Conduct research with the division of parks and trails, minnesota department of natural resources.

Research in State Parks

Easy access and abundant natural features make Minnesota State Parks the perfect place for a variety of resource-related research.  

Animal inventories, geological investigations, archaeological surveys, and environmental monitoring are just a few examples of research projects that take place in Minnesota State Parks every year. 

Scientific research in State Parks increases our understanding of natural and cultural resources, and often leads to information that can be used to better manage these resources into the future.

Who can apply to conduct research?

Researchers, university staff, other governmental agencies, and independent contractors are strongly encouraged to carry out research in Minnesota State Parks.

How do I apply?

Researchers must submit a completed research application This link needs MS Word to open. to the Parks and Trails Division resource management program. Contact Tavis Westbrook, Resource Program Coordinator, at, 218-723-4763, ext. 231, for further information.

Applications must include and describe:

  • Research objectives, design, and methods.
  • The fieldwork schedule and anticipated end date.
  • Methods of collection and disposition of specimens.
  • Potential resource impacts.

Researchers must submit a copy of their findings to the Parks and Trails Division no later than two years after completion of the project.

Researchers may need additional DNR permits to conduct certain types of scientific research, or to conduct research on other DNR administered lands.  Use the links below to find out more.

Download research articles This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. featured in Minnesota Conservation Volunteer: