Obtaining a Scientific Research Permit
With its well-documented history of glaciation, processes of biological succession, intact ecosystems, pure waters and air, Glacier Bay is a world-renowned locality to conduct research.
A Scientific Research and Collecting Permit is required to conduct research or collect specimens on all National Park Service Lands. Researchers are encouraged to contact the Glacier Bay Research Coordinator early in the planning process to discuss proposed work and streamline the permitting process.
Glacier Bay National Park Research Coordinator:
To aid in the preparation of a successful application, researchers should first review the following documents:
If any of the above documents suggest that your research may require exceptions or special conditions, please ensure that you communicate those needs with the Research Coordinator.
Research Permit Application Process
Did You Know?
John Muir, beloved naturalist and father of Yosemite National Park, came to Glacier Bay in 1879 to find direct evidence of the presence of glaciers. He believed that Yosemite had been carved by glacier and was able to validate his hypothesis with what he saw in Glacier Bay.