Most people know that the National Park Service cares for national parks, a network of nearly 400 natural, cultural and recreational sites across the nation. The
treasures in this system — the first of its kind in the world -have been set aside by the American people to preserve, protect, and share, the legacies of
this land. People from all around the world visit national parks to experience America's story, marvel at the natural wonders, and have fun.
The mission of the National Park Service is to preserve unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the
enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.
By the Act of March 1, 1872, Congress established Yellowstone National Park in the Territories of Montana and Wyoming "as a public park or
pleasuring-ground for the benefit and enjoyment of the people" and placed it "under exclusive control of the Secretary of the Interior." The
founding of Yellowstone National Park began a worldwide national park movement. Today more than 100 nations contain some 1,200 national parks or equivalent