SFNRC Research Permits

It is the policy of the National Park Service to support and encourage natural science and social science studies, provided that these studies enhance understanding of a park's natural, cultural, and social resources, processes, and values, or serve to assess how use of the park impacts it's ecosystem.

Scientific research and collecting permits are required by all individuals seeking to conduct scientific studies in Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks. Although studies conducted by outside investigators are not required to focus on specific NPS issues, all studies must be consistent with NPS statutes, policies, and environmental laws that govern research on NPS lands.

Research permit applications and proposals go through a review process in order to ensure that all proposed research studies for Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks comply with NPS statutes and policies, that park resources and values are not impaired, and that park visitors are not unduly impacted by proposed activities.

Researchers working under permits in the park(s) are expected to follow the SFNRC Research Data Reporting Requirements (RDRR) and be cognizant of their obligation to submit their final deliverables.

Did You Know?