Science in Your National Parks

National parks contain many of our nation's most treasured landscapes, from the majestic mountain ranges of Alaska to the vast prairies of the Everglades. Learn about the natural resources in parks, from the rocks under our feet to the sky overhead and everything in between. Discover the issues that affect our parks and how we join with neighbors and partners to address them. Meet the people who protect our parks and learn how you can help preserve these treasures for generations to come.

A ranger in a flat hat sits with children

Calling All Junior Explorers!

Dive underwater, dig for fossils, or look up at the stars. Let us help you explore nature. There's so much to learn!

Water sampling in Soda Butte Creek downstream of the McLaren Mill and Tailings

New Issue of Park Science Journal

The Winter 2017-2018 issue of the Park Science Journal is now available online

a woman looks out over a canyon

Live Weather & Air Quality Data

What's the air quality like in your favorite park? Explore live weather and air quality data from parks across the country.

Close up of new bee species

Marking a New Bee-ginning

A New Species of Pollinator found in Denali National Park and Preserve

The Milky Way illumines an opalescent night sky over dramatic rock formations

Signs of Spring in the Night Sky

Constellations that were visible in winter give way to different celestial features in the spring. Find constellations with these tips.

A student holds a sea creature above a tidepool

Tidepools in Acadia National Park

In this episode of Outside Science (inside parks), young scientists collect data from Acadia National Park's tidepools.

Last updated: April 20, 2018