Application for Professional Photography Permit
Delaware Highlands Conservancy owns and manages the Van Scott Nature Reserve to protect and improve natural resources, provide a venue for educational programming, and welcome visitors to enjoy nature and to appreciate the importance of land conservation and responsible stewardship.
The Conservancy has developed a Photography Policy to protect natural resources and to ensure a safe and rewarding experience for all users. The purpose of the Photography Policy is to outline the conditions that photographers must follow in order to have access to the Van Scott Nature Reserve and other land owned by the Conservancy. This policy will apply to photographers who are commissioned to take photographs by a client for a fee. This may be portrait photography, stock photography, commercial photography, or any type of photography where a fee is exchanged for a photo service. Photographers who take photos for personal use, charging no fee to a client, are welcome to take photographs on the Reserve at no cost. All applicable rules nevertheless apply.
Professional photographers will be required to obtain a permit from the Conservancy. The permit will be valid for one (1) date. Individual permits must be obtained for each date a photographer wishes to use the Reserve. Applications for a permit must be submitted electronically. Conservancy staff will review the permit to ensure that it does not interfere with any scheduled events. Should the application be accepted, a fee of $100 will be required to be submitted before the permit will be issued. Photography is limited to still photography. Filming or the use of drones on the Reserve is prohibited except where special permission is granted.
Please submit permit applications at least 30 days prior to your desired date.