Apr 01 2021

National Park Service Relies on Webcams to Attract Far-Flung Nature Fans


    Amber Kraft, Education and Interpretation Manager, Katmai National Park and Preserve

    Leslie Richardson, Economist, National Park Service

    Candice Rusch, Director of New Media, Explore.org

Video Highlights

  • More than 60 national parks host about 200 total webcams; the parks often partner with outside organizations that provide the bandwidth needed to keep a live webcam running.
  • The Katmai webcam was established in 2012, and the park’s Fat Bear Week premiered in 2014. The cam attracts about 9 million unique views every year.
  • Federal webcams have provided a way for people to stay connected to national parks during the pandemic, when travel was discouraged and many parks had limited capacity.