Climate Change And Your National Parks

The National Park Service is responsible for many of our nation's most treasured places. Efforts to restore ecosystems, recover imperiled species, enhance visitor infrastructure, and protect night skies are all important to preserving our parks for the benefit of all visitors.

But as human activity drives rapid changes to our modern climate, we must similarly respond to the impacts it brings to our parks. Though unprecedented in size and scope, the National Park Service is rising to the challenge with a comprehensive strategy that emphasizes science, facilitates adaptation, encourages sustainable operations, and supports broad communication.

From Acadia to Zion, units across the National Park System are actively working to address the challenge of climate change.

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Our Strategy

The NPS Climate Change Response Strategy 2023 Update is now available! Explore the cornerstones: Understand, Adapt, Mitigate, & Communicate.

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Understand the Science

The National Park Service uses the best-available to science to inform climate change decision making

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Adapt to Change

A number of tools and techniques are employed to help parks adapt to climate change

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Mitigate the Cause

How is the National Park Service working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from park operations?

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Share the Story

Park rangers and partners are communicating climate change stories throughout America's national parks

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Climate Change Response Program

What is the NPS Climate Change Response Program? Learn more about this dedicated team and their work

Last updated: October 11, 2023


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