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What Is The National Park Service? Explore 7 Awesome Parks (Slideshow)

What Is The National Park Service? Explore 7 Awesome Parks (Slideshow)
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Care2 Earth Month: Back to Basics

This year, Care2 decided to expand Earth Day into Earth Month, since there is so much to explore when it comes to the environment. Every day in April, well have a post about some of the most important topics for the environment, exploring and explaining the basics. Its a great tool to help you get started with helping the environment or help explain it to others. See the whole series here.

America’s national parks are some of the primary reasons I never moved back to my native UK. There are a total of 397 parks, covering more than 84 million acres, and they include national parks, monuments, battlefields, military parks, historical parks, historic sites, lakeshores, seashores, recreation areas, scenic rivers and trails and even the White House.

The official mission of the National Park Service (NPS), which is a bureau of the Department of the Interior, is to preserve unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education and inspiration of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world.

The nation’s first National Park was Yellowstone, established by an Act signed by President Ulysses S. Grant on March 1, 1872, but the Park Service itself was not created until August 25, 1916, when President Woodrow Wilson signed it into law.

And, no surprise, a lot of people appreciate this natural beauty: 281,303,769 recreation visitors came to the National Parks in 2010.

Here Are 7 Awesome Parks:

At Olympic National Park in Washington, go floating!

First Photo: szeke; second photo: Harry Hunt

 

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6:15AM PDT on Aug 25, 2012

we have many beautiful parks here in canada as well

6:14AM PDT on Aug 25, 2012

so many beautiful places to visit

2:19PM PDT on Jul 29, 2012

Awesome, thank you for sharing!

2:18PM PDT on Jul 29, 2012

Awesome, thank you for sharing!

2:17PM PDT on Jul 29, 2012

Awesome, thank you for sharing!

2:17PM PDT on Jul 29, 2012

Awesome, thank you for sharing!

6:29PM PDT on Jun 26, 2012

beautiful

9:27PM PDT on Apr 24, 2012

thanks

12:27AM PDT on Apr 17, 2012

Thanks for the article.

8:46AM PDT on Apr 15, 2012

amazing

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