• Ice crystals form on ground vegetation


    National Preserve Alaska


Natures Research Laboratory

As a famous member of the International Biosphere Reserve program, Noatak National Preserve is an outdoor lab for research on arctic ecology and archeology. At 6.7 million acres, the national preserve protects 280 miles of the Noatak River, plus the flanking Brooks Range and Baird Mountains. Nearly 90% of the land is designated wilderness, which limits development and supports a healthy ecosystem.

Did You Know?

Grizzly bear meandering along the shoreline of the Noatak River during fall colors.

The Noatak basin is internationally recognized as a Biosphere Reserve. Under this United Nations scientific program, the area’s ecological and genetic components provide baseline data for measuring changes in ecosystems worldwide.