The policy of the National Park Service is to support and encourage natural and social science studies, provided that these studies enhance the understanding of a park's natural, cultural, and social resources, processes, and values, or serve to assess how use of the park impacts the ecosystem.
Although studies conducted by outside investigators are not required to focus on specific NPS issues, all studies must be consistent with NPS statutes, policies, and environmental laws that govern research on NPS lands.
Research permit applications and proposals go through a review process in order to ensure that all proposed research studies for Everglades and Dry Tortugas national parks comply with NPS statutes and policies, that park resources and values are not impaired, and that park visitors are not unduly impacted by the proposed activities.
Scientific research and collecting permits are required by all individuals seeking to conduct scientific studies in Everglades and Dry Tortugas national parks.
Learn how to expedite your research permit application.
Research permits are issued for up to one calendar year. Learn when and how to renew a research permit.
Learn what deliverables must be submitted and when they need to be submitted.