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.

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Going hiking?

Hike like a park ranger! Find where to hike and tips for hiking smart and staying safe.

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Going camping?

Learn how to camp like a park ranger. Get tips for getting ready, during your trip, and after.

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Reef-Friendly Sun Protection

Why should I use reef-friendly sun protection? Sunscreen pollution can have major impacts on corals, fish, mammals—the whole ecosystem.

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I Didn't Know That!

Protecting our parks is a job for us all, but there's no way for everyone to be an expert in everything. Learn something new!

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Recreate Responsibly

Visiting national parks? Here are 20 ideas to help you enjoy the great outdoors and recreate responsibly.

Last updated: May 19, 2022