Do You Wonder?

Why do the stars shine so bright? What makes a bluebird so blue? How does a moth help a plant reproduce? Parks are living laboratories where scientists ask questions. They observe and experiment. Learn from interactions of plants and animals in their natural environment. Track the moon and Sun across Earth. Map evidence of human activity. The National Park Service preserves the places and stories of discovery and uses what we learn through science to manage our natural and cultural resources. Explore parks where great discoveries happen all the time.

Map of the United States showing national parks

Find a Park

Looking to visit a park? Discover the parks where you can learn more about science and how it's used to protect our national parks.

Female park ranger entering data into a computer on a beach

Article Series: Parks in Science History

Explore articles highlighting the roles that national parks have played in the history of science.

Girl looking at insect through magnifying glass

Citizen Science

Discover how citizen scientists work alongside researchers in parks to collect data and find answers to real-world questions.

Park ranger using radio equipment to track animals

Park Science Journal

Explore the implications of natural and social science and related cultural research for park planning, management, and policy.

Last updated: July 16, 2019