Watching Wildlife

A man uses binoculars to watch birds

NPS Photo / Jacob W. Frank

Have you ever seen a herd of elk move across the rocky mountains? How about newly hatched sea turtles crawl to the shore? Or the synchronous fireflies on a summer day? Find these opportunities and more on the Watching Wildlife subject site.

National parks offer a unique experience for watching wildlife. Animals in parks are wild and visitors have the amazing opportunity to view animals as they live and interact with each other in their natural homes.

But with that privilege comes responsibility. Visitors are responsible for their own safety and for the safety of the animals, too. Simply put, leave animals alone—no touching, no feeding, no harassing.

Discover smart wildlife watching tips and tricks that protect the health of the animals...and you!

Last updated: June 6, 2017