The National Parks are placed under the supervision of the National Parks Service, an agency of the Department of the Interior. Criteria for the selection of National Parks include their; natural beauty, unique geological features, unusual ecosystems and recreational opportunities. These criteria are not always considered together.
National Monuments are also National Parks. They differ in that they are frequently chosen for their historical or archaeological significance. The first National Park, Yellowstone, was signed into law in 1872. The newest National Park, Pinnacles was upgraded to national park status in 2013.
27 states have National Parks, as do the territories of American Samoa and the United States Virgin Islands. California has the most with 9, Alaska 8, Utah 5 and Colorado 4.
The 93 slide presentation was created for the purpose of enjoyment. It covers a state by state presentation, in alphabetical order, of each of the National Parks. Each slide of a park will contain a brief summary of the park, including some its features and suggested reasons for visiting the park of your choice.
Having visited many of these parks, to me, these parks are national treasures that I hope every citizen someday has the opportunity to visit one or more of these and fall in love them as I have. Hopefully the presentation will draw your students to that goal or even introduce them to a career in working in the national Park System!
This is one of several "companion" power point presentations that I offer on...National Parks, Landmarks & Construction projects,