Science & Research

National Park Service places like Harpers Ferry are an oasis for visitors and for researchers because they offer some of the best protected cultural heritage and natural landscapes in the nation. Each year, numerous research projects are permitted at Harpers Ferry that visitors may never see. Our staff need the accurate and current natural and cultural resource information this research provides to best care for the park. Research here ranges from studies of rare limestone-cedar glades, to amphibian populations, to the architecture of historic park buildings.

Scientific research is conducted by National Park Service staff, experts from other federal agencies, scientists and graduate students in academia, and independent researchers. Learn more about the process of getting a park research permit at Harpers Ferry.

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Research in Nature & Ecology

Articles on botany, wildlife, geology, and more.

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Studying History & Culture

Articles on Archeology, History, Ethnography and more

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Inventory & Monitoring

Long-term monitoring of key vital signs

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Coordinating Researchers

Chesapeake Watershed Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit

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Your Dollars At Work

Your park entrance fees provide vital support for park preservation, education, and maintenance.


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Last updated: April 22, 2024

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Mailing Address:

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
National Park Service
PO Box 65

Harpers Ferry, WV 25425


304 535-6029

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