National Park Service

National Park Service

Since 1916, the American people have entrusted the National Park Service with the care of their national parks. With the help of volunteers and park partners, we are proud to safeguard these nearly 400 places and to share their stories with more than 275 million visitors every year. But our work doesn't stop there.

We are proud that tribes, local governments, nonprofit organizations, businesses, and individual citizens ask for our help in revitalizing their communities preserving local history, celebrating local heritage, and creating close to home opportunities for kids and families to get outside, be active, and have fun.

Taking care of the national parks and helping Americans take care of their communities is a job we love, and we need - and welcome - your help and support.

Featured Projects

  • Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail

    Between 1607 and 1609 Englishman John Smith and a small crew of adventurers explored and documented thousands of miles of the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers. Four hundred years later, the U.S. Congress designated the routes of Smith's voyages in the Chesapeake as the first national water trail.

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