National Park Service

The National Park Service is part of the United States Department of the Interior. The National Park Service looks after many natural landscapes and historic and archaeological places and buildings.

The office opened in 1916. The United States Secretary of the Interior appoints a director to head the office in Washington, D.C.

There are more than 400 areas in the National Park System. Of these, 59 are national parks.[1]

The Service also keeps the National Register of Historic Places.


  1. Budget Justifications and Performance Information, Fiscal Year 2008, National Park Service

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