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.
Giving Voice to Science
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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