group. Again, the more lead time in planning, the more rewarding the experience.
Do you want to go into the Nature Conservancy's Waikamoi Preserve?
The preserve is outside park boundaries, but entrance is through the park. Call TNC's Maui office at (808) 572-7849 to schedule. Also call the park EEC to let the park know your gang will be using the bathrooms and possibly lunch space. Otherwise, things can be pretty crowded if there's 60 third graders along with a class of high school students in the same area. No need to get a fee waiver, TNC lets our Entrance Station know, you will not be charged an entrance fee. If TNC cannot meet your schedule, contact the park EEC to see if park staff can assist.
Do you want to visit the observatories?
Although you travel through the park, the facilities are not part of the park and are outside our boundaries. To arrange a time to visit, contact the University of Hawaiʻi Institute of Astronomy via their website. Next, call the park EEC to warn them your class will be in the park, standing in lines for bathrooms. No need to get a fee waiver, the UH lets our Entrance Station know, you will not be charged an entrance fee.
Other Educational Opportunities
Contact our Education Coordinator
EE Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org