About Park Science


Park Science is published by the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service (NPS), Natural Resource Stewardship and Science, Office of Education and Outreach, in Lakewood, Colorado. Funding is provided by the NPS Associate Director for Natural Resource Stewardship and Science.


Park Science (online: ISSN-1090-9966, print: ISSN-0735-9462) is published two to three times annually: seasonal issues usually appear in spring/summer and fall/winter, and a thematic issue that explores a topic in depth, as resources allow. Current and back issues are available from the editor; click "Archive" to request a printed copy or "Subscribe" to request a subscription.


Park Science is managed by an editor who coordinates the day-to-day affairs of the publication, including planning, peer review, writing, editing, layout and design, printing, circulation, and Web site publication. An editorial board is responsible for general guidance and, along with other subject-matter experts, technical review of article submissions. Editorial support is provided by a contractor.


The principal audience of Park Science is park managers of the U.S. National Park Service, such as resource managers, superintendents, researchers of natural and social sciences, interpreters, maintenance personnel, visitor and resource protection rangers, and other technical and nontechnical staff. The secondary audience includes academics, other federal natural resource agencies, state departments of natural resources and fish and game, city and county divisions of parks and recreation, international park service staffs, and conservation-oriented nongovernmental organizations. Park Science also plays an important role in public education about science-based park management.


Park Science reports research findings and their application to resource management and related policy of the U.S. National Park Service. Though some articles deal with technical topics, they are presented in nontechnical language and are edited for lay readers. For more information on article types and submitting an article, see "Author Guidelines" and Editorial Style Guide for Park Science.


Articles typically undergo peer and administrative reviews. Before submitting a draft to the editor, an author should seek review by a National Park Service (NPS) supervisor who is knowledgeable of the pertinent subject area(s) and NPS policy (see "Review and Acceptance" in "Author Guidelines"). (If preferred, the editor can coordinate the NPS internal review.) Articles under consideration are reviewed by the editor and other subject-matter experts as needed for clarity, completeness, usefulness, scientific and technical soundness, and relevance to NPS policy.


Contributors are primarily park managers who apply science-based natural resource management techniques, and federal and nonfederal scientists who conduct applied research on national park lands. Other contributors include park rangers, facility managers, volunteers, international park staffs, and others. The editor encourages article submissions from interested readers.

Contact the Editor

Interim Contact
Dave Anderson
Natural Resource Stewardship and Science
Office of Education and Outreach
STE 100
1201 Oakridge Drive
Fort Collins, CO 80525-6266

Phone: 970-225-3539
Fax: 970-225-3579

Street Address (for Deliveries)
c/o Dave Anderson
National Park Service
Office of Eduation and Outreach
STE 100
1201 Oakridge Drive
Fort Collins, CO 80252-6266

Last updated: March 19, 2018