Permits and Reservations

Reservations

Groups must submit a request form at least two weeks prior to their desired tour/program date(s). If a request is received with less than two weeks notice, efforts will be made to accomodate the request with no guarentees. Reservation request forms will be checked once a week, and a ranger will reach out to you with calendar availability.

Please note: Submission of the request form does not mean that you have scheduled a tour/program. Your tour/program has not been scheduled until you have received correspondence from a Paterson Great Falls Ranger, and until you have responded with a confirmation of your own. Upon receiving an offer from the park, your group will tentatively be placed on the park calendar to reserve your tour/program time. If we do not receive a confirmation from the group contact within one week, we will assume that the group cannot make the offered tour time, and remove the group from the calendar so we can make that time slot available for another group.

Please note: The park can currently accommodate reservation requests for offsite presentations within 25 miles and 45 minutes driving distance of the park in addition to onsite park tours.

 

Tour Reservations

As staffing permits, groups may be able to schedule a tour with park staff or volunteers. Please note that these tours will still be open to the public to join. To learn more about our tours, please visit our Park Tours and Special Programs page.

If you would like to request a reservation for a tour of the park, please fill out our Reservation Request Form.

Groups may also schedule events/tours at the Paterson Museum by calling 973-321-1260 Monday-Sunday.

 

Classroom Program Reservations

Paterson Great Falls currently offers three new in-classroom programs. If you would like to learn more about our offerings, please visit our Classroom Programs page.

If you would like to request a visit from a park staff member to your classroom, please fill out our Skip the Trip: Rangers in Classrooms Reservation Form.

 

Offsite Presentation Reservations

If you would like a Paterson Great Falls staff member to visit your organization (library, senior center, scout troop, etc.), and you are not a school teacher, please fill out our Reservation Request Form. If you are a school teacher interested in having a staff member visit your classroom, please see our Classroom Program Reservations section.

 

Permits

A special use permit is required for any activity that provides a benefit to an individual, group, or organization rather than the park or the public at large. These activities can include special events, *first amendment activities, and commercial filming and photography.

Some venues require permits and oversight by the National Park Service. Other venues will require a permit from the City of Paterson's Department of Economic Development/Division of Cultural Community Affairs.

Call 973-523-0370 for inquiries, or e-mail us at PAGRpermits for permit related information and applications.

*First Amendment Activities

We encourage citizens to exercise rights guaranteed by the Constitution. However, the courts have recognized that activities associated with the exercise of these rights may be reasonably regulated to protect the public and park resources. Therefore, such First Amendment activities involving over 25 participants require special use permits and National Park Service staff may regulate the time, place, and manner in which they are conducted. Some examples are:

  • distribution and/or sale of printed matter
  • religious services
  • public demonstrations or assemblies, etc.
  • collecting signatures for petitions
The National Park Service's first amendment site is located in the parking lot of the park's Welcome Center at 65 McBride Avenue, Paterson, NJ. The specific location is the front portion of the parking lot, adjacent to the sidewalk. See an image of the location.

Last updated: November 6, 2018

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72 McBride Avenue
Paterson, NJ 07501

Phone:

(973) 523-2210

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