National Park Service

Feature: Discovery, Science, and Management

A volunteer collects moths at a light trap as a park resource manager looks on. The nighttime activity was part of the 2011 bioblitz at Acadia National Park, Maine A volunteer collects moths at a light trap during 2011 bioblitz at Acadia National Park. NPS/Diana Hunt.

Biological diversity supports human health and well-being and its conservation is tremendously important to the future of national parks. The story of biodiversity conservation in national parks is part discovery, science, and management. Explore these topics in a special, thematic issue of the journal Park Science. Learn more »

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 sawgrass prairies of the Everglades. To safeguard these treasures, the National Park Service combines the best available science with innovative education and stewardship programs, such as Biodiversity Discovery, the Climate Change Youth Initiative, and Geoscientists-in-Parks.

We encourage you to "Explore Nature." 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.

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Park Science

 A bioblitz participant admires a salamander (Plethodon glutinosus) identified at 
									Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River

Special issue: Biodiversity discovery, science, and management

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Park ranger and intern taking water quality samples

Statistics for national park lakes and streams

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There & Back Again

Humpback Whale

Migratory species in national parks

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Last Updated: December 30, 2014