The Learning Center of the American Southwest (LCAS) is 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 primary focus of the Learning Center is to present the results of research and monitoring to land managers, students, researchers, policy makers, and the interested public, and to promote mission-oriented research within the region. The Learning Center covers forty-eight parks and protected areas across seven states. The National Park Service developed Research Learning Centers as public-private partnerships that encourage the sharing of scientific information about the parks, facilitate research efforts, and provide opportunities for the public to learn about the national parks.