Nature & Science
Katmai was declared a national monument in 1918 to preserve the living laboratory of the cataclysmic Novarupta-Katmai eruption, particularly the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes. Since then, Katmai has become significant for more than volcanoes. Read more about Nature and Science in Katmai by exploring the links below.
Animals: 42 species of mammals, hundreds of species of birds, and many more invertebrates make Katmai home.
Environmental Factors: Katmai is a place where geology, climate, and life conspire to create a dynamic landscape.
Plants: Over 700 species of plants have been documented in Katmai.
Research: Learn more about conducting research and obtaining a research permit.
Southwest Alaska Network (SWAN): The SWAN program is one of 32 National Park Service inventory and monitoring networks across the country established to facilitate collaboration, information sharing, and economies of scale in natural resource monitoring.
Did You Know?
Salmon, especially sockeye salmon, drive Katmai's ecosystem. Almost every living thing here is connected to the salmon including mammals, fish, insects, birds, and vegetation. Salmon are the keystone species of this ecosystem.