About Us

The Learning Center of the American Southwest is a collaboration among 48 national park units in four NPS Inventory and Monitoring Networks, three Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Units (CESUs), and several nonprofit partners. This partnership is dedicated to understanding and preserving the unique resources of the American Southwest through science and education. The National Park Service developed Research Learning Centers as a public-private partnership that encourages the sharing of scientific information about the parks, facilitate research efforts, and provide opportunities for the public to learn about the national parks. Click on a link below to learn more about each of our partners.

National Park Service Research Learning Centers
National Park Service Inventory and Monitoring Program
Chihuahuan Desert Inventory and Monitoring Network (CHDN)
Southern Colorado Plateau Inventory and Monitoring Network (SCPN)
Sonoran Desert Inventory and Monitoring Network (SODN)
Southern Plains Inventory and Monitoring Network (SOPN)
The National Parks and Protected Areas
Sonoran Institute
Big Sky Institute
Desert Southwest Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit
Rocky Mountain Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit
Colorado Plateau Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit