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 prairies of the Everglades. 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.


Outside Science (inside parks)

Explore a den of rattlesnakes in Great Basin National Park in the newest episode of Outside Science (inside parks).

Hikers in a valley near a clear blue lake

Take a hike

Time to lace up your hiking boots! National parks offer many opportunities to hit the trail. Get ready, adventure awaits.

A tent illuminated under a starry sky

Sleep under the stars

Camping can be the gateway to discovering natural wonders. Find a campground near you and learn what camping has to offer.

Fishing at Gardner River in Yellowstone National Park

Go fish!

From fly fishing along the Flathead River to crabbing off Cape Hatteras there are lots of fishing opportunities in national parks.

Night sky in Rocky Mountain National Park

Where to stargaze

The natural light of the Milky Way and constellations stand out against a dark sky over Maroon Bells, Colorado The natural light of the Milk

Bighorn Sheep

Watching wildlife in parks

Keep your distance, and enjoy your experience. Do you know the 7 ways to safely watch wildlife?

Last updated: July 2, 2018