The United States has 59 protected areas known as national parks that are operated by the National Park Service, an agency of the Department of the Interior. National parks must be established by an act of the United States Congress. The first national park, Yellowstone, was signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant in 1872, followed by Mackinac National Park in 1875 (decommissioned in 1895), and then Rock Creek Park (later merged into National Capital Parks), Sequoia and Yosemite in 1890. The Organic Act of 1916 created the National Park Service "to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and wildlife therein, and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations." Many current National Parks had been previously protected as National Monuments by the President under the Antiquities Act before being upgraded by Congress. Seven national parks (including six in Alaska) are paired with a National Preserve, areas with different levels of protection that are administered together but considered separate units and whose areas are not included in the figures below.

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  • "Without question, our public lands are America’s treasure." - Secretary Ryan Zinke We, the men and women of the National Park Service, couldn't agree more! We’re excited to welcome Secretary Zinke at national parks across the country. #FindYourPark Video clip courtesy of C-SPAN Music: Dexter Britain "Happy Together"

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  • Prince William Forest Park (PRWI) realizes the importance of engaging youth in historic preservation and supports the partnership with the West Virginia Citizens Conservation Corps, National Trust and the HOPE crew. The formation of the program supports and helps train youth in historic preservation crafts such as carpentry and masonry. These technical skills are necessary for the specialized work...

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  • Where will this summer take you? Young people ages 35 and under are invited to discover internship opportunities in national parks. YOU could be the next generation to preserve and protect these great places! Learn more about National Park Service Youth Programs here: www.nps.gov/youthprograms #FindYourPark Music: Miste "Autumn Leaves" (Props to our Intern Adrienne for all her great work on th...

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  • Seasons Greenings From the National Park Service and the U.S. Botanic Garden The U.S. Botanic Garden's Holiday Show, "Seasons Greenings," features over 50 national parks, monuments, and historic sites in celebration of the National Park Service Centennial and 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act. Come along with us as we explore this festive display of our nation's natural a...

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  • A young veteran suffering from PTSD describes how getting out and paddling with other veterans on the Namekagon River, participating in the Vets on the River Program at the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, has helped him. https://www.nps.gov/sacn St. Croix National Scenic Riverway https://www.nps.gov/sacn Author/Credit: Jake Pope, NPS

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  • They're yours you know? The National Park Service is 100 years old on August 25, 2016. This video will take you from 0-100. Credit/Author: National Park Service, Mathew John Track: Cis Minor, "Today I Am Happy, As Never Before" Footage Provided by and Belongs to (Restricted): Florentine Films | Will & Jim Pattiz - More Than Just Parks | Jesse Rosten | Renan Ozturk -Camp 4 Collective and Entropy...

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  • National Park Week, April 16 to 24, 2016, is America's largest celebration of national heritage. It's about making great connections, exploring amazing places, discovering open spaces, enjoying affordable vacations and enhancing America’s best idea—the national parks! It's all happening in your national parks. For more information visit: http://www.nps.gov/findapark/national-park-week.htm http:/...

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  • La Semana de los Parques Nacionales, del 16 al 24 de abril, 2016, es la mayor celebración de cultura nacional de los Estados Unidos. Consiste en hacer grandes conexiones, explorar lugares increíbles, descubrir espacios abiertos, disfrutar vacaciones accesibles y fomentar la mejor idea americana—¡los parques nacionales! Todo está sucediendo en tus parques nacionales. Para más información, visite: ...

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  • "Without question, our public lands are America’s treasure." - Secretary Ryan Zinke We, the men and women of the National Park Service, couldn't agree more! We’re excited to welcome Secretary Zinke at national parks across the country. #FindYourPark Video clip courtesy of C-SPAN Music: Dexter Britain "Happy Together"

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  • Prince William Forest Park (PRWI) realizes the importance of engaging youth in historic preservation and supports the partnership with the West Virginia Citizens Conservation Corps, National Trust and the HOPE crew. The formation of the program supports and helps train youth in historic preservation crafts such as carpentry and masonry. These technical skills are necessary for the specialized work...

National Park Service
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  • Where will this summer take you? Young people ages 35 and under are invited to discover internship opportunities in national parks. YOU could be the next generation to preserve and protect these great places! Learn more about National Park Service Youth Programs here: www.nps.gov/youthprograms #FindYourPark Music: Miste "Autumn Leaves" (Props to our Intern Adrienne for all her great work on th...

National Park Service
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  • Seasons Greenings From the National Park Service and the U.S. Botanic Garden The U.S. Botanic Garden's Holiday Show, "Seasons Greenings," features over 50 national parks, monuments, and historic sites in celebration of the National Park Service Centennial and 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act. Come along with us as we explore this festive display of our nation's natural a...

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  • A young veteran suffering from PTSD describes how getting out and paddling with other veterans on the Namekagon River, participating in the Vets on the River Program at the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, has helped him. https://www.nps.gov/sacn St. Croix National Scenic Riverway https://www.nps.gov/sacn Author/Credit: Jake Pope, NPS

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