Most field trips to Fort McHenry are facilitated by educators, chaperones, and parents. On this page you will find tools and resources to plan field trips for all grades and learning levels. Registering for a field trip can be done through the park's online form.
Planning a Field Trip
The first step in planning your field trip is to determine how much time you want to spend at the site. Most groups spend 2-3 hours at Fort McHenry. The majority of the site is self-guided.
Field trip organizers must ensure that there is an adequate number of adult chaperones to monitor and assist students during a field trip. The required ratio is one chaperone for every five students. Park staff may limit activities for groups without the required number of chaperones at their discretion in regard to the safety of visitors and park resources. Students must be accompanied by an adult chaperone at all times.
Fees and Academic Fee Waivers
The Star Fort Historic Zone is a fee area with an entrance fee of $15 per adult (16 and older). Groups planning on entering this area of the park should be prepared to pay this fee, or have done so online before arriving. The park grounds, visitor center, and movie are all free. For more information on the park fees, or to pay your entrance fee online visit the park's fees and passes page.
Academic Fee Waivers
School groups visiting the site as part of their class curriculum may qualify for an academic fee waiver. Groups interested in more information and applying for a fee waiver should continue to the Academic Fee Waiver page.
Scheduling a Field Trip
Once you are ready to schedule your field trip, please apply through the park's online form. When scheduling, please have the following information ready:
Last updated: June 26, 2023