Academic Fee Waivers

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Academic Fee Waiver Information

Academic fee waivers are granted to educational institutions whose curriculum relates specifically to the resources at Lava Beds National Monument. These waivers only impact the park entrance fee. Camping fees for overnight stays will still be charged.

Completed applications along with required documentation may be submitted via e-mail or mail.

Email (Preferred) :

Lava Beds National Monument
P.O. Box 1240
Attn: Barbara Rissman
Tulelake CA, 96134

Applications are requested four weeks prior to your anticipated trip.


Additional Information

National Park Service regulations allow school groups and other approved national and international academic institutions to obtain a waiver of park entrance fees, provided the visit is for educational or scientific purposes, and the resources or facilities that the group intends to use support those purposes. Academic fee waivers are not granted automatically. Applicant groups must demonstrate that they qualify for the waiver. There are three requirements (listed below) that the group must meet to qualify for an academic fee waiver: eligibility, educational purpose, and relevancy of park resources or facilities.

Requirement #1 - Educational Purpose
Applicants must prove they are an academic or scientific institution by presenting one of the following types of documentation:

  • A statement confirming educational or scientific tax exemption from the IRS or the applicant's national, state, or local tax authority; or
  • A statement from an academic institution that meets one of these eligibility standards confirming that the group is visiting for the purpose of providing transferable academic credit based on a curriculum; or,
  • A statement confirming accreditation or recognition as an educational institution from a qualified national, regional, state, or local authority.

Requirement #2 - Educational Purpose and Relevance of Park Resources
Applicants must provide a written statement confirming that the visit supports a specific curriculum for which academic credit is offered and identifying the park resources and/or facilities that will be used to support the educational purpose of that visit. If the group is on a commercial tour, the applicant must state how the tour supports the curriculum.

Requirement #3 - Trip Itinerary
Applicants must provide an itinerary of sites they intend to visit and anticipated arrival times. This itinerary can be adjusted with the assistance of park rangers over time, and is necessary to provide trip advice and ensure coordination with any other groups or events occuring on the same day.

Last updated: December 13, 2023

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Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 1240
Tulelake, CA 96134


530 667-8113

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