For Teachers

A Park Ranger speaks with a school group
A park ranger speaks with a group of students

NPS Photo/ C. Reid

Parks as Classrooms

Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Historical Park, which preserves significant cultural and historical resources, welcomes school groups to visit and take advantage of the many opportunities to learn about our nation's history.

Field trips, which enhance classroom learning and broaden students' experiences, are available throughout the school year. For more information about coordinating a field trip, please read below.

Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Historical Park is comprised of two main sites: Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor and Fort Moultrie on Sullivan's Island.

All student groups are required to have a minimum of one adult for every ten children. Students must stay with their designated adult at all times. Adults are responsible for their group's conduct.

Safety Information:

Do not climb on cannons, bricks and windowsills.
Leave all plants, rocks, shells and historic objects within park boundaries.
Do not run, watch your step. Most surfaces within the forts are uneven.
Do not cross safety barriers and chains.
Smoking is not permitted within park boundaries.
Please be respectful of other visitors and refrain from yelling and other boisterous behavior. All students should remain with their adult chaperones at all times.

In an emergency, call 911 and contact a ranger. First aid and AEDs are located at both Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie.

A park ranger leads a group of student through Fort Sumter
A park ranger leads a group of students through Fort Sumter

NPS Photo/ C. Reid

Fort Sumter

Fort Sumter sits in the middle of Charleston Harbor and is only accessible by boat. Tickets for Fort Sumter are required for ALL groups and must be purchased through our authorized concessioner Fort Sumter Tours.

Fort Moultrie

Fort Moultrie is located on Sullivan's Island and is an ideal location for many field trips. Group reservations are limited to 2 buses and 110 people per day. An entrance fee is required for Fort Moultrie.

All groups of 20 or more visiting Fort Moultrie MUST complete the group reservation form. Please follow the instructions below to complete this form.


Fort Moultrie Group Reservation Form

All groups of 20 or more visiting Fort Moultrie MUST complete the group reservation form. Please follow the instructions below to complete this form. Limited bus parking and facility space at Fort Moultrie means the park must manage the number and size of groups visiting at the same time. This helps the park ensure an enjoyable and safe experience for all and protected park resources. Group reservations must be submitted to the park at least 14 days prior to your visit.

Fort Moultrie has a site fee of $10 per adult (anyone 16 and older). Academic groups can apply for a fee waiver to waive this site fee. Academic fee waivers are not guaranteed. A waiver application must be submitted for review. An academic fee waiver covers the expense of students who are 16 years and older, and one teacher/chaperone per ten students. Additional teacher/chaperones are charged according to the site’s fee schedule. Students 15 years and younger are always free.

Academic fee waiver requests must be submitted to the park at least 30 days in advance of the planned visit date to give the park sufficient time for processing.

The form contains sections for both group reservations and the academic fee waivers. For groups that are NOT applying for an academic fee waiver, please select (No, I do not need a fee waiver) under the academic fee waiver section.

For any required question that does not pertain to your group, you may simply enter N/A.

NPS Form 10-1750 (Rev. 04/2021)
National Park Service

OMB Control No. 1024-0228
Expiration Date 11/31/2025


A park representative will follow-up to confirm group details once this request has been received and reviewed.

NPS Form 10-1750 (Rev. 04/2021)
National Park Service

OMB Control No. 1024-0228
Expiration Date 11/31/2025


Privacy Act Statement

Authority: Public Law 114-289 National Park Service Centennial Act and 54 U.S.C. 100701 Protection, interpretation, and research in System.

Purpose: To administer education programs for education audiences including but not limited to school groups, scouting groups, extracurricular groups, and home school groups.

Routine Uses: To effectively manage requests for education received by the NPS, the Education Reservation Request Form is used to collect basic education reservation information to facilitate operational aspects of scheduling groups for park education programs, including in-park education programs, ranger in classroom programs, and/or online distance learning programs.

Disclosure: Voluntary, however, failure to provide the requested information may impede the ability to grant your education reservation request.

Paperwork Reduction Act Statement

We are collecting this information subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501) to provide park managers and educators the information needed to schedule and conduct education program activities. All applicable parts of the form must be completed in order for your request to be considered. You are not required to respond to this or any other Federal agency-sponsored information collection unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. OMB has approved this collection of information and assigned control number 1024-0288.

Estimated Burden Statement

Public reporting for this collection of information is estimated to average 5 minutes per response, including the time for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the collection of information. Send comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including suggestions for reducing this burden, to the Information Collection Clearance Officer, National Park Service, 1201 Oakridge Drive, Fort Collins, CO 80525. Do not send your completed form to this address.

Last updated: May 15, 2024

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Sullivan's Island, SC 29482


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