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.

Three young students study plants

Young Scientists in Acadia National Park

Follow along as young scientists study birds and plants in Acadia National Park

a backpacker's silhouette

Explore Nature and Science

Browse a list of topics related to nature and science in the National Park Service

Bird in focus with Golden Gate bridge in the background

Building a Foundation for Conservation

Learn about parks that contain some of the most significant examples of terrestrial Mediterranean-type ecosystems anywhere in the world.

Montezuma Castle

In Order to Care, Know What's There

Learn how park scientists collect information on plants, water, air, birds, and climate in the Sonoran Desert.

Steep tree covered oceanside cliffs

Protecting parks in the Pacific

Explore the National Park Service's only island network which spans thousands of miles in the tropics of the Pacific Ocean.

visitors hiking at Buffalo River

Protecting the Habitat of Our Heritage

Learn the stories of the animals and plants, streams, woodlands and prairies of our nation's heartland.

researcher measuring a stump

Ongoing Ecological Monitoring

Park science in the National Capital Inventory & Monitoring Network

A citizen scientist examines dragonfly larvae in a wetland field.

Research Learning Centers

RLCs are places where science and education come together. There are eighteen across the country, find one near you.