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What are National Parks?


A National park is an area set aside by a national government for the preservation of the natural environment. A national park may be set aside for purposes of public recreation and enjoyment or because of its historical or scientific interest. Most of the landscapes and their accompanying plants and animals in a national park are kept in their natural state. The national parks in the United States and Canada tend to focus on the protection of both land and wildlife, those in the United Kingdom focus mainly on the land, and those in Africa primarily exist to conserve animals.(Continue Reading from Encyclopaedia Britannica)

Become a Junior Ranger


The National Parks Service Junior Ranger program is an activity based program conducted in almost all parks. Want to become a Junior Ranger? Visit the Junior Ranger page of the NPS.

Local Information


Did you know there are National Parks in every state? Learn more about parks in Connecticut and New York. How many will you visit or have already visited?

Learn more about National Parks

Find your Virtual Park from National Park Service

Explore Parks from National Park Foundation

Five National Parks you can visit virtually from Travel + Leisure

Best US National Parks from US News and World Report

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