In the Heartland of America, National Parks tell the story of our nation’s heritage. From civil war battlefields, to sites commemorating presidents and scientist, to sacred grounds of the First Americans. The animals and plants, streams, woodlands and prairies of these National Parks are an important piece of that story.
The Heartland Network takes inventory of the species and natural features in its parks, and then monitors them over time to see how they're doing. The National Park Service and its partners use science and education to understand and preserve the Heartland's unique resources and special places.
This network is one of 32 Inventory & Monitoring networks across the country. All are working to provide park managers, researchers, and park visitors with reliable scientific information about key park resources. Learn more about Inventory & Monitoring in our parks.