What We Do

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Wildflowers in Rocky Mountain National Park.

NPS Photo / M. Reed

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.

To meet this mission, OEO consistently works toward three main goals:

  • Engage the next generation of scientists and supporters
  • Elevate the visibility and integration of science and stewardship in the NPS
  • Increase awareness of park values and resource topics and issues The Office of Education and Outreach produces the following communication products:

Contact us to help you share your park science of natural resource story.

Web and Digital Communications

The NPS Explore Nature website 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, from Caves and Karst to Biodiversity. Let us know if you have questions or would like to contribute content to them.

OEO communicates NPS science through the planning, design, and development of digital tools such as social media platforms, audio and video products, and apps.

Park Science

Park Science is a research and resource management journal of the U.S. National Park Service. It reports the implications of recent and ongoing natural and social science and related cultural research for park planning, management, and policy. Articles translate scientific findings into usable knowledge for park planning and the development of sound management practices for natural resources and visitor enjoyment.

Interpretive Solutions

The Office of Education and Outreach, in conjunction with the National Association for Interpretation, produced Interpretive Solutions: Harnessing the Power of Interpretation to Help Resolve Critical Resource Issues. This training manual teaches readers how to use interpretive communications to improve critical resource protection issues and situations through four key steps.

Last updated: March 31, 2017