Parks for Science, Science for Parks

Which fossils have been discovered in this park? Are fewer invasive weeds growing along the trail than 10 years ago? How do you keep this ancient dwelling from collapsing and eroding away? What is the reason behind the mountain goats moving to a different area? For these questions and more, we look to science for answers.

National parks are amazing outdoor laboratories to learn about the parks themselves and the world around us. Science and research is a tool park staff and many others use to contribute to our expanding knowledge of ever-changing parks and systems. In order to meet the mission of the National Park Service, park managers need rigorous and timely scientific information to help preserve these places for future generations. Explore this site to learn about how we gather scientific information, search for scientific reports and data, ways to conduct research in parks, opportunities to get involved, and explore research news and science stories.

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Broaden Your Impact

Science happens in national parks! Find stories, programs, and ways to get involved.

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Conducting Research

Learn how to conduct research in parks using our permit system; explore research collections.

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Search for Science

Find scientific reports, publications, data, tools, and more.

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What's New in Science

Browse news releases, scientific journal publications, reports, and more. Catch up on recent science in parks.

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Work With Us in Science

Get involved and help us learn more about our parks. Internships, volunteer opportunities, and job openings are available.

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New issue of Park Science Magazine

The Winter 2023 issue of Park Science Magazine is here. This issue explores ways to meet a changing world.

Last updated: January 2, 2024


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