Cultural Resource Research


National parks support a wide variety of research by both park scientists and scientists from outside institutions. In Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway, scientists conduct research that includes the ecology of specific plants and animals, ecosystem level interactions, climate change, geology, hydrology, glaciology, fire effects, visitor experience, and cultural resources. Park managers depend on the latest scientific information to help guide decisions about park management.


Cultural Research Reports
Numerous research projects are done using the natural and cultural laboratory of Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway. Researchers are required to obtain a permit and report the results of their investigations to the park annually. It may take several years to complete the study. Some of the recently completed natural resource studies can be found here. Some of the recently completed cultural resource studies are listed below:

4 Lazy F Historic Structure Report, 2008.

AMK Ranch Preservation Treatment Guide, 2012.

Bar BC Dude Ranch Conservation Management Plan, 2011.

Bar BC Dude Ranch Cultural Landscape Inventory, 2007.

Bar BC Dude Ranch Cultural Landscape Treatment Recommendations (Draft), 2015.

Beaver Creek Administrative Area Cultural Landscape Inventory, 2011.

Beaver Creek No. 10 Historic Structure Report, 2009.

Jackson Lake Lodge Cultural Landscape Inventory, 2007.

Jackson Lake Lodge Historic Structure Report: Part 1 Developmental History: Section 2, 2015.

Maud Noble Cabin Historic Furnishings Plan, 2011

Menor's Ferry Cultural Landscape Inventory, 2011.

Mormon Row Cultural Landscape Inventory, 2006.

Murie Ranch Historic District Conservation Guide, 2007.

Murie Ranch Historic District Cultural Landscape Inventory, 2010.

Murie Ranch Historic Furnishings Report, 2013.

Sky Ranch Cultural Landscape Inventory, 2011.

Snake River Land Company Historic Structure Report, 2007.

T.A. Moulton Barn Preservation Plan, 2014.

White Grass Ranch Cultural Landscape Inventory, 2010.

White Grass Ranch Cultural Landscape Inventory & Historic Structures Report, 2008.

Search for Investigator Annual Reports of other research topics at the National Park Service Research Permit and Reporting System.


Vital Signs Report
Each year, national park resource staff work to manage and protect the prehistoric and historic cultural resources of the park and parkway through short-term or long-term inventory, monitoring, preservation, and research projects. The projects are summarized and compiled in the Natural and Cultural Resources Vital Signs report.


Prospective Researchers
Researchers from near and far submit proposals to conduct studies in the park. These projects are reviewed for their suitability to a national park. Apply to conduct research through the National Park Service Research Permit and Reporting System.

Boyd Evison Graduate Research Fellowship

This graduate research fellowship honors Boyd Evison, one of the National Park Service's greatest leaders in support of expanding scientific knowledge to help shape management decisions and maintain uncompromised native resources. The Evison Fellowship encourages scientific and conservation-related research in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, providing up to $10,000 in support for work leading to completion of a master's or PhD degree in the biosciences, geosciences, or social sciences. Learn more about the Evison Fellowship, past projects, and how to apply here.

Last updated: May 9, 2022

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