A Symphony of Trees, Grasses, Birds and Streams

Natural and cultural sounds awaken a sense of awe that connects us to the splendor of national parks, and have a powerful effect on our emotions, attitudes and memories. From the mysterious calls of bugling elk in the Rocky Mountains to the patriotic, bugling trumpets heard across a historic battlefield, these sounds are part of a web of natural and cultural resources that the National Parks protects under the Organic Act. The sounds heard in each national park are uniquely special to that place. NPS invites you to experience our parks through this world of sound.

A scuba diver installs underwater acoustical monitoring equipment in National Park of American Samoa

Students Advance Acoustic Research

Undergraduates work with acoustical data collected in national parks to analyze a spectrum of natural and human-caused sounds.

A microphone in the forest captures natural sounds.

Listening to Biodiversity

NPS scientists use audio recordings to assess biodiversity in forest areas impacted by fire within Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks.

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.