U.S. parks

Park ranger speaking and gesturing to two tourists (© Jeffrey Greenberg/Universal Images Group/Getty Images)

How public parks honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Learn about the significance of parks and trails named after Martin Luther King Jr. and how parks, and access to them, shaped his activism.
Betty Reid Soskin in park ranger uniform sitting in front of building (Luther Bailey/NPS)

A century-old park ranger tells America’s story

Many National Park Service rangers tell the story of the United States from firsthand experience. Betty Reid Soskin has a century's worth.
Blue sky seen through rock formations with river and small trees (© Kojihirano/Shutterstock)

Biden restores original protections to 3 national monuments

President Biden recently restored original protections to three national monuments in the United States. Learn more about each here.
Photo showing fossilized human footprints (© National Park Service/AP Images)

Oldest human fossil footprints in North America found in New Mexico

Scientists discovered human footprints in New Mexico believed to be 23,000 years old. The findings could aid research on the last ice age.
Waterfall in forest by body of water (© Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket/Getty Images)

Biden administration restores protections for Tongass National Forest

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced new protections for the nation's largest national forest, which houses over 400 species of wildlife.
Line of people viewing erupting geyser (© Dave Stamboulis/Alamy)

The 5 most popular national parks during the pandemic [photo gallery]

July 31 is World Ranger Day! Learn about five of America's most visited national parks (there are 423 parks total) and what keeps guests coming back.
Buildings on Mackinac Island (© David R. Frazier Photolibrary, Inc./Alamy)

What makes a National Historic Landmark?

Culturally and historically significant locations are eligible for federal funding as National Historic Landmark sites. Learn more about the designation.
Rocky Mountain goat standing on cliff with mountains in distance (© Viktor Posnov/Alamy)

Sister Parks program links countries around the world

The United States is a partner with more than 30 countries around the world through the Sister Parks program, promoting environmental conservation.
Wildflowers on mountainside (NPS/James Pfeiffenberger)

Five national parks to visit virtually

Can't travel to these five national parks right now? Through a National Park Service partnership with Google, anyone can enjoy nature from their home.