A special park use is defined as a short-term activity that takes place in a park area, and that:
- provides a benefit to an individual, group, or organization rather than the public at large;
- requires written authorization and some degree of management control from the National Park Service (NPS) in order to protect park resources and the public interest;
- is not prohibited by law or regulation;
- is not initiated, sponsored, or conducted by the NPS;
- and is not managed under a concession contract, a recreation activity for which the NPS charges a fee, or a lease.
Examples of First-Amendment Activities include: a church service, political event, or Freedom of Speech act.