Research

Park staff conducting a GPS training for a project in Big Meadows.
Park staff conducting a GPS training for a project in Big Meadows.

NPS Photo

 

The park serves as a living laboratory for scientists and an enduring artifact for historians. Their research informs the decisions that park managers make about how best to preserve the park and how to help visitors maximize their enjoyment of the park. To learn more about current research, browse the park's Investigators Annual Reports.


How to Apply for a Research Permit in Shenandoah National Park

Conducting research, collecting specimens, or doing a scientific experiment in the park requires a free permit. Research protocols must adhere to the National Park Service's General Conditions for Scientific Research and Collecting Permit and Shenandoah National Park's Research Conditions.

To find out more or to apply for a research permit, visit the National Park Service Research and Reporting System (RPRS). The Shenandoah National Park Trust supports a research grant of up to $15,000.

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Mailing Address:

Shenandoah National Park
3655 U.S. Highway 211 East

Luray, VA 22835

Phone:

(540) 999-3500
Use this phone number to contact us for all of your park inquiries!

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