Climate Change And Your National Parks

The National Park Service is responsible for many of our nation's most treasured places. Efforts to restore ecosystems, recover imperiled species, enhance visitor infrastructure, and protect night skies are all important to preserving our parks for the benefit of all visitors.

But as human activity drives rapid changes to our modern climate, we must similarly respond to the impacts it brings to our parks. Though unprecedented in size and scope, the National Park Service is rising to the challenge with a comprehensive strategy that emphasizes science, facilitates adaptation, encourages sustainable operations, and supports broad communication.

From Acadia to Zion, units across the National Park System are actively working to address the challenge of climate change.

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Planning for a Changing Climate

This new handbook helps National Park Service staff better protect parks from the impacts of climate change

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New publication: Managed Relocation

What is managed relocation, and how can it protect species at risk of extinction?

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NPS Climate Change Response Program

What is the Climate Change Response Program anyway? Learn more about this dedicated team and their work

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New video: Castillo de San Marcos

The history of the Castillo de San Marcos shows us that there's strength in numbers -- a lesson to remember as we face climate change.

Last updated: July 12, 2021

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