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.
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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.
Article Series: Parks in Science History
Explore articles highlighting the roles that national parks have played in the history of science.
Discover how citizen scientists work alongside researchers in parks to collect data and find answers to real-world questions.
Park Science Journal
Explore the implications of natural and social science and related cultural research for park planning, management, and policy.
Last updated: November 9, 2018