The National Park Service is committed to using science to guide its resource management decisions. Park resources, protected from major human interference for more than a century, are valuable reservoirs of information concerning the undisturbed natural world and cultural past. Each year, hundreds of researchers engage in stimulating research projects within park boundaries, increasing our understanding of the world in which we live.
Research Learning Centers aid in this mission by promoting scientific inquiry in the parks while working to communicate the results and relevance of such studies to park managers and the public. In addition, learning centers foster science literacy and resource stewardship through science-related publications and public education efforts.