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
Digging up Life's Crucial Details
What was life like in the Manzanar WWII confinement camp or at other Asian-American historical sites? Archeology helps us find the answer.
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.
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.
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.
Explore citizen science with Park Science journal. See how science volunteers work. Find videos and articles about citizen science research.
Dark night skies are increasingly rare on Planet Earth yet crucial to life. Explore dark sky videos and articles.
Caves and Karst
Underground. Undersea. Under ice. Source of drinking water. Home to odd creatures. Explore cave science videos and articles.
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.
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: 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.
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.
Tech: 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.
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.
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.
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
The archeological assessment of Werowocomoco is complete. NPS, in partnership with tribal leaders, will use it to guide future work.
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 Arctic 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: May 5, 2021