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National Parks. Brianna R. & Shawn M. National Parks. A reserve of land that a state owns 84 million acres of protected National Park land Over 58 National Parks in the United State Over 400 sites including historic buildings, monuments, battlefields, and seashores

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National parks

National Parks

Brianna R. & Shawn M.


National parks1
National Parks

  • A reserve of land that a state owns

  • 84 million acres of protected National Park land

  • Over 58 National Parks in the United State

    • Over 400 sites including historic buildings, monuments, battlefields, and seashores

    • More than 275 million visitors each year

  • Criteria includes beauty, geological features, ecosystems, and recreation

  • Spread throughout 27 states


Conservation
Conservation

  • Teddy Roosevelt was a big supporter:

    • 32nd President of United States (“Conservationist President”)

    • Established 51 Federal Bird Reservations, 4 National Game Preserves, 140 National Forests, 5 National Parks, 18, National Monuments

    • Birth place is now considered a national historic site in New York City


Junior ranger program
Junior Ranger Program

  • Gives youngest visitors opportunity to uniquely explore the parks with their families

  • Allows kids to become engaged and interested

  • Badges and/or certificates can be earned when the program is completed



Yellowstone national park1
Yellowstone National Park

  • Established in 1872 in Wyoming, extending into Montana and Idaho

  • First national park in the United States

  • Famous for its geysers

    • “Old Faithful”=most popular

  • Inhabited by grizzly bears, wolves, bison, elk, and many others

  • Hiking, camping, boating, fishing, and sightseeing are recreational activities offered by the park



Grand canyon1
Grand Canyon

  • Located in Arizona

  • Colorado River carved the steep-sided canyon many years ago

  • 277 miles long, 18 miles wide, depth of over a mile!

  • Inhabited by 34 mammal species

    • 18 rodents, 8 bats

  • Nearly 5 million visitors a year

  • Camping, hiking, rafting among recreational activities

    • Canyon traveled by mule, foot, and kayak



Great smoky mountains1
Great Smoky Mountains

  • Created in 1934

  • Serves as the border between Tennessee and North Carolina

  • Most visited of the National Parks with over 9 million tourists a year

  • Hiking, camping, and fishing among the most popular recreational activities

  • Gets its name from a constant fog that hangs over the mountains (“Smokies”)

  • 187,000 acres of old growth forest

  • Receives heavy rainfall/snowfall each year (flooding)



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