What We Do

Collage of six images of individuals and groups engaged in scientific research and outreach.

NPS Photos

Given their dual role, the RLCs are inextricably connected to the NPS mission. Their work supports the core functions and current initiatives of the agency. Some recent examples include:

  • Collaborating with local researchers to study the genetic diversity of a rare agave species so that conservation is informed by the best available science (Southern California RLC)

  • Reviewing and approving research and collection permits in Great Smoky Mountains National Park–more than any other unit in the NPS (Appalachian Highlands SLC)

  • Promoting park-based education by developing and conducting an annual science teacher workshop in collaboration with a long-term partner (Ocean Alaska SLC)

  • Supporting youth programs by funding Scientist-in-Parks internships for parks in the National Capital Area that need geographic analyses of resources and visitor impacts (Urban Ecology RLA)

  • Providing science education programs for special-needs students and helping national parks become more accessible to everyone (Desert RLC)

  • Collaborating with NPS inventory & monitoring networks to assess the current status of forests in 40 national park units in eastern U.S., based on 12 years of data from over 1,400 marked plots (Schoodic ERC)

RLC Happenings: See below for a variety of stories, reports, briefs, and other samples of RLC activities.

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    Last updated: April 7, 2022