Three people sit in kayaks on the shore at Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve
This photo, taken at Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve, Florida, is one of the fifty winning photos from a partnership photo contest.

The Natural Resource Stewardship & Science (NRSS) partnership program creates new relationships and sustains ongoing partnerships that increase the level of care given to preserve our natural heritage in national parks.

Why Partnerships?

The NRSS relies on partners to help carry out the important natural resource work that healthy parks depend on. We could not accomplish many of our most-needed programs and projects without the support of our many friends.

"The National Park Service recognizes that its most effective results come from engaging and collaborating with others, expanding awareness and understanding, discovering mutual goals, attracting resources and support, and building relationships, trust, and commitment to participation in collective efforts that extend the reach of all." —Making Friends Handbook, National Park Service


Our Partners

National Geographic: Our relationship with National Geographic goes back to the inception of the National Park Service.

  • BioBlitz: To celebrate the National Park Service centennial, the National Park Service, in partnership with National Geographic, is planning a 24-hour event called BioBlitz. Scientists, volunteers, and community members join forces to find, identify, and learn about as many local plant and animal species as possible. Recent BioBlitz events have been done in Rocky Mountain National Park, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. You are invited to be part of the celebration as parks across the country host BioBlitzes, many occurring simultaneously during the week of May 16-22, 2016.
Nature Fund for National Parks: In 2014 the National Park Service, Natural Resource Stewardship and Science Directorate signed a partnership agreement with the Nature Fund for National Parks. The Nature Fund is one of the newest friends groups for the national parks. The mission of the friends group is to support vital science, research, and stewardship projects and programs that help to ensure that the natural resources of the National Park System remain unimpaired for future generations. To learn more and volunteer, visit the Nature Fund for National Parks website.

Our Partners: NRSS also partners with many local, state, and federal agencies helping to facilitate on-going dialogue and cooperation. These partners include U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Environmental Protection Agency, and U.S Geologic Survey.

Partnerships in Parks

If you would like to become a partner with the NRSS partnership program to support natural resource science and stewardship, please contact us using the information below.

Linda Drees
Deputy Division Chief
Education, Partnership and Administration
Biological Resources Division