Sound Resources

Frontal view of a waterfall over red rock framed by forest.
A waterfall pours over red rock cliffs with evergreen and deciduous trees framing the view.

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  • Articles — Current and archival articles cover a range of topics on the protection of natural sound resources.
  • Teaching Materials — A variety of soundcape activities are available that teachers can use to educate students of all ages.
  • Events — Parks offer a range of engaging programs around sound, from listening hikes and educational activities to music concerts and cultural-historic reenactments.
  • Policies and Authorities — Preservation of acoustical environments and noise reduction in parks are guided by several important laws, regulations, and policies.
  • Video Gallery — Featured video clips introduce the wonder and science of soundscapes, and what the NPS does to protect acoustic resources.
  • Sound Gallery — Listen to a range of captivating natural sounds recorded in our national parks.
  • Additional Information — Web links, introductory materials, and other documents give additional information on sounds protection in parks.