What We Do

The Office of Education and Outreach (OEO) applies communication expertise to convey natural resource topics, issues, and management activities to the public, NPS employees, and partners. The Natural Resource Stewardship & Science (NRSS) Priorities Framework, specifically the Science Access and Engagement pillar, is the foundation for OEO communication goals. We provide communication support for work conducted within NRSS, and in turn, our work supports the other three pillars.

NRSS communication aims to do the following:

  • Engage new audiences in science and stewardship
  • Elevate visibility of science and stewardship in the NPS
  • Increase awareness of park values and resource topics and issues
  • Provide science communication leadership in the NPS

OEO is divided into five work areas:

  1. Web and Digital Communications
    • Web: The Explore Nature portal is a primary source of information on natural resource stewardship, conservation, and education in national parks for both public and internal audiences. Explore the many natural resource subject sites we manage. Let us know if you have questions or would like to contribute content to them.
    • Social Media: Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Flickr!
    • Other digital tools: Audio, video, apps
  2. Public Affairs
    • Communication planning and implementation
    • Press Releases
  3. Interpretation & Education Collaboration
  4. Publications
  5. Communication Science
    • Developing and applying strategic communication approaches, audience analysis, message testing, and evaluation.

Last updated: June 7, 2018