National Park Service

Coordinates: 38°53′40″N 77°02′33″W / 38.8944°N 77.0426°W / 38.8944; -77.0426

National Park Service
National Park Service arrowhead insignia
Guidon of the United States National Park Service.svg
Guidon of the National Park Service
Agency overview
FormedAugust 25, 1916 (1916-08-25)
JurisdictionUnited States government
  • Main Interior Building
  • 1849 C Street NW
  • Washington, D.C.
  • 20240
EmployeesApprox. 20,000 (2022)[1] (279,000 volunteers in 2019)[1]
Annual budget$3.265 billion (FY2022)[2]
Agency executive
Parent departmentDepartment of the Interior

The National Park Service (NPS) is an agency of the United States federal government headquartered at the Main Interior Building in Washington, D.C. that manages all national parks, most national monuments, and other natural, historical, and recreational properties with various title designations.[3] The United States Congress created the agency on August 25, 1916 through the National Park Service Organic Act.[4]

The NPS is under the United States Department of the Interior. The agency is charged with a dual role of preserving the ecological and historical integrity of the places entrusted to its management while also making them available and accessible for public use and enjoyment.

The NPS employs approximately 20,000 people in 423 individual units covering over 85M acres in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and US territories.[5][6][7] As of 2019, they had more than 279,000 volunteers.[7]

  1. ^ a b "Frequently Asked Questions". National Park Service. Retrieved July 19, 2021.
  2. ^ Laura B. Comay (May 19, 2022). National Park Service: FY2022 Appropriations (Report). Congressional Research Service. p. 1. Retrieved May 25, 2022.
  3. ^ "America's Public Lands Explained". June 10, 2016. Retrieved April 20, 2022.
  4. ^ "The National Park Service Organic Act (1916)". National Park Service.
  5. ^ "What We Do". National Park Service. June 9, 2021. Archived from the original on April 18, 2022. Retrieved April 20, 2022.
  6. ^ "National Park System". National Park Service. March 18, 2022. Archived from the original on April 20, 2022. Retrieved April 20, 2022.
  7. ^ a b "Frequently Asked Questions". National Park Service. February 25, 2022. Archived from the original on April 18, 2022. Retrieved April 20, 2022.

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