Plan A Field Trip
An entrance permit of $10 per vehicle is charged. There is no charge for children 15 and under. Schools officially sanctioned by a Federal, State, or local Government body may be exempt from paying the entrance permit by filling out the Fee Waiver form and having it approved by park officials.
YOU MUST USE THE NEW, 2014 VERSION OF THE FEE WAIVER FOUND BY CLICKING THE LINK BELOWFee Waiver Form
Reservation Guidelines:Many teachers like to combine two or more classes into one field trip to save transportation costs. However, we cannot schedule groups of more than 100 students. Please remember that the park staff is trying to give your students the highest quality educational experience possible. More than one busload of students per field trip is difficult to manage; the field trip deteriorates into crowd control, and virtually nothing educational can be accomplished. Additionally, the primary role of the National Park Service is to protect and preserve the battlefield. Excessively large numbers of students can cause damage to the resource. We recommend one adult chaperon for every 10 students.
Fill out the Fee Waiver form and return it, either by fax or mail, to Pea Ridge NMP with the required documentation at least two weeks before your desired date. Once the Fee Waiver has been received and approved by park officials, you will receive a confirmation e-mail confirming the date on your waiver. We cannot save a date for you without first having received your fee waiver.
Arrival:Upon arriving at the park, your group will go through the museum. We will no longer be showing the movie in park to school groups. If you would like a copy of the movie for your school library, we can send one to you free of charge. (One copy per school.) If you would like your students to do the museum scavenger hunt, it must be scheduled before your visit by contacting the park ranger who confirms your trip. The same applies for the ranger programs. The ranger programs offered vary so check with the ranger who schedules your group for program availability. We currently offer only TWO ranger programs. You must contact the park ranger who schedules your group if you would like a ranger program in order for the program to be scheduled. Ranger programs are dependent on the availability of staff, weather conditions and MAY BE CANCELED WITHOUT NOTICE.
Bus parking is located south of the main parking lot at the Visitor Center.
Teachers, chaperons and students should plan ahead and dress comfortably, taking into account weather conditions. Teachers should send home a note with students reminding parents to dress their children appropriately the day of the field trip. ALL programs offered are outdoors.
Groups may bring their lunch and eat only in the picnic area. Please be sure to deposit all trash in the trash cans provided or carry it out of the park. NO FOOD OR DRINKS ARE ALLOWED INSIDE THE VISITOR CENTER.
In advance of the trip, the teacher should discuss the following park rules with his/her students and chaperons:
Did You Know?
When Confederate General Van Dorn heard news that Curtis pushed Price out of Missouri, he set out to take personal charge of an attack on Curtis, along with Price and McCulloch. He arrived at Price’s headquarters in an ambulance, braving a severe illness resulting from falling into an icy stream.