Giving Voice to Science

Park Science is the flagship science magazine of the National Park Service. It covers research and stewardship related to our national parks. Discover the advances in science and technology that help us preserve, understand, and enjoy our public lands.


Protecting Our Blue Parks

Stony Coral Loss Disease Treatment at Dry Tortugas NP - NPS/Rachel Johns

How to Cure a Sick Coral

The Dry Tortugas National Park Coral Team found living corals infected with a deadly disease. A fast response was crucial for reef survival.

Sea turtle, Dry Tortugas National Park, 2015. NPS photo.

Our Blue Parks

Dive into our blue parks with Park Science. Discover videos and articles about science related to our ocean and coastal parks.

Colletes titusensis. Credit: USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab.

Pollinators in Peril?

Can you name five of the thousands of kinds of native bees (hint: the honey bee isn't one)? Will they all be here 50 years from now?

Picture of hiker's legs and boots. NPS photo.

Smarter, Stronger, Healthier, Happier

Visitors to our national parks place a high value on being outside in nature. Science shows us the benefits. They're big.

Volunteers at an archeology dig at Manzanar National Historic Site. NPS/Jeff Burton.

Digging up Life's Crucial Details

What was life like in the Manzanar WWII confinement camp? Manzanar NHS's Community Archeology Program helps us find the answer.

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

Share Your Epic 2020 Night-Sky Photos

Show off your NEOWISE or Conjunction photo on our website! Enter the Celestial Wonders Instagram photo contest. Deadline: 7/30/2021.

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.

Arizona Trails Association volunteers survey saguaros. NPS photo.

Citizen Science

Explore citizen science with Park Science. See how science volunteers work. Find videos and articles about citizen science research.

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

Dark Skies

Dark night skies are increasingly rare on Planet Earth yet crucial to life. Explore dark sky videos and articles.

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

Caves and Karst

Underground. Undersea. Under ice. Source of drinking water. Home to odd creatures. Explore cave science videos and articles.

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.

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.

Spring caribou. NPS/Kyle Joly

Global Migration Atlas Published

Park scientist Kyle Joly co-authored a first-ever hoofed-mammal migration atlas. The journal Science used it to herald a global initiative.

American shad. Robert S. Michelson.

Video Flashback: Love Flows: A Fish Tale

The Delaware River is the last undammed major river on the Atlantic Coast. It’s May, and Shad are swimming up it. See why this matters.

Cover of PACC report. NPS photo

Preparing Parks for Climate Change

A new guide advises park managers to adopt forward-looking goals and flexible strategies to deal with climate change. It also shows how.

Pleistocene open woodland scene from Grand Canyon. Painting by artist Julius Csotonyi

News: Park Publishes Huge Fossil Report

Grand Canyon NP released the largest park fossil inventory in NPS history. It documents thousands of fossils, from microbes to cheetahs.

Self-driving bus parked at Wright Brothers National Memorial. NPS/Kurt Moses

Say Hello to CASSI

NPS launched the first self-driving vehicle to be tested at a recreational public land site in the nation. Fittingly, at Wright Brothers NM.

The National Park Service app is available in the iOS App Store and Google Play Store. NPS photo.

Tech: National Park Service Launches App

The NPS mobile app is now in the App Store and on Google Play. Users can plan trips, share info, and download maps. More features to come.

Grand Canyon National Park South Rim Shuttle Bus Operations - October 10, 2020. NPS photo.

News: Study Shows Broad Pandemic Impacts

2020 saw widespread impacts to parks from COVID-19. Public online page views increased up to 72%, creating challenges and opportunities.

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

The archeological assessment of Werowocomoco is complete. NPS, in partnership with tribal leaders, will use it to guide future work.

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

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 Arctic 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: July 6, 2021