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.

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A short video about the unique experience national parks provide for watching wildlife while reminding visitors to always keep a safe distance.

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Watching Wildlife 101

Check out these pro tips from National Park Service employees.

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7 Ways to Safely Watch Wildlife

Recreate Responsibly! The safety of wildlife, and you, depends on everyone using good judgment and following these simple guidelines.

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Bring This, Not That

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

Last updated: March 10, 2022


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