A Symphony of Sounds

Each national park has a unique soundscape. The natural and cultural sounds in parks awaken a sense of wonder that connects us to the qualities that define these special places. They are part of a web of resources that the National Park Service protects under the Organic Act. From the haunting calls of bugling elk in mountains to the patriotic calls of bugling horns across a historic battlefield, NPS invites you to experience our parks through this world of sound.

Park visitors stand before a water fall in a forest setting.

Exploring Sound

A variety of materials and ideas are available to help you connect with soundscapes in parks as well as your everyday life.

An NPS scientist uses a parabolic microphone to listen to whales at Glacier Bay National Park.

Marine Research at Glacier Bay

Video follows six researchers at Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve, Alaska, who study how whales and harbor seals communicate underwater.

Library of Congress photo shows the Wright Brothers with their plane on the beach at Kitty Hawk.

History of Air Tours in National Parks

Story map presentation gives a visual overview of the rich history of overflights in national parks across the USA.