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Fee Waivers

Environmental education fee waivers will be approved for educational groups visiting strictly for educational purposes. Groups who also intend to participate in recreational activities such as visiting the beach must pay the entrance fee. Examples of educational groups include: schools, scout groups, nonprofit organizations. All requests must be received 2 weeks prior to the arrival date.

For information or to request a ranger guided program please contact the environmental education coordinator at 757-336-6122.

For information or to request a bus tour, contact the Chincoteague Natural History Association at 757-336-3696.

Fee Waiver Request (pdf)

Commercial Activities

For commercial permits, please click on the link below to fill out an application. Please send completed application packets to:

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
PO Box 62
Chincoteague Island, VA 23336

Workshops 

A special use permit is required for all commercial operations on national wildlife refuges, including any activities for which participants pay a fee for any services rendered or goods delivered on refuge lands. This includes instructor-led educational groups. All requests must be received 2 weeks prior to the arrival date.

Commercial Filming 

Permits are required for all commercial videography, including filming of documentaries, travelogues, feature stories, and advertising. Liability insurance and bonding may be required depending on the specific production activities proposed. News gathering organizations are exempt from fee, insurance, and bonding requirements, but may require a special use permit to ensure compatibility with refuge purposes, public use, ongoing research, or to protect refuge resources. Because of this, a meeting between Refuge staff and the project leader is recommended. All requests must be received 2 weeks prior to the arrival date.

Commercial Activities Permit Request (pdf)

Research

We encourage research and studies that assist in answering management questions to enhance wildlife and their habitats on Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Research is usually conducted by universities, Federal, State, and local agencies, non-governmental agencies, and qualified members of the general public. Research is authorized via a Special Use Permit (SUP). To apply for a SUP, complete the application below. Priority will be given to studies applicable to management on or nearby the Refuge. Proposals must demonstrate that the study will not have an adverse effect on wildlife or habitat. Feel free to contact the Biology Staff to discuss whether your project helps fill an information gap, and how it can be conducted to minimize impacts.

Research Permit Request (pdf)

Wedding Permit

Couples wishing to have a wedding ceremony on the refuge must submit a request by mail, fax, or e-mail. If approved, a Special Use Permit (SUP) for the ceremony will be provided, along with any specific stipulations needed to avoid disturbance to wildlife or other priority public uses.  

  • Weddings are only allowed on the recreational beach.
  • Your ceremony cannot interfere with other public use activities. So, we recommend parking lot 1 or the last parking lot before the Over Sand Vehicle Zone.
  • Props like music, archway, and aisle runners are allowed.
  • Only shade canopies, not larger than 10 feet by 10 feet are allowed.
  • Artificial / silk flowers only for decoration.
  • The bride may use real flowers in her bouquet.
  • Ceremonial props are allowed to be in place 1 hour before the ceremony and must be removed within 1 hour after the ceremony.
  • Accommodations and seating for people with special needs (elderly, physically disabled) may be granted.
  • Any additional ceremony props will have to be approved before the wedding. We do not provide any props or assistance in setting up for weddings.
  • No receptions are allowed after wedding.
  • The wedding permit is free of charge but the refuge entrance fees for you and your guest still apply.
  • The best time to have your wedding is May – September. Our highest visitation occurs around the July 4th holiday and is not a recommended choice. The summer months are also our busiest tourist season, We strongly recommend a sunrise or sunset wedding.
  • We require 2 weeks notice to issue a permit.
  • Please note that request can only be made up to 6 months in advance.

Wedding Permit Request (pdf)

 

Your request can be mailed to:

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
PO Box 62
Chincoteague, VA 23336

Faxed to: 757-336-5273

E-mailed to: susan_fair@fws.gov 

If you have any further questions please call us at 757-336-6122
during our regular business hours Monday – Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Last Updated: Jul 08, 2014
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