America's national parks contain many cherished treasures. Among them are captivating natural sounds and awe-inspiring night skies. The joy of listening to the quiet symphony of nature and the wonderment of seeing the Milky Way stretching overhead are unique experiences that can still be found in many of our national parks.

Natural sounds and natural lightscapes are essential in keeping our national treasures whole. They are magnificent in their own right and inspirational to the visitors who come to national parks. They are vital to the protection of wilderness character, fundamental to the historical and cultural context, and critical for park wildlife.

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Natural Sounds

Natural and cultural sounds help provide a sense of place in our parks. Learn more about how NPS preserves these resources.

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Starry night sky over sandstone buttes.

Night Skies

National parks are some of the last remaining places to experience starry night skies and natural darkness.

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Two bighorn sheep butting heads on a snowy mountain side.

Sound Gallery

Listen to some of the sounds recorded in your national parks!

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People observing a starry night sky

Night Sky Artists Photo Gallery

Check out our collection of images from the 2014 night sky arts academy!

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