Social Science

The Organic Act requires the National Park Service to provide for the enjoyment of current and future generations. Social Sciences allow for an understanding of dimensions of enjoyment and public appreciation in the National Park Service (NPS).

The social sciences in the National Park Service include a collection of disciplines that study humans and their interactions with the National Park System.  Explore how the NPS utilizes the social sciences to inform management below.

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Last updated: February 16, 2022

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