Science in Your National Parks

National parks contain many of our nation's most treasured landscapes, from the majestic mountain ranges of Alaska to the vast prairies of the Everglades. Learn about the natural resources in parks, from the rocks under our feet to the sky overhead and everything in between. Discover the issues that affect our parks and how we join with neighbors and partners to address them. Meet the people who protect our parks and learn how you can help preserve these treasures for generations to come.

A person sits in a field of flowers

Explore biodiversity in parks

What kinds of plant and animal species have you seen in parks? Keep track and see what others have spotted.

A boy pulls a handful of mud up from the river

Get muddy!

How can 8th graders help us monitor water quality in parks? Follow us to Homestead National Monument of America to find out!

Hot red lava flowing over black rock

Volcanic Landforms

Volcanic processes are constantly changing the Earth. Learn how eruptions create lands, build and destroy mountains, and alter landscapes.

Black-chinned Hummingbird

Watch wildlife this spring

Wondering where to find the best viewing spots? Or how to capture an Instagram-worthy photo? Check out these pro tips.

A gray and yellow tent is pitched in front of a mountain lake

Plan your next camping trip

There is no better way to explore the great outdoors than to pitch your tent and sleep under the stars. Find camping opportunities near you.

Last updated: May 21, 2018