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.

a bear catching a fish mid jump up a waterfall

Bears of Katmai

Summer is the best time to see the famous bears of Katmai fishing for salmon at Brook Falls and Lake Clark.

a young woman watches a marmot from a distance

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.

newly hatched Kemp's Ridley sea turtle

Summer Sightings

Whether you are at sea level or high in the mountains, summer is a great time to watch wildlife!

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

Monarch butterfly on a plant

Monarch Migration

Be on the lookout for these black and orange butterflies during their lengthy migration.

Last updated: August 12, 2019

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