A Symphony of Sounds Worth  Preserving

Each national park is unique — for the diversity of wildlife, beautiful landscapes, historic resources, and also variety of sounds. The natural and cultural sounds in parks awaken a sense of wonder that connects us to the qualities that define these special places. Park sounds are part of a web of resources that the National Park Service protects under the Organic Act. From the mysterious calls of bugling elk in mountains, to the patriotic calls of trumpeting bugles across a historic battlefield, NPS invites you to experience our parks through this world of sound.

A National Park Service scientist installs audio recording equipment in a valley

Listening to the Eclipse

A solar eclipse is visually stunning, but what will it sound like? NPS scientists will find out by recording sounds in parks across the USA.

A woman sits on a dock and views the natural surroundings at Denali National Park.

Keeping the Peace and Quiet

A new study shows that noise now intrudes into remote areas, including some national parks.

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

Underwater Conversations in Glacier Bay

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