What is an Educational Fee Waiver?
National Park Service policy permits entrance fees to be waived for national and international academic institutions visiting parks for non-commercial educational purposes. However, Educational Fee Waivers are not issued automatically. Educational groups must apply and meet the criteria to receive a fee waiver. Only groups of students 16 years of age or older visiting Saguaro National Park require an Educational Fee Waiver.
Qualifying for an Educational Fee Waiver
There are three criteria an academic institution must meet in order to qualify for an Educational Fee Waiver—eligibility, educational purpose, and relevance of park resources or facilities.
Criteria #1: Eligibility
Applicants must prove they are an academic institution by submitting one of the following types of documentation.
Criteria #2: Educational Purpose
Applicants must provide a written statement verifying that the visit supports a specific curriculum for which academic credit is offered. This requirement can be met by submitting the course number and description and/or a copy of the catalog description for college courses or an outline of student work required for grades K-12.
Criteria #3: Relevance of Park Resources or Facilities
Applicants must provide a written statement describing how specific park resources and facilities are relevant to the educational purpose of the visit. Course outlines, lesson plans, or a copy of the curriculum meet this requirement.
Submitting an Educational Fee Waiver
You may submit your completed application and required supporting documentation by
Saguaro National Park
Last updated: April 22, 2023