A Scientific Research and Collecting Permit is required for most scientific activities pertaining to natural resources or social science studies in National Park System areas that involve fieldwork, specimen collection, and/or have the potential to disturb resources or visitors.
1. It is always a good idea to contact the park superintendent or other park staffers to discuss your proposed research before you submit your application.
2. The study proposal guidelines require the submission of an approval from an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). These committees often withhold final approval until the researchers provides proof that all required permits have been obtained. Should this situation occur, ask your IACUC to provide approval conditioned on receipt of the permits.