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Cultural landscapes reveal our relationship with place and strengthen our understanding of historic events, significant people, and patterns in American history. This is your guide to cultural landscapes in the National Park System.

Cars move around a traffic circle and bridge over a river, toward a city with trees and monuments
Find a Cultural Landscape

Cultural landscapes help preserve complex stories of conflict, commerce, civil rights, construction, conservation, and more.

A view through two rows of fruit trees in a sunny orchard toward a white house.
Cultural Landscape Basics

Looking for a Cultural Landscapes 101? Start here.

A team of NPS staff stands along a wooden fence on a winter farm landscape.
Reference Library

In search of cultural landscape documentation or preservation guidance? Start here.

White flowers cover the branches of rows of apple trees, in front of steep, snow-covered mountains.
Orchards in National Parks

A guide to historic orchards and fruit trees in national parks.

Cover of The Stone Cottage Historic Structure Report, Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site
Explore the Report Collection

Travel behind the scenes and through the years with NPS preservation documents.

Hedgerow of leafy osage orage trees alongside a grassy field
Plant Stories

A spotlight on notable vegetation features in cultural landscapes and their unique preservation maintenance needs.

Last updated: May 1, 2024