For the more information about natural sounds and night skies in the National Park Service, please visit http://www.nature.nps.gov/sound_night/.
Enhance Your Soundscape
You can enhance your soundscape experience in our national parks by simply becoming more aware of the sounds around you. Here are a few simple steps for getting started. Many of these suggestions can be carried forward to enhance soundscape in your everyday lives, outside of national park settings. Click here for a printable version of the information below.
Close Your Eyes
Stop. Listen to what's around you.
Do you hear more with your eyes closed?
Lift up a finger for each sound you hear. Use your left hand
for natural sounds and your right hand for human-made
Walk and Listen
Do you hear your footsteps? Do you hear
your clothes rustle? Can you walk without making any
What is the most beautiful sound you hear? What sound is
the least appealing?
Listen to Landscapes
How does the shape of the land affect the way sound travels to your ear? Where is the source of each sound? Are there any echoes? What is the closest sound you hear?
Walk in the Wild
Walk as though a predator were after you. Walk as though you were a predator.
Chat Like an Animal
Listen for an animal. What sound does the animal make? Can you make its sound?
Find a sound you like. How would you spell that sound on paper?
Keep a tally of every kind of sound you hear on your walk. What sound do you hear the most?
Listen around you. Do you hear
movement in a bush or tree? Can you
guess the size of an animal from its
These strategies were developed with help from the Natural Sounds Society.
Last Updated: July 02, 2012