Scientists in the Field
Park Scientists

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Park Scientists: Gila Monsters, Geysers, and Grizzly Bears in America’s Own Backyard

By Mary Kay Carson | Illustrated by Tom Uhlman

America’s national parks are protected places and have become living museums for as many as 270 million visitors per year! In the parks, researchers are able to perform long-term studies of a wide number of subjects from salamanders the size of thumbnails to gigantic geothermal geysers. These parks are natural laboratories for scientists.

The scientists profiled in Park Scientists also study grizzly bears in Yellowstone, the majestic sagauro catci and enormous Gila monsters in Arizona, and fireflies in Tennessee—and the parks offer many ways for the average reader of any age to become a part of the scientific experience!

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