Explore Your STEAM-Powered Parks

Graphic reading 'STEAM-Powered Parks. National Park Service. Each letter of "steam" has a related photograph with the letter.

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Full STEAM ahead! We’re celebrating science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics, collectively known as “STEAM.” Here are a few suggestions for you to explore these fields in national parks or at home.


National Park Service scientists, academic researchers, and volunteers are conducting groundbreaking scientific research every day. Whether studying wildlife, connected conservation, processes for preserving historic structures, the research in national parks and beyond our boundaries through our programs and partners, continues to push the bounds of understanding our world.


The history of the evolution of technology, and its complex and sometimes difficult effects—are preserved in many national parks. Visit the labs of innovative minds, including George Washington Carver and Thomas Edison, and other places were advances in technology were made. The National Park Service and our partners continue to look at ground-breaking technology to make it easier for people to experience their parks and natural and cultural resources across the country.


National parks are home to many of the nation’s most iconic engineering marvels like the Golden Gate Bridge, Gateway Arch, Casa Grande, and Going-to-the-Sun Road. With more than 300 million visitors a year, engineers are essential to designing infrastructure so everyone can experience national parks. We continue to push modern engineering in the upkeep of these special places in parks, but also in communities through partnerships, grants, collaborating on research, and more!


Art has been part of the history of national parks since the 1870s when Hudson River School painters captured majestic Western landscapes. Through their awe-inspiring works, a wider public came to see these special places in America for the first time. The works captured their imaginations, spurring them to preserve these lands for future generations. Today the tradition continues as parks are a place to practice the arts for expression, preserving heritage, capturing memories, and sharing the experience with others.


Math is used daily in so many career fields throughout the National Park Service—budgeting, planning, maintenance, information technology... It is also at the heart of many large-scale projects throughout the national parks. For example, using geospatial imaging helps parks understand patterns in species population, make accurate maps of the lands, and develop models of the night sky and soundscapes throughout the year.

Last updated: October 8, 2022