Historic Fort Moultrie features 171 years of seacoast defense history from the American Revolution through World War II. It is an ideal location for a variety of field trips. An entrance fee is charged to visit Fort Moultrie. Some educational or scientific institutions may be eligible for a fee waiver. Fee waiver information is listed below. Groups made up of youth (12th grade and younger) are required to have a minimum of one adult leader for every ten youth. Youths must stay with their designated adult leader at all times. Adult leaders are responsible for their group's conduct.
Protecting You and the Park
These regulations are in place for your safety and the safety and preservation of the historic site.
Academic Fee Waivers
The park commonly receives requests to waive entry fees for visiting groups. When possible, the park may issue an academic fee waiver to eligible educational or scientific institutions. The procedures for obtaining a fee waiver are outlined below. The park requires fee waiver applications two weeks in advance of the planned visit to ensure sufficient time for processing. If you need to cancel or reschedule the visit, please call the park before the group's planned arrival date so your place may be made available to others. The fee waiver allows for up to one chaperone/teacher per ten students. All additional chaperones will be charged according to the current fee schedule.
Academic Fee Waiver Eligibility
Academic fee waivers are not granted automatically. Educational groups must apply and meet the criteria to receive a fee waiver. There are three criteria to qualify for an academic fee waiver: eligibility, educational purpose, and relevance of park resources or facilities to the educational purpose.
National or international applicants must prove they are a school or bona fide academic institution by submitting one of the following types of documentation:
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.
Home Schools: Home schools may be granted fee waivers based on the course of study following the procedures above, as long as they meet your state's requirements for home schools. A copy of a home school verification record from your state department of education is required.
How to Apply for an Academic Fee WaiverApplying for an academic fee waiver is easy. Follow the instructions in the application link below. Applications must be received two weeks in advance of the planned visit. Submit all required elements of the application at the same time to ensure timely processing of the application. Applications submitted without full documentation or sufficient information may result in delayed processing or fee waiver denial.
If your application is approved you will receive an official Academic Fee Waiver from the park. The group leader must present a copy of the approved fee waiver upon checking in at the Fort Moultrie Visitor Center.
If your application is denied you will receive a letter from the park explaining why your group does not qualify.
Fort Moultrie Fee Waiver Application Form and Instructions
Mail applications to:
Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Historical Park
Attn: Academic Fee Waiver Applications
1214 Middle Street, Sullivan's Island SC 29482
or email the application to firstname.lastname@example.org. The subject line should read- Attn: Academic Fee Waiver Applications.
Notice: Permit and fee waiver applications must be received at least 14 days in advance of the requested activity. However, due to Permit/Waiver Office staff being on leave, applications received after June 30 for activity occurring between July 13 and August 22 will not be accepted. Applications received after June 30 for activity occurring after August 22 may experience processing delays.
The National Park Service is guided by the following regulations in the administration of academic fee waivers:
Last updated: July 13, 2022