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? All these questions, and more, can be answered by science.

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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Voices of Science

Listen to audio stories that focus on the science and conservation practices within the National Park Service.

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National Park Foundation Science Fellows

Meet three teams of a faculty mentor and a postdoc fellows.

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Article Series: Parks in Science History

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

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Park Science Journal

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

Last updated: September 30, 2020

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