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    Kobuk Valley

    National Park Alaska


The museum collection of Kobuk Valley National Park contains a range of natural history specimens and cultural artifacts representing several disciplines and specialties such as biology, paleontology, archeology, history and archives.

The vast majority of specimens and artifacts cataloged into the park collection are associated with scientific research activities. The archives are largely administrative records, reports and archeological field notes.

As of 2008, items in the collection include –

Archeological artifacts: 294
Historical items: 12
Archival items: 7,820
Biological specimens: 2,048
Paleontological specimens: 159

Total items: 10,333

View the collection catalog records online through the NPS WebCatalog.

Did You Know?

Image of a tiny wood frog with a black eye stripe is dwarfed by the palm of the person's hand on which it sits.

A frog that lives in Kobuk Valley National Park spends the winter as an ice cube. In the fall, the Wood Frog burrows under leaves on the forest floor. Its temperature drops to 20° F or lower until spring, at which point it thaws out and goes on its way.