The definition of a national park is a public space maintained by the federal government which preserves nature, history or science for visitors.
National Park Facts
- A national park is a section of land that has been acquired by the United States government as a means of preservation for both land and the animals that are indigenous to the area the park encompasses.
- National parks are protected land. They cannot be developed.
- They are public space, which is there for the use and enjoyment of everyone.
- The United States has over 50 areas within the country that are designated as national park systems.
- The Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve in Alaska is over 13.1 million acres, topping the list of all 58 national parks in terms of overall size and area.
- The smallest national park system in America is Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial Park in Pennsylvania which spans just over 2000 acres.
- The United States National Park System employs over 20,000 people on a paid professional basis, and also employs over 145,000 volunteers.
Beautiful Yosemite National Park.
(plural national parks)
- An area of land reserved by the national government for recreational use.