2017 Accomplishments: North Coast & Cascades Research Learning Center

A group of young people in the field with collecting equipment
Youth Conservation Corps members collecting dragonfly larvae in North Cascades National Park


Promoting parks for science

  • Hosted a session, with the Klamath Network, on NW parks at Northwest Scientific Association annual conference with the Klamath Network
  • Created digital access to North Cascades & San Juan Island National Park herbariums
  • Supported Citizen Science & Education on dragon fly larvae & mercury accumulation in SAJH, LEWI, NOCA, MORA, and OLYM
Intern preparing herbarium specimens for scanning
NCC RLC intern preparing herbarium specimens for scanning


  • Installed Wi-Fi at MORA for researchers
  • Provided small grants for science & scholarship
    • Tracking Ocean Acidification at OLYM & SAJH
    • Movement of Bull Trout at MORA
    • Climate Change & Bald Eagles at NOCA
    • Fisheries Traditional Uses & River Morphology at MORA
    • Glaciers & Changing Climates at OLYM
  • NCC RLC Website will be on-line December 2017
Woman standing next to a scientific poster
Carla Cole with poster session at NW Scientific Association


Promoting science to inform resource management decisions

  • Supported an Air Resources Intern in collaboration with PWR Regional Air Resources Specialist
    • developed Resource Briefs on 5 recent PhD research projects on nitrogen deposition in MORA, NOCA, & OLYM
    • developed NCC RLC Website articles
    • led science conversations on air quality for NOCA Interp staff and North Cascades Institute graduate students and naturalists
  • Provided support to develop a long-term monitoring and maintenance plan for invasive species in the former reservoirs of Elwha River, OLYM
A couple dozen people stand at a building entrance for a photo
Science Communication training at Pack Forest


Incorporating science into park visitor and staff experiences

  • Hosted Science Communication Training attended by staff from 4 parks and I&M staff
  • Training opportunities for park staff on current topics
    • Insect curation training – NOCA
    • Nitrogen critical loads in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems
    • Mercury in park ecosystems
Two young people learning to mount butterflies
Butterfly curation workshop at North Cascades National Park


  • Created effective science communication products
    • Updating of 3 Science Learning Network videos to meet section 508 compliance for posting on RLC website
    • Developed Resource & Research briefs to on RLC website and ensured they are compliant with section 508 guidelines
  • Engagement of youth and underserved audiences in science
    • Pollinator Hotshot Team, Biodiversity Leadership Academy surveyed pollinators in NOCA, SAJH, MORA, FOVA, LEWI
    • Hosted two GeoScientists in the Parks
    • Obligated funding for FY2018 for two GeoScientists in Parks
Group of people wearing brightly colored vests, carrying butterfly nets and coolers
Pollinator Hotshots at Sunrise, Mount Rainier


More Information

Regina M. Rochefort, Ph.D

Email: regina_rochefort@nps.gov

Phone: 360-854-7202

Last updated: December 21, 2017