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Facts about The National Park Service for Kids

Gathered these Facts
  • The National Park Service (NPS) is the U.S. federal agency that manages all national parks, many national monuments, and other conservation and historical properties with various title designations.
  • It was created on August 25, 1916, by Congress through the National Park Service Organic Act.
  • It is an agency of the United States Department of the Interior, a federal executive department whose head, the Secretary of the Interior, is a Cabinet officer nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate.
  • Most of the direct management of the NPS is delegated by the Secretary to the National Park Service Director, who must also be confirmed by the Senate.
  • In 1951, Conrad Wirth became director of the National Park Service and went to work on bringing park facilities up to the standards that the public expected.
  • The National Park System (NPS) includes all properties managed by the National Park Service.
  • In addition to administering its units and other properties, the National Park Service also provides technical and financial assistance to several “affiliated areas” authorized by Congress.
  • The United States Park Police funds cover the high-profile law enforcement operations at some of the large parks; i.e., Gateway National Recreation Area, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and the National Mall.
  • Grants will be made to states and local communities to preserve and protect Civil War battlefield sites that are not park of the national park system.