The natural and cultural sounds in national parks awaken a sense of wonder that connects us to the unique qualities of these places. They have a powerful effect on our emotions, attitudes, and memories, and bring awareness of our surroundings. From the mysterious calls of bugling elk in 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. NPS invites you to experience our parks through this world of sound.
A Symphony of Sounds Worth Saving
Students Advance Acoustic Research
Undergraduates work with acoustical data collected in national parks to analyze a spectrum of natural and human-caused sounds.
Listening to Biodiversity
NPS scientists use audio recordings to assess biodiversity in forest areas impacted by fire within Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks.
Last updated: June 30, 2017