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: Haleakalā National Park

How is climate change threatening the forest sounds of Maui? Watch the newest video in our Drawing Connections series to find out.

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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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Managed Relocation

When should humans step in and help a species threatened by climate change move to a more suitable habitat?

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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

Last updated: August 13, 2021


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