Monitoring data can be an extremely important resource for park managers and planners who are looking to implement new research, education, or restoration programs, or who are hoping to measure progress towards project goals. Park staff who have a greater knowledge of park health and the factors contributing to it can also share that information and collaborate with other organizations who are working to improve unhealthy natural areas outside of park bounds. Thus, monitoring results can contribute not only to the health of national parks but also to the health of our nation as a whole.
As a volunteer, you can add your efforts to a park’s monitoring program in a variety of ways. Many parks have opportunities to help track the population numbers of significant or keystone species, while others need volunteers to locate native and exotic plants. The kinds of positions available are diverse and often flexible. Some you can even complete during recreational activities, like counting the number of fish you see while diving. To learn more about inventory and monitoring at national parks and how you can help, visit the links below.
For Further ReadingNPS Inventory and Monitoring
Tidepool Monitoring at Cabrillo National Monument
Marine Life Observation at Biscayne National Park
Great Annual Fish Count at Channel Islands National Park
Natural Resources Management at Isle Royale National Park