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The joy of listening to the symphony of nature can be experienced in many of our national parks. The Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division works to restore, maintain and protect acoustic environments throughout the National Park System, and increase scientific understanding and inspire public appreciation of the value and character of undiminished soundscapes.

For a complete listing of videos that raise awareness about natural sounds as well as night skies, visit the Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division YouTube website.

Opening title, Listening to Biodiversity, appears over a background of pine needles on forest floor
Listening to Biodiversity
Listening to Biodiversity

In this video, NPS scientists discuss what audio recordings of forest sounds reveal about biodiversity in areas impacted by fire within Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks.

Opening title Soundscapes, Part 1
Soundscapes — Part 1
Soundscapes – Part 1

Viewers experience a spectrum of natural sounds in this introduction to soundscapes by scientists and planners with the Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division of the National Park Service.
Opening video title, Data Collection - Part 2
Data Collection — Part 2

Data Collection – Part 2

Overview of the acoustic research and field work involved in data collection by scientists in the Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division of the National Park Service.

Opening title Park Planning — Part 3
Park Planning — Part 3

Park Planning – Part 3

Introduction to the importance of strategic plans and policy in supporting the preservation of natural soundscapes in our national parks.

Opening title Analyzing Impacts Part 4
Analyzing Impacts — Part 4

Analyzing Impacts - Part 4

Introduction to the role of data analysis in monitoring sounds across the national parks

This all electric aircraft, designed by Powering Imagination, offers a silent and energy efficient ride with zero emissions.
Quiet Flight — all electric aircraft technology designed by Aero Electric Aircraft Corp. NPS photo.

Quiet Flight

Run on lithium-ion batteries, the all electric Sun Flyer aircraft—a two-seater prototype developed by Aero Electric Aircraft Corp and CEO George Bye—is super clean with zero emissions, and super quiet compared to its noisy, combustible cousins. This bodes well for national parks, where hundreds of thousands of air tours take place each year. Quiet flights over parks are better for humans as well as wildlife.

A close profile view of a raven's head and beak
Grand Canyon Sound Academy

Grand Canyon Sound Academy

In June 2014, 19 students gathered at the Grand Canyon. Half of them were sighted, and the rest were either blind or visually impaired. Through a collaboration between the NPS Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division, No Barriers Youth, Grand Canyon Youth, and Grand Canyon National Park, these teens hoped to learn more about the canyon's incredible soundscape.


A bighorn sheep stands alert in evergreen surroundings
Introduction to the Natural Sounds Program of the NPS
Introduction to the Natural Sounds Program of the NPS

The Natural Sounds Program of the Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division works to protect, maintain, or restore acoustical environments throughout the National Park System.This video provides a broad overview of the acoustic research and field expertise of this team, and invites viewers to explore the wonder of natural sounds in their communities and national parks.

Sunset over the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia
Wilderness Song: Shenandoah
Wilderness Song: Shenandoah

Professional songwriters Pops Walker and Kipyn Martin discover music in the natural sounds and landscapes of the Shenandoah Wilderness. Experience the lyricism of nature through the eyes and ears of these two musicians as they compose original works directly inspired by this untouched wild land.

Teenagers slide down a sand dune at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
Singing Sand Phenomenon — Great Sand Dunes NPP
Singing Sand Phenomenon —Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

The mysterious phenomenon of "singing" or "booming" sands has been known for centuries in desert regions around the world. Watch and listen as scientists from NPS set out to create and record a sand avalanche and learn what causes this unique sound! National Park Service video, 2011.