20 Story Maps to Explore

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Mountains and clouds reflect in Upper Twin Lake from near the head of the lake. Lake Clark National Park & Preserve.


We collected 20 of our favorite story maps that explain many natural features and resources across the National Park Service. Take your time going through all of these topics - everything from avalanches and wildfire to mountain lakes and volcanoes.

  1. Denali National Park & Preserve - Explore some of the research happening in Denali, paired with striking images of plants and landscapes in the park.

  2. Mount Rainier National Park - There are many ways to discover Mount Rainier National Park - through videos, publications, and waysides. This virtual tour is always expanding. Make sure to check back for new experiences.

  1. Lake Clark National Park & Preserve - Take a look around Upper Twin Lake and learn more about trip the area by scrolling through the NPS Story Map.

  1. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore - Virtual tours and story maps highlight the park and tell our stories through photos and maps.

  1. Clear Waters – Tracking Change in Sierra Nevada Lakes - Join Sierra Nevada Network field scientists as we travel to remote areas and study lake ecosystems. The information we gather will help stewards make the best science-based decisions for our national parks.

  1. America’s National Trail System - Check out trails across the United States.

  1. Destruction and Discovery - Exploring fire’s impact on Glacier National Park’s historic landscapes.

  1. Avalanches on the Going-to-the-Sun Road - A snow-covered landscape in Glacier National Park brings a sense of quiet, stillness, and peace. But on a steep slope, under the right conditions, that seemingly benign layer can become something else.

  1. The Glacier Bay Hydroscape - A complex system of snow, glacier, and rain-dominated watersheds.

  1. Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail - Journey through a unique landscape. During their outbound expedition to the Pacific Ocean, the Corps of Discovery encountered many landscapes and geologic features they were unfamiliar with.

  1. Soundscapes of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks - A soundscape is the human perception of the acoustic environment. It's the combination of sounds you hear around you, including sounds made by animals, people, and the earth.

  1. The Night Skies of the U.S. National Park Service - Dedicated scientists study and protect night skies across the National Park Service. This story map walks you through the science of night skies. Check it out, and then go Find Your Dark.

  1. NPS Wildland Fire Timeline - The National Park Service has a rich and complex history with Wildland Fire. Many historical events created the atmosphere and policies that guide how we manage and interact with wildfire today. Join us as we explore those formative experiences

  1. The River Story Map – Created by the Friends of the Mississippi River.

  1. Petrified Forest National Park: A Place for Birds - Many people may not know that this austere, striking landscape in northern Arizona also harbors a diversity of wildlife. The most diverse of all the vertebrates in the park are birds. Please join us as we tell the story of birds in Petrified Forest—from their dinosaur ancestors, to their recognition by ancient peoples, to what we are discovering about them in the park today. Learn how we all can help birds survive in an uncertain future.

  1. Subsistence in Alaska - An Enduring Way of Life

  1. National Park Service Centennial – 100 Years of the National Park Service

  1. The Shipwrecks of Isle Royale - Though the park's founders did not have shipwreck preservation in mind when they created Isle Royale National Park, they could not have designed a better underwater museum if they tried.

  1. Glacier Bay Web Ranger Adventure - Glacier Bay is a great place to adventure and learn about the natural world, and you can explore it from home!

  1. Southeast Archeology Center - Join us at work!

Last updated: February 13, 2023