What it means for Catoctin Mountain ParkSince 1936, Catoctin Mountain Park has been a place for recreation and education. Climate scientists are projecting increases in temperatures and extreme storm and flooding events. Such changes threaten Catoctin Mountain Park’s natural and cultural resources, as well as the visitor experience.
Warmer temperatures mean:
Increase in extreme storms & flooding events means:
How Does This Affect Your Visit?
Visitor Center Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Are Active And FREE To Use
To help reduce the carbon footprint and curb CO2 emissions in the park, visitors are welcome to use the two electric vehicle charging stations that are located in the Visitor Center parking lot. These two charging stations, available at no cost to the visitor, are just two of an eventual five that will be acessible for public use in Catoctin Mountian Park.
Want to know more about climate change and Catoctin?
Learn more about how climate change affects natural and cultural resources, and what we can do to protect our park here and at home by exploring our other park pages below.
Brook trout are the only native trout species in the park. The Park is monitoring the brookies and their habitat, which may suffer as a result of climate change impacts. Find out more about the brook trout and climate change.
Preserving Historic Structures In the 1930’s, cabin camps were built in Catoctin to encourage people to go outdoors and enjoy nature. Visitors have enjoyed these cabins for decades, but climate change threatens these historic structures. As temperatures and humidity rise, and severe storms occur more often, the cabins are degrading. Learn more about how climate change impacts historic structures in the park.
Evolving Energy & Climate Change
Climate Friendly Parks ProgramCatoctin Mountain Park joined the Climate Friendly Parks (CFP) Program in 2013 with the goal of reducing the park’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that contribute to a changing climate. Learn more about the CFP program, what the park is doing to be climate friendly, and how you can help.
Climate Change FAQ
NPS Response to Climate Change
Effects in Other National Parks
Last updated: December 23, 2017