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.

Waves crash against rocks along the coast of Acadia National Park.

Protecting Sounds

Natural and cultural sounds are vital to park ecosystems and to your experience in national parks.

A Clark's Nutcracker perches prettily on a tree

Quiet Parks Program

NPS works to reduce park-generated noise sources for the benefit of park visitors and wildlife.

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.