The National Park Service has long recognized freedom of speech, press, religion and public assembly. However, the courts have held that certain activities associated with exercising these rights may be reasonably regulated to protect park resources and the public's legitimate use of the park's resources.
First Amendment activities require a special use permit in advance of the activity and the park may regulate the time, place and manner of the activity in accordance with court and public law guidelines. Specific examples of first amendment activities requiring a special use permit include:
- Distribution of printed matter
- Political speeches
- Religious services
- Public assemblies
- Collecting signatures for petitions