Educational Fee Waivers


To obtain an Academic Fee Waiver, please be sure to provide the necessary documentation to the park at least 3 weeks in advance of your visit. View a sample letter to help make sure you include all the required information.

Criteria for Academic Fee Waivers:

1) Eligibility

National or international applicants must prove they are a school or bona fide academic institution by submitting one of the following types of documentation:

  1. A statement confirming educational or scientific tax exemption from the IRS or the applicant's national, state, or local tax authority; or
  2. A statement, 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
  3. A statement of accreditation or recognition as an educational institution from a legitimate international, national, regional, state, or local authority for the applicant's location.

2) Educational Purpose of the Visit

Applicants must provide a written statement (documentation) verifying that the visit supports a specific curriculum for which academic credit is awarded.

3) Relevance of Park Resources or Facilities

Applicants must provide a written statement identifying the park resources and/or facilities that will be used to support the educational purpose of the visit, and how they are relevant to that purpose.

How to Apply:

Mail, fax, or email the following documentation at least 3 weeks prior to your visit:

  1. Proof your group is from a bona fide educational institution (See Eligibility above for examples of documents proving this requirement.)
  2. A letter, on school letterhead, with the following information:
    • Contact information of group leader and school
    • Cell phone number where you can be reached on the day of educational visit
    • Number of students and chaperons
    • Number and type of vehicle(s)
    • Date(s) of visit
    • Educational purpose of the visit
    • Relevance of park resources or facilities to the educational component of your visit

See a sample letter for guidance.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park
Attn: Fee Program Manager
PO Box 7
Medora, ND 58645

Fax: 701-623-4840

Additional Information

  • Groups arriving without an approved fee waiver will be charged an entrance fee.
  • Commercial enterprises are not eligible for fee waivers, but school groups using a commercial vehicle for transportation only may apply for a waiver.
  • Generally, service, civic, and fraternal organizations (Scouting, Rotary, Elks, etc.) do not qualify for an Academic Fee Waiver.

For further assistance contact the Fee Management Office at 701-623-4730 ext 1426.

Last updated: March 22, 2019

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Medora, ND 58645


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