A student kneels beside a white frame and counts the plants within the frame.
Shenandoah National Park hosts about 40 research projects each year.

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Living Laboratory

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

Conducting research, collecting specimens, or doing a scientific experiment in the park requires a free permit. To find out how to apply for a research permit, visit the National Park Service Research and Reporting System (RPRS) or contact us.

Investigators much adhere to the following:

  1. National Park Service's General Conditions for Scientific Research and Collecting Permit
  2. Shenandoah National Park's Research Conditions.

Last updated: October 14, 2020

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Shenandoah National Park
3655 U.S. Highway 211 East

Luray , VA 22835


540 999-3500
Emergency Phone: 1-800-732-0911

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