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Science and Research

Washington's National Park Fund is actively seeking charitable contributions to make projects in this area possible:

Focusing on science and research by continuing support of science studies and projects created to help the parks protect and ensure the safety of native flora and fauna.

Examples of Science and Research projects funded in the parks are:

Mount Rainier National Park: 2010 - Fleet Management Study
One aspect of the park's goal to become carbon neutral in its operations is a more effective and efficent use of its fleet of vehicles and motorized equipment. Recommendations from this study directly resulted in a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions within the park boundaries.

North Cascades National Park: 2010 - Volunteer Butterfly Monitoring 
Butterflies are an easily monitored and charismatic indicator of the influence of our rapidly changing climate on national parks resources. This project, using citizen scientists (volunteers), was one of the first steps toward understanding the impacts of warming climates on fragile subalpine ecosystems in Washington State. 

Olympic National Park: 2011 - Roosevelt Elk Spring Study 
The Roosevelt Elk is the iconic animal in Olympic National Park. Using GPS radio collars, a significant monitoring project began in 2009 and continued through 2011. (This project was also funded in 2012). Sustaining the annual monitoring of these elk in the "spring range" (Hoh, South Fork and Queets) is vital to the park's mission of protecting its native wildlife.


2013 Opportunites for Science and Research Support:

Mount Rainier National Park:

Fisher Restoration (Mount Rainier & North Cascades, year 1)
Teacher-Ranger-Teacher (4 TRTs)
Engaging Underserved Youth
Nisqually Glacier time-lapse Photography for hazard recognition
Monitoring Elk Populations in Washington's Parks (Mount Rainier & North Cascades)
Test and Protect Exposed Frozen Lake Archaeological Site
Communicating Climate Change to Mount Rainier's visitors/students
Historic Architecture Intern GIS interns (2) to document Paradise Meadow damage

For more information on these projects, click here. 

North Cascades National Park:

14 Days of Bio Bliss
Produce a Guide to Alpine and Subalpine Wildflowers
Provide Youth with Opportunities for Leadership
Engage Citizen Scientists in Butterfly Monitoring
Monitor Water Quality & Ecological Integrity of Ross Lake
Transport Youth to Their Park
Restore Fishers to the Cascades
Volunteer Citizen Scientist Plant Phenology Monitoring in the Alpine-Subalpine

For more information on these projects, click here.

Olympic National Park:

Olympic Marmot Citizen Science Monitoring Project
Monitoring Elk Populations in Washington’s Parks
Pathways to Employment for Diverse Youth
Understanding Olympic National Park’s Shrinking Glaciers
Adopt-a-Fish: Radio-tracking the Return of Pacific Salmon to the Elwha River in Olympic
Tracking Ocean Acidification in Olympic
Probing Razor Clam Health in  Olympic
Complete Evaluation of Invasive Plants in the Queets Valley

For more information on these projects, click here.