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.

Hikers in a valley near a clear blue lake

Hit the trail

Time to lace up your hiking boots! National parks offer many opportunities to hit the trail. Get ready, adventure awaits.


What should I do if I see a bear?

Seeing a bear in the wild is a special treat for any visitor to a national park. Learn about visitor and bear safety.

Marine debris litters an ocean shoreline

Ocean Plastics

Marine debris is a common pollution problem in oceans and waterways around the world. Learn abut marine debris in parks.

A tent illuminated under a starry sky

Sleep under the stars

Camping can be the gateway to discovering natural wonders. Find a campground near you and learn what camping has to offer.

Children fishing from a pier with a ranger standing by. City in the background.

Junior Ranger Let's Go Fishing!

Explore, Learn, Protect and get reeled into fishing with the new Junior Ranger Let’s Go Fishing Booklet!

Last updated: August 13, 2018