Science & Research

National parks are outdoor laboratories for studying ecological processes. As potentially adverse impacts of human activities on the globe have become more widely recognized, national parks have become the best indicators of ecological effects of anthropic perturbations such as air pollution and climate change. Resource specialists and researchers develop sound technical information on park resources. Our knowledge of nature in Shenandoah would be minimal if it were not for these people. The National Park Service, in turn, is positioned to actively manage those resources and to participate in broader regional conservation programs. Learn about the work that we do and become a steward of our shared resources.
People recreating on a rock outcrop overlooking a valley below.

Rock Outcrop Management

Learn how the Park studies and manages rock outcrops and the closures that are in effect to protect these fragile places for the future.

A man and woman putting a fledgling peregrine falcon in a metal box.

Peregrine Falcon Restoration

Park staff and partners are a part of regionally coordinated efforts to reintroduce the peregrine falcon to the Central Appalachians.

A park ranger working in a meadow.

Nonnative Species Management

Resource specialists take action when nonnative species are known or suspected to cause harmful damage to natural systems.

A park ranger and a volunteer standing behind a table with animal pelts on it.

Behind the Scenes

Resource management hinges on the work of many people - learn the who's who of protecting Shenandoah's resources for the future.

A woman looking through an enclosed magnifier.


Shenandoah is a living laboratory. Learn how to apply for a research permit and about funding that may be available.


Inventories, Conditions, and Trends

Shenandoah staff inventory, or record information about the presence, abundance, and distribution, certain plants and animals in the park. From these data, they can create maps and species lists. Condition and trend programs, often referred to as monitoring, track changes over time. This helps park scientists understand if species are declining, stable, or improving. Scientists also monitor air and water quality in the park.

Last updated: March 4, 2019

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Mailing Address:

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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