For the more information about natural sounds and night skies in the National Park Service, please visit http://www.nature.nps.gov/sound_night/.
In order to to fully appreciate and understand the importance of soundscapes in parks as well as your everyday life, you must experience and explore sound for yourself. To Enhance your Soundscape Experience, simply follow some of our suggested tips.
To listen to some of the sounds you might experience in our national parks, visit our Sound Gallery. You can download natural sounds (birds, mammals, geological, meteorological sounds), cultural sounds (cannon fire, Native American music, sensation jazz, reveille), and human-caused sounds (boat, motorcycle, jet, snowmobile, car alarm).
If you are a teacher looking to explore soundscape then please visit our Teaching Soundscapes page, which provides examples of how to engage youth and fun activities to try in the classroom.
Celebrate World Listening Day July 18th!
Falling leaves. Babbling water. Chirping birds. The sounds that embody the Shenandoah Wilderness make their own kind of music. Explore the musical dynamics of this special place with two local musicians. This video was produced by film students at American University in partnership with the NPS. Check it out on YouTube!
This video provides an introduction to the Natural Sounds Program, its mission, and the role of natural and cultural sounds in your National Parks.