Videos

National Parks are our national treasures, which protect living, breathing ecosystems and the cultural history of the American public. Whether monitoring natural ecosystems or studying historic sites, national park scientists are stewards of our nation’s crown jewels. Working unobtrusively and mostly out of sight, park scientists do the rigorous science needed to document park ecological health and to conserve historical riches. Science Minute Movies profile staff in eight Pacific Northwest national parks and offer behind-the-scenes looks at science in action. Click video thumbnail to view each Science Minute Movie. Transcripts coming soon.

Science Feature

Geologist Dr. Jon Riedel eats, sleeps, and breathes glaciers. They are high, hard-to-reach, and hard to study. Follow Jon and his work studying glaciers and climate change at North Cascades National Park.

Length: 18:01

Science FeatureTides of Change

As the climate changes, many early signs will appear on the ocean shores. This film takes us to Olympic National Park’s wild coast and follows marine ecologist Dr. Steve Fradkin as he studies the changing rocky intertidal zone.

Length: 13:57

Training Video

Citizen scientists will be helping track Olympic Marmot populations. This training video shows what is involved with monitoring these animals.

Length: 11:25

Science Minute Movie

Botanists at Mount Rainier measure tree mortality as an index of ecosystem health.

Length: 4:28

Science Minute Movie

Olympic NP has released 90 fishers to restore this beautiful weasel trapped to extinction a century ago.

Length: 4:57

Science Minute Movie

Vegetation mapping in the North Coast & Cascades parks helps managers see the forest from the trees.

Length: 3:50

Science Minute Movie

See why Mount Rainier streams are increasingly filled with sediment and why that results in flooding.

Length: 5:17

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Brief interviews in which Park Service scientists explain how their work is a labor of love.

Length: 6:13

Science Minute Movie

Archaeological exploration gives voice to the many cultures who lived in worked in what was the largest settlement on America's west coast.

Length: 4:56

Science Minute Movie

Lewis and Clark NHS restoration ecologists track down and eradicate non-native plants.

Length: 4:28

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Watch North Cascades NP biologists snare mammal hair for DNA analysis.

Length: 5:10

Science Minute Movie

An amazing treasure-trove illuminates Seattle's role in the history of the Klondike Gold Rush.

Length: 4:43

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The glacier monitoring team at Mount Rainier NP braves the elements to record the rise and fall of glacial ice.

Length: 5:28

Science Minute Movie

Replanting native prairies at San Juan Islands NHS will allow future visitors a more authentic view of the past.

Length: 4:37

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A patchwork of partnerships allows Ebey's Landing to preserve a unique island community.

Length: 5:13

Science Minute Movie

Follow Olympic NP scientists as they map and measure tidepool creatures.

Length: 5:43

Science Minute Movie

North Cascades NP biologists study pikas, rabbit-relatives now at risk due to climate change.

Length: 4:24

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Scientists at Olympic NP show how climate change will affect all park resources from the mountains to the sea.

Length: 13:55