Clemson University Institute for Parks



Creating a cybercommunity

OPN Logo
The Open Parks Network (OPN) serves the global parks community by providing information, tools, and solutions to support the stewardship of the natural and cultural assets of protected areas. OPN is an initiative of the Institute for Parks at Clemson University.



The purpose of the Open Parks Network is to unite the highly distributed parks community of managers, researchers, policy-makers and citizens, through development and use of cyberinfrastructure, to foster a greater distribution of knowledge and facilitate more informed, science-based management decisions.

Image on OPN home page


The Open Parks Network has been designed by a collaborative team at Clemson University to connect the greater parks and protected areas communities with each other, with data and just-in-time knowledge through the power of cyberinfrastructure in order to leverage knowledge and resources more efficiently and effectively for stewardship of natural and cultural assets worldwide.

Image of OPN Home Screen

Our Partners

In 2008, we entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the U.S. National Park Service and secured a National Leadership grant through the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which was matched by Clemson University for a total of $1.5 million. The purpose of the MOU and funding was to digitize 3 million pages of bound materials and over 200,000 archival items from the U.S. National Park Service and South Carolina, Georgia and North Carolina state parks.
Link to the NPS repository here.

In 2012, we signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the World Bank Global Tiger Initiative and began the work to provide a common platform for all 'Tiger Range Nations' in their effort to double the world’s wild tiger population.