For the more information about natural sounds and night skies in the National Park Service, please visit http://www.nature.nps.gov/sound_night/.
World Listening Day - July 18, 2013
The purposes of World Listening Day include celebrating the practice of listening as it relates to the world around us, environmental awareness, and to design and implement educational initiatives.
World Listening Day provides an opportunity for engaging visitors in listening to park soundscapes across the country and sharing their experiences. World Listening Day is co-organized by the World Listening Project (WLP) and the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology (MSAE).
The National Park Service Natural Sounds Program encourages people to participate in World Listening Day events and to be especially active listeners wherever they are on July 18th!
Why is Sound Important?
Some of our most profound experiences in life are not seen; they are heard.
Our ability to see is a powerful tool for experiencing our world, but sound adds a richness that sight alone cannot provide. In many cases, hearing is the only option for experiencing certain aspects of our environment. The symphony of natural sounds within our national parks is an important natural resource and a critical component of the ecological communities that parks seek to preserve. Understanding the role of sound and acoustics in a healthy ecosystem is critical to their effective management and protection.
Elk bugling in the cool autumn air of Rocky Mountain National Park, waterfalls thundering in Yosemite Valley, canons firing at Fort McHenry National Monument, the quiet hush among giant redwoods— these are the sounds that make visiting our national parks a unique and memorable experience. Natural and cultural sounds awaken the sense of awe that connects us to the splendor of national parks and have a powerful effect on our emotions, attitudes, and memories.
Last Updated: November 15, 2012