Science and Research

Parks are living laboratories where scientists ask questions and conduct research. Scientists observe and experiment. They learn from interactions of plants and animals in their natural environment. The National Park Service preserves the places and stories of discovery and uses what we learn through science to manage our natural and cultural resources.
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Science in Parks

Read hundreds of stories about science in national parks.

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Scientific Study

Learn why scientific research is important and how you can participate.

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Request a Research Permit

Apply for Scientific Research and Collecting Permits.

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Benefits Sharing

All studies conducted in parks provide the NPS with some type of benefit.

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Citizen Science

Enjoy science? Love the national parks? Get involved in citizen science!

Last updated: August 16, 2018