Research in the Park
Hot Springs National Park (HOSP) has a rich tradition of collaborating with partners to conduct scientific research in the park. If you are interested in conducting research in HOSP please visit the Integrated Resource Management Applications (IRMA) website and the NPS Research Permit and Reporting System website to understand what prior research has been completed to date. These websites contain Investigators Annual Reports (IAR), publications, reports, and spatial datasets for HOSP that can help researchers determine research needs, prepare their permit applications, and understand reporting requirements. IAR’s are mandatory year-end reports required from all Principal Investigators (PI's) who engage in science and resource management activities in the park.
Natural, social, and cultural research projects also need to inform management decisions.
How to Apply
Applications for a Research and Collection Permit are coordinated through the NPS Research Permit and Reporting System. This is done by creating an investigator’s profile, then “Submit applications for research permits” and following the subsequent instructions.
Learn about safety precautions, dangerous wildlife, and hazardous conditions in the Park.
Material Transfer Responsibilities
Learn more about requesting and sending museum and collected specimens.
Learn what to do before you begin collecting and once you are finished.
Last updated: October 2, 2020