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 to the Parks and Trails Division resource management program. Contact Tavis Westbrook, Resource Program Coordinator, at Tavis.Westbrook@state.mn.us, 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.
- Endangered Species Permits
- Scientific & Natural Areas Permits
- Fisheries Division Permits
- Water Permits
Download research articles featured in Minnesota Conservation Volunteer:
- Uncovering History in our new park, March/April 2014
- Bona Fide Bison, November/December 2013
- Deeper into History, July/August 2010
- State Parks Sleuthing, September/October 2007
- Pieces of the past, May/June 2006