What We Do

park ranger talking with people at overlook of lava field with steam plume where molten lava enters the ocean
Education and visitor safety are important to meeting National Park Service goals for geoconservation. A ranger at a designated viewing area speaks to visitors about a flow of molten lava entering the ocean in 2017. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii.

NPS photo by Janice Wei.


The National Park Service works to conserve geologic resources and related visitor experiences as critical elements of overall natural resources stewardship. In nature, living (biotic) and non-living (abiotic) components of the ecosystem are inextricably linked, so NPS goals for conserving natural systems require attention to maintaining both biodiversity and geodiversity.

Earth scientists from many disciplines work to improve the Park Service's ability to gather, analyze, and use geoscience information. Geologic resources management is part of each park's natural resource activities. Learn more about servicewide Geoconservation Programs.

Geologic Resources Inventory

The Geologic Resources Inventory provides geologic map data and relevant geologic information to support resource management and science-based decision making in more than 270 parks throughout the National Park System.

Geological Monitoring—Volcanic Systems

Geological monitoring involves taking repeated measurements in order to detect long term change. Monitoring data can be used to help land managers assess whether changes in a geologic resource are within a normal range of variation, or if the observed changes dictate a corrective action in management practices.

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    Educational programs support the National Park Service mission to protect and preserve park resources and values for the enjoyment of present and future generations. Parks and programs deliver geoscience information and stories about geoheritage issues so people understand, value, and support science-based management in national parks.

    Teaching Resources—Volcanoes

    Last updated: October 6, 2022