The National Park Service welcomes your interest in considering Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve for your research site. The Preserve is responsible for protecting and regulating the use of areas within it's borders. Preserving park resources and providing for appropriate visitor use of the Preserve requires a full understanding of its cultural and natural resources. This can best be obtained through the long-term study and analysis of scientific data. The park has a research mandate to provide management with that understanding, using the highest quality science and information. Park managers increasingly recognize that timely and reliable scientific information is essential for sound decisions and interpretive programming.
The Timucuan Preserve welcomes proposals for scientific studies designed to increase our understanding of the human and ecological processes and resources in the Preserve.
Research in the Museum Collection
For over a century, museums have been an integral part of America's national parks. From modest beginnings in 1904 to today's state-of-the-art park museums and visitor centers, visitors have encountered engaging museums in units of the National Park Service. Museum collections are acquired through donation, field collections (such as research collecting or archeological projects), transfer, purchase, exchange or incoming loan. A Scope of Collection statement is written for each park to spell out what museum items are desired and appropriate, and what is not appropriate, for the park. NPS museum collections are used in a variety of ways. In keeping with the Service’s public trust responsibilities, most uses of collections are educational.
The primary uses are:
The Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve (TIMU) museum collection currently contains over 270,000 items. This includes archeological objects, history objects, natural history specimens (primarily a herbarium collection), archives and photographs. Finding aids are available for selected collections in the museum archives. Cataloging of the collections is still in progress.
Natural Resources Research
Research Permit and Reporting System (RPRS)
A Scientific Research and Collecting Permit is required for most scientific activities pertaining to natural resources or social science studies in National Park System areas that involve fieldwork, specimen collection, and/or have the potential to disturb resources or visitors. When permits are required for scientific activities pertaining solely to cultural resources, including archeology, ethnography, history, cultural museum objects, cultural landscapes, and historic and prehistoric structures, other permit procedures apply.
The National Park Service uses an Internet-based, information system called the Research Permit and Reporting System (RPRS) to manage research permits. RPRS provides the following services to researchers who are interested in obtaining permission to conduct a natural resource or social science study:
Please go online for more information about the NPS research permit process and to access the NPS Research Permit and Reporting System.
Cultural Resources Research
Permitting ProcessAll types of archeological fieldwork on park lands require NPS authorization in the form of a Permit for Archeological Investigations. Such activities include excavation, shovel testing, coring, pedestrian survey (even if not involving artifact removal), underwater archeology, rock art documentation, or other types of reconnaissance. A permit may be issued under ARPA or the Antiquities Act or both. Permits for archeological projects carried out on federal lands have been issued since 1907 under the legal authority of the Antiquities Act and Antiquities Act regulations.
Cultural research activities using only the library, outside archives, or the Internet do not require a permit. However, please let us know if you will be researching any of the subjects we have identified or other topics related to the preserve. We would appreciate a copy of your final paper for our park reference / research collection.
The Application for Permit for Archeological Investigations can be found at
Coordinate your application for research of cultural resources with Morgan Baird, TIMU Exhibit Specialist, at (904) 221-7567 ext. 111.
Recommended Topics for Research in the Timucuan Preserve
Human-Dimensions of Natural Resources (Social Science)
Additional Research Resources
U.S. Department of Interior http://www.doi.gov/
NPS Archeology http://www.nps.gov/archeology/
NPS Discover History http://www.cr.nps.gov/
NPS Cultural Resource Grants http://www.cr.nps.gov/grants.htm
NPS Cultural Resource Publications http://www.cr.nps.gov/publications.htm
NPS Ethnography http://www.nps.gov/ethnography/index.htm
History E-Library http://www.nps.gov/history/history/index.htm
National Center for Preservation Technology and Training http://ncptt.nps.gov/
NPS Southeast Archeological Center http://www.nps.gov/history/seac/
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation http://www.achp.gov/
The American Antiquities Act of 1906
National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 http://www.cr.nps.gov/local-law/nhpa1966.htm
Archaeological Resources Protection Act http://www.nps.gov/archeology/tools/Laws/arpa.htm
NHPA Section 106 regulations http://www.achp.gov/work106.html
NPS Research Learning Centers http://www.nature.nps.gov/learningcenters
Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Unit http://www.cesu.org/
FirstGov for Science http://www.science.gov
NPS Geoscientists in the Parks http://www2.nature.nps.gov/geology/gip/
National Park Foundation http://www.nationalparks.org/
The Nature Conservancy http://www.nature.org/
Integrated Resource Management Applications
NPS Inventory and Monitoring Program
NPSpecies: The National Park Service Species Database
Last updated: September 25, 2019