The united states congress created the agency on august 25 1916 through the national park service organic act. The national park service nps is an agency of the federal government of the united states that manages all national parks many national monuments and other conservation and historical properties with various title designations.
The nps is an operating unit of the united states.
Us national parks service. Territories as of august 2019. There are currently 419 official national park service units in the united states the district of columbia and u s. The us national parks service nps has gone viral on facebook over the weekend after dishing out some particularly enjoyable advice on what to do in the event of a bear attack.
The national park service partners with local communities to assist in historic preservation and the creation and maintenance of recreational spaces. Stay connected with national parks across the country with online resources to help you find your virtual park. The united states has 62 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 a bill creating the first national park yellowstone was signed into law by president ulysses s.
The national park service cares for the more than 400 national parks in the united states. Of these 62 have a national park designation. In 2016 roughly 331 million people visited sites within the national park system.
This month s national park getaway take a virtual trip to the us virgin islands to explore history and nature above and under water at buck island reef national monument. The national park service today oversees 417 parks and monuments covering more than 84 million acres. Grant in 1872 followed by mackinac national park in 1875.
This list includes all units managed by the national park system including national parks national monuments national historic sites national battlefields national preserves and other related sites.