Science and Research

What lives in the park now, and how can we make sure it will thrive in the future? Research and monitoring help us understand what’s happening with our most sensitive plants and animals and the park’s overall health. This information helps us make decisions that balance recreational needs with those of the plants and animals we care for.

Explore the links below to learn more, including program highlights, resource summaries, and long-term records.
Condor spreads its wings and takes flight from a rock at Pinnacles National Park.

Quick Reads

Browse articles and information summaries about science and research at Pinnacles.

Close up of bat in the white-gloved hands of a biologist.


Get the latest on science and research at Pinnacles from the Bay Area Nature & Science Blog.

Candid of biologist in National Park Service hat aiming a camera lens.

Meet the Scientists

Get to know the people behind the science that we do here at Pinnacles.

Biologist lifts metal device, scanning vegetated area for nearby condors.

Natural Resource Management

The Natural Resources division works to understand and care for the abundant natural treasures found at Pinnacles.

Photo of researcher taking a measurement during a coho salmon spawner surveys on Redwood Creek.

Long-term Monitoring

The Inventory & Monitoring Program tracks long term trends in the park's natural resources by focusing on a suite of ecological indicators.

Child uses a field microscope to get a closer look at tiny wetland creatures.

Pacific Coast Science & Learning Center

Research Learning Centers are field stations for many collaborative research activities and hands-on learning experiences.

A grizzly bear at Denali.

National Program

Explore the 32 Inventory and Monitoring networks at different National Parks across the country.

Last updated: April 18, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

5000 Highway 146
Paicines, CA 95043


(831) 389-4486
Please call the number above for all park related inquiries. For camping questions contact the Pinnacles Campground at (831) 200-1722. For the park book store, please call (831) 389-4485.

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