Educational Fee Waiver
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is an outstanding natural classroom that provides educational opportunities to many schools and institutions each year. In keeping with this commitment of encouraging educational use of the park, entrance fees are waived for educational groups that fall within the criteria listed below.
Criteria for Academic Fee Waivers:
National or international applicants must prove they are a school or bona fide academic institution by submitting one of the following types of documentation:
2) Educational Purpose of the Visit:
Applicants must provide a written statement (documentation) verifying that the visit supports a specific curriculum for which academic credit is offered.
3) Relevance of Park Resources or Facilities:
Relevance to park resources must be described. Applicants must provide a written statement identifying the park resources and/or facilities that will be used to support the educational purpose of the visit, and how they are relevant to that purpose.
How to Apply:
Mail or fax your documentation to the following address prior to the visit. Be sure to include the planned date of your visit, contact information, and return fax number:
Once the park receives and approves a request for an Academic Fee Waiver, a completed waiver form listing the name of the school and date of the visit will be faxed back to the school.
Please display your Academic Fee Waiver on the dashboard of EACH vehicle while you are in the park.
If you have questions, please call the Fee Manager at 231-326-4730.
Did You Know?
Sleeping Bear Dunes includes two large islands in Lake Michigan - North and South Manitou Islands. Take a day trip to South Manitou Island and explore the island village and lighthouse or take a motor tour of the farming district. If you go to North Manitou Island, plan to camp overnight! More...