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Current Projects


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IAN: Symbol Libraries Permanent Link
This free, downloadable symbol library has been providing users with symbols crafted by IAN science communicators for use in constructing conceptual diagrams. This project involves getting the symbols uploaded individually to our searchable image library, adding many new symbols, and making them all available through our online diagram creator.  Full Details  



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NPS NCR Resource Stewardship Strategy Tool Permanent Link
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NPS: HATU Natural Resource Condition Assessment Permanent Link
The National Park Service is carrying out assessments of the natural resource condition (NRCA) for nearly 300 of the National Parks throughout the country deemed to have significant natural resources. This project, to assess condition of Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historic Park in Maryland, is a synthesis project aimed at collating and synthesizing all available data to assess current status and trend for each metric, combining these into an overall framework.  Full Details  



Past Projects


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NPS: ANTI-MONO-MANA: Natural Resource Condition Assessments Permanent Link
The National Park Service is carrying out assessments of the natural resource condition (NRCA) for nearly 300 of the National Parks throughout the country deemed to have significant natural resources. This project, to assess the condition of Antietam, Monocacy, and Manassas National Battlefields in Maryland and Virginia, is aimed at collating and synthesizing all available data to assess current status and trend for each metric, combining these into an overall framework for each park. The focus of this study has been to develop a habitat based framework to assess natural resource condition.  Full Details  



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NPS: Assateague Island National Seashore: Climate Change Permanent Link

Four diverse products designed for different audiences make up this project based on the effects of climate change on Assateague Island.  Full Details  




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NPS: Assateague Island National Seashore: Natural Resource Condition Assessment Permanent Link
The National Park Service is carrying out assessments of the natural resource condition (NRCA) for nearly 300 of the National Parks throughout the country deemed to have significant natural resources. This project, to assess condition of Assateague Island National Seashore in Maryland and Virginia, is a synthesis project aimed at collating and synthesizing all available data to assess current status and trend for each metric, combining these into an overall framework. The focus of this study has been to develop a habitat based framework to assess natural resource condition.  Full Details  



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NPS: Colonial National Historical Park: Natural Resource Condition Assessment Permanent Link
The National Park Service is carrying out assessments of the natural resource condition (NRCA) for nearly 300 of the National Parks throughout the country deemed to have significant natural resources. This project, to assess condition of Colonial National Historical Park in Virginia, is a synthesis project aimed at collating and synthesizing all available data to assess current status and trend for each metric, combining these into an overall framework. The focus of this study has been to develop a habitat based framework to assess natural resource condition.  Full Details  



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NPS: GATE Natural Resource Condition Assessment Permanent Link
The National Park Service is carrying out assessments of the natural resource condition (NRCA) for nearly 300 of the National Parks throughout the country deemed to have significant natural resources. This project, to assess the condition of Gateway National Recreation Area in New York and New Jersey, is aimed at collating and synthesizing all available data to assess current status and trend for each metric, combining these into an overall framework for each park. The focus of this study has been to develop a habitat based framework to assess natural resource condition.  Full Details  



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NPS: HAFE-CHOH-CATO: Natural Resource Condition Assessments Permanent Link
The National Park Service is carrying out assessments of the natural resource condition (NRCA) for nearly 300 of the National Parks throughout the country deemed to have significant natural resources. This project, to assess condition of Harpers Ferry and Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Parks and Catoctin Mountain Park in the National Capital Region, is a synthesis project aimed at collating and synthesizing all available data to assess current status and trend for each metric, combining these into an overall framework. The focus of this study has been to develop a habitat based framework to assess natural resource condition.  Full Details  



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NPS: Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park: Natural Resource Condition Assessment Permanent Link
The National Park Service is carrying out assessments of the natural resource condition (NRCA) for nearly 300 of the National Parks throughout the country deemed to have significant natural resources. This project, to assess condition of Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park in Hawaii, is a synthesis project aimed at collating and synthesizing all available data to assess current status and trend for key indicators, combining these into an overall framework. The focus of this study has been to develop a habitat-based framework to assess natural resource condition.  Full Details  



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NPS: National Capital Region: science communication products Permanent Link
The National Capital Region Network (NCRN) of the National Park Service Inventory and Monitoring (I&M) program has identified 22 indicators of ecological condition within the National Capital Region (NCR), which are commonly called "vital signs". The NCRN is currently in the process of implementing vital signs monitoring within 11 NCR parks.  Full Details  



