Observe the World Around You

National parks offer a unique experience for watching wildlife. Animals in parks are wild—visitors have the amazing opportunity to view animals as they live and interact with each other in their natural homes.

But with that privilege comes responsibility. Visitors are responsible for their own safety and for the safety of the animals, too. Simply put, leave animals alone—no touching, no feeding, no harassing. 

Just remember to keep your distance, and enjoy your experience watching wildlife.

an aerial photo of a whale and calf

Are we there, yet?

In spring, animals are on the move! Learn about whales' spring migrations and be sure to keep your family, and wildlife, safe.

fireflies light up the night

Great Smoky Mountains Fireflies

Great Smoky Mountains National Park predicts peak firefly viewing will be May 30-June 6 this year.

Marmot in Rocky Mountain National Park

Spring Sightings

Ah, spring! Flowers are blooming, birds are singing, and the wildlife is moving!

Elementary student bird watching with binoculars

Pro tips

Want to watch wildlife like a pro? Get some Watching Wildlife 101 with these pro tips.

Elementary student bird watching with binoculars

Bring This, Not That

What to bring to enhance your experience and what items you should leave at home

A man with binoculars

7 Ways to Safely Watch Wildlife

The safety of these animals, as well as your safety, depends on everyone using good judgment and following these simple guidelines.

Last updated: April 25, 2019

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