A Symphony of Sounds Worth Saving

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 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.

Last updated: June 30, 2017