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.

Sloth track with scale

New Ice Age Tracks Found

How Scientists Study the White Sands National Monument Fossil Tracks

Water sampling in Soda Butte Creek downstream of the McLaren Mill and Tailings

New Issue of Park Science Journal

The Winter 2017-2018 issue of the Park Science Journal is now available online

The Milky Way illumines an opalescent night sky over dramatic rock formations

Signs of Spring in the Night Sky

Constellations that were visible in winter give way to different celestial features in the spring. Find constellations with these tips.

A ranger in a flat hat sits with children

Calling All Junior Explorers!

Dive underwater, dig for fossils, or look up at the stars. Let us help you explore nature. There's so much to learn!

Last updated: April 26, 2018