Second Century Stewardship

103 years our National Park System and Service have been in existence.
300 million annual visits to America's national parks—more than MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLS games combined!
50,000+ people reached by Second Century Stewardship science communications through websites and social media.
1,000+ students introduced to information from Second Century Stewardship Fellows' research.


  • Support stewardship of park resources through advancing conservation and ecosystem science.
  • Strengthen public understanding of the importance of science for parks and society.
  • Increase public engagement with science.
  • Pursue solutions to critical conservation challenges.

Four Core Strategies:

  • Research fellowships focus on park stewardship challenges.
  • Science communication training for Second Century Stewardship Fellows, National Park Service staff and partners, and educators.
  • Enhance park education activities and school curricula infused with SCS Fellows’ research.
  • Convene leaders to pursue solutions to critical challenges.


  • Innovative science and engagement with managers and the public.
  • Communication workshops to improve skills of Second Century Stewardship Fellows, National Park staff, teachers, and other partners.
  • Symposia at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) highlight the role of science and communication to meet conservation challenges.
  • Tweets, blog entries, videos, op-eds, teacher trainings, public talks, and other science communication from Second Century Stewardship Fellows as a result of training.
  • Educators work with Second Century Stewardship Fellows to do fieldwork, manage and analyze data, and discuss how teachers will integrate information into school curricula.