Social Science Branch

The Environmental Quality Division’s Social Science Branch carries out a variety of roles for the National Park Service, including:

  • Providing leadership and direction to NPS social science activities.

  • Coordinating social science activities with other NPS programs.

  • Acting as liaison with the United States Geological Survey Biological Resources Discipline and other federal agencies on social science activities.

  • Providing technical support to parks, regions, and program offices.

  • Supporting a program of applied social science research related to the NPS's national research need.

Please visit the social science Explore Nature site for more information.

George Washington Memorial Parkway

Policy & Guidance

A look at what guides NPS Social Science

Hiker above timberline in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

NPS Parks & Program Assistance

Need some help identifying, prioritizing or acquiring social science information?

A survey is being administered along a trail in Yosemite.

Information Collections

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Last updated: June 13, 2017