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.

Expansive view of lush, green rolling hills and mountain peaks.

Why Sounds Matter

Sounds in national parks compose immersive experiences important for wildlife, wilderness, visitors, and cultural-historic events.

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.

A Women's History in National Park poster features a cut-out figure of a woman flexing her muscle

Women in Science Profile

Female scientists with the NPS reflect on the value of STEM leadership for girls, young women.