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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New Video: Organ Pipe Cactus NM

Organ Pipe Cactus NM contains connections to our past, but preserving them into the future requires facing the challenge of climate change

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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 scenario planning reports released

Learn more about how Big Bend and Devils Tower are using scenario planning

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Last updated: October 6, 2020


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