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NPS: Northern Great Plains Network: using conceptual diagrams to aid communication Permanent Link
The Northern Great Plains Network consists of 13 National Park Service park units from the Dakotas, Nebraska, and eastern Wyoming. The Inventory & Monitoring (I&M) Program provides guidance, funding, and technical assistance to complete a set of 12 baseline natural resource inventories for parks. These inventories serve as the baseline for establishing long-term ecological monitoring, known as "Vital Signs Monitoring." Conceptual diagrams are a useful tool for both synthesizing and communicating complex ecosystem processes and features, and illustrating the role of monitoring.  Full Details  



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NPS: Pacific Island Network: coral education resources Permanent Link
Resource managers and interpretive staff in the Pacific Island Network have partnered with IAN staff, students, educators, and cultural experts to develop an online module that explores our intricate connections to coral reefs and climate change. By synthesizing park science and integrating cultural knowledge, the module illustrates the coral ecosystems in the Pacific islands, the threats that climate change poses, and how changes to coral reefs may impact our daily lives. Input from local teachers and researchers ensures the accuracy and usability of these materials.  Full Details  



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NPS: Pacific Island Network: science communication products Permanent Link
The National Park Service is carrying out assessments of the natural resource condition (NRCA) for nearly 300 of the National Parks throughout the country deemed to have significant natural resources. This product, to assess condition of Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park (KAHO) in the Pacific Island Network, is a synthesis product aimed at collating and synthesizing all available data to assess current status and trend for each metric, combining these into an overall framework. The focus of this study has been to develop a habitat-based framework to assess natural resource condition of the park.

Additionally, through a series of PACN park site visits and workshops, IAN staff are collaborating with park and I&M staff to create science communication products that educate and engage locals or visitors for the three remaining parks in the NPS Pacific Island Network. For War in the Pacific National Historical Park (WAPA), a 8 panel park brochure will feature the many units of the park on Guam and their unique natural and cultural resources. For the American Memorial Park (AMME) on Saipan, a poster, designed for local audiences  and displayed outside on park grounds, will highlight both the natural resources often hidden from view and the cultural significance of AMME. And, for Haleakala National Park (HALE) on Maui, Hawaii, a brochure will attempt to entice visitors to explore HALE beyond the standard tourist destinations of the summit at dawn and the coastal pools for cooling off.  Full Details  



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NPS: PRWI-GWMP-WOTR-NACE: Natural Resource Condition Assessments Permanent Link
The National Park Service is carrying out assessments of the natural resource condition (NRCA) for nearly 300 of the National Parks throughout the country deemed to have significant natural resources. This project, to assess condition of Prince William Forest Park, George Washington Memorial Parkway, Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, and National Capital Parks-East in the National Capital Region, is a synthesis project aimed at collating and synthesizing all available data to assess current status and trend for each metric, combining these into an overall framework. The focus of this study has been to develop a habitat based framework to assess natural resource condition.  Full Details  



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NPS: Rock Creek National Park: Natural Resource Condition Assessment Permanent Link
Rock Creek Park (ROCR) is a forest and wetland oasis in the heart of Washington, D.C. A National Park Service natural resource condition assessment (NPS NRCA) was conducted using two synthetic frameworks: 1) an ecological monitoring framework, and 2) a habitat monitoring framework. Data metrics and thresholds were determined and monitoring data applied.  Full Details  



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NPS: Shenandoah National Park: Natural Resource Condition Assessment Permanent Link
The National Park Service is carrying out assessments of the natural resource condition (NRCA) for nearly 300 of the National Parks throughout the country deemed to have significant natural resources. This project, to assess condition of Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, is a synthesis project aimed at collating and synthesizing all available data to assess current status and trend for key indicators, combining these into an overall framework. The focus of this study has been to develop a habitat-based framework to assess natural resource condition.  Full Details  



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NPS: Shenandoah National Park: science communication products Permanent Link
Shenandoah National Park is a natural oasis in the densely populated Mid−Atlantic region. Thus, the park is an important refuge for both wildlife and people, but its location in the midst of urban, suburban, and agricultural development exposes it to threats including air pollution, water degradation, land use change, and alteration of biological communities. In order to understand and minimize these threats, park staff gather data about natural resource conditions and trends as part of the National Park Service's Mid−Atlantic Inventory and Monitoring Network. IAN and Shenandoah staff created a booklet to illustrate these threats and show how effective monitoring can track changes in conditions and guide management practices.  Full Details