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.
Fort Sumter sits in the middle of Charleston Harbor and is only accessible by boat. Tickets for Fort Sumter are required and must be purchased through our authorized concessioner Fort Sumter Tours.
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. To make a group reservation, please download the group reservation form and email a completed copy to FOSU_information@nps.gov.
Academic Fee Waivers
Academic Fee Waivers are only available to qualifying institutions for educational trips to Fort Moultrie. They are not available for trips to Fort Sumter.
Applications for waivers must be received by the park at least 30 days in advance of the field trip.
Apply for an academic fee waiver by completing the Academic Fee Waiver Application form submitting the form to email@example.com
1. National or international applicants must prove they are a bona fide academic institution by submitting one of the following types of documentation:
· Documentation of educational or scientific tax exemption from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or the applicant's national, state, or local tax authority; or
· Documentation from a bona fide academic institution meeting one of these eligibility standards, confirming that the group is visiting for the purpose of providing transferable academic credit based on a curriculum; or
· Documentation of accreditation or recognition as an educational institution from a legitimate international, national, regional, state, or local authority for the applicant's location. Suggestion of affiliation with a state or a local school system is not the same as providing proof of accreditation, and therefore will not be accepted as proof.
2. Provide a written statement (documentation) verifying that the visit supports a specific curriculum for which academic credit is offered.
3. Provide a written statement identifying the park resources and 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
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Last updated: August 20, 2023