Giving Voice to Science

Park Science is the flagship science journal of the National Park Service. It covers research and stewardship related to the national parks. These aren’t just great stories. They show us new ways to protect or restore resources. They help us create useful educational tools. They inspire us to appreciate our natural environment and cherish our history. Discover the advances in science and technology that help us preserve, understand, and enjoy our public lands.

The Charm of Connected Conservation

Fisher being released from wooden crate into snow-covered forest with people watching. NPS/K. Bacher

Video: Moving Fishers Across the Border

Cascade fishers in WA were trapped to extinction for their fur. See how key conservation connections returned them to their U.S. home.

Citizen scientists studying dragonfly larvae in Rocky Mountain National Park. NPS/J. Peters

Video: Dragonfly Mercury Project

Mercury can be deadly to humans and wildlife. Citizen scientists sample insects to help us learn how widespread it is in our environment.

Giant coral head among other corals in American Samoa, with diver in background. NPS/Brett Seymour

Webinar: Midway Down the Reef

Deeper parts of the huge Samoan reef are hard and risky to study. A scientist and diver finds the promise for coral survival worth the risk.

Milky Way at the Needles Canyonlands National Park. NPS/Emily Ogden.

Explore Dark Skies with Park Science

Dark night skies are increasingly rare on Planet Earth, yet crucial to life. Explore dark skies with Park Science journal to find out why.

Park visitor enjoys view of moon through telescope at Rocky Mountain National Park

Show off Your Epic 2020 Night-Sky Photos

Show your NEOWISE or Conjunction photo on the Park Science journal website! Enter the Celestial Wonders photo contest. Deadline: 7/30/2021.

Sea cave entrance, Santa Cruz island, Channel Islands National Park. NPS/Hidekatsu Kajitani

Explore Caves & Karst with Park Science

Underground. Undersea. Under ice. Source of drinking water. Home to odd creatures. Explore cave science and stewardship with Park Science.

A flowering shrub grows in a lava field

Read the Latest Issue of Park Science

Charismatic ants. At-risk peas. Healing a stream. Climate impacts on Hawai`i's SEAs. Science's influence on park management since 1916.

Uniformed woman holds a black, orange, and white bird with wing spread out. NPS/Jacob W. Frank

Video: Dear Future Girl Conservationist

The world needs science, and science needs women and girls. Discover a community of women who overcame obstacles for careers in science.

Denali's Muldrow Glacier on March 17, 2021. NPS photo.

News: Muldrow Surging after 64 Years

Denali's Muldrow Glacier is finally surging after decades, moving up to 100 times faster than normal. Scientists are trying to catch up.

Setnetters in the East Alsek River. Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. NPS/J. Capra

News: Alsek Mouth Could Shift 20 Miles

New research shows a warming climate could cause Glacier Bay’s Alsek River mouth to shift 20 miles. Impacts on Dry Bay fishery are unclear.

Bryde's-like whale in Everglades. NPS photo.

News: The Bryde's Whale that Wasn't

It isn’t every day you get to witness an event that leads to the recognition of a new species. Visitors to Everglades National Park did.

Snottites. Photo by Norm Thompson.

News: Like Rotten Eggs and Snot

New National Natural Landmark Sulphur Cave and Spring is an odiferous hole full of bacterial snottites. That's just fine by the residents.

Two black oystercatchers on rocky beach with chick in the Kenai Fjords intertidal. NPS/ Kent Miller

News: Marine Heatwave Effects Continue

The recent Pacific marine heatwave was the largest on record. Fish populations collapsed. Birds starved. Its effects are still being felt.

Archeologists excavate a pit at Werowocomoco. Credit: Werowocomoco Research Group

News: Werowocomoco Site AOA Completed

Archeologists finished assessing Werowocomoco in 2020. This was the site of the first meetings between Native leaders and English settlers.

Researchers collecting peat soil cores. Credit: Misha Kanevskiy, University of Alaska, Fairbanks

News: Peatlands Could Be Carbon Source

Human impacts on tropical peatlands could release 100 billion tons of carbon to the atmosphere by 2100. This could further warm the climate.

Seasonal Ice Formations in a lava tube. El Malpais National Monument. Nick Guarino

News: How They Beat the Drought

Researchers found evidence in New Mexico lava tubes of how ancestral Puebloans survived devastating drought. They melted cave ice.

Caribou in winter in Denali National Park. NPS/Kent Miller

News: Getting (Lots of) Data Is Huge

150 scientists and 200 studies can produce a lot of data. That much could help us better understand how artic species adapt to change.

Artist rendering of Kataigidodon venetus eating a small insect. Drawing by Hannah Kligman.

News: New Early Mammal Relative Found

A park scientist led a study that described 220-million-year-old fossil jaws. They belonged to a hamster-sized early mammal relative.

Last updated: April 13, 2021