Seeing a wild animal can be the highlight of any outdoor trip, especially in a national park. But you don’t have to head to Yellowstone to see a bison, bear, or wolf to enjoy watching wildlife. From bees buzzing around flowers, to birds flying overhead, to diving and snorkeling in the ocean, there is wildlife all around you. Take a look outside any time of day and chances are you will see something wild if you look close enough. Go on a nature scavenger hunt near your home and you might be amazed at what you’ll find!
To watch wildlife in a national park, your first step should be to check out the park’s website for tips. Most parks have a page of the types of wildlife you might see and where to find them. Visit the smart wildlife watching section of this site for safe viewing tips. When visiting a park, always remember to check with the visitor center for the latest rules and safety information before heading out. Be patient, be aware, and have fun!