Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Happy 100th Anniversary, National Park Service

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Happy 100th Anniversary, National Park Service

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On August 25, 1916, the National Park Service Organic Act was passed by Congress and approved by President Woodrow Wilson, creating the National Park Service. This Act was born out of a need to better manage and protect the 14 national parks and 21 national monuments that existed prior to the creation of the National Park Service. Thanks to the efforts of the explorers, artists and countless others who through the years have advocated for the protection of some of the most stunningly beautiful natural areas of our country, the National Park System now includes 412 official units covering more than 84 million acres in every state, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Following are some interesting facts about this agency, celebrating its 100th year, and some if the amazing features it oversees:

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1872

Year in which Yellowstone National Park was established by Congress as nation's first national park.

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20,310 feet (6,190 m)

Denali (aka Mount McKinley) the highest mountain peak in North America is located in Denali National Park and Preserve.

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307,247,252

The number of visitors to the national parks in 2015

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