Let's Explore

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.

petrified wood

3D Models of Park Fossils

Learn how the Smithsonian and NPS are working together to create 3D fossil models!

Cave explorer in large underground passage. (or, second choice) Hiker on precipice above mountain va

Celebrate Earth Science Week, Oct. 14-20

Discover the science behind park scenery and Earth systems. In your parks, you can learn from the world's most magnificent rock collection.


Watching Wildlife

Observe the world around you. What kind of wildlife will you see this fall?

dinosaur skull

Fossils, Rocks, Caves, Oh My!

Check out the Fall 2018 issue of the Park Paleontology Newsletter.

youth divers point at coral reef

Outside Science (inside parks): Guam

Take a tour of Guam's waters off War In The Pacific National Historical Park!

Last updated: October 17, 2018