Obtaining a Scientific Research Permit

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Glacier Bay is a great place to conduct research!



Welcome Researcher!

With its well-documented history of glaciation, processes of biological succession, intact ecosystems, pure waters and air, Glacier Bay is a world-renowned locality to conduct research.

A Scientific Research and Collecting Permit is required to conduct research or collect specimens on all National Park Service Lands. Researchers are encouraged to contact the Glacier Bay Research Coordinator early in the planning process to discuss proposed work and streamline the permitting process.

Glacier Bay National Park Research Coordinator:
Tania Lewis
Email: Tania_Lewis@nps.gov


"The permitting process may take up to 90 days. Submit research applications by March 31st to secure your study. The GLBA Research Committee reviews applications on a first come first serve basis. Research applications submitted after March 31st may experience delays in application review and securing specific dates to conduct research."

To aid in the preparation of a successful application, researchers should first review the following documents:

If any of the above documents suggest that your research may require exceptions or special conditions, please ensure that you communicate those needs with the Research Coordinator.

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Research Permit Application Process
How to apply, what you should know, and how proposals are evaluated

Glacier Bay National Park has resources that may be available to support your research.
Glacier Bay National Park has resources that may be available to assist you with your research.

Requesting NPS Logistical Support
How to request for park vessel (and other) support, and transient housing.

Last updated: March 13, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve
PO Box 140

Gustavus, AK 99826


(907) 697-2230

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