America invented National Parks with the establishment of Yellowstone in 1872. Today, our National Park System has grown to over 400 units, including such legendary places as Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Great Smoky Mountains, Independence Hall, Mount Rushmore, and the Statue of Liberty. With good reason, our National Parks have been called “America’s best idea.”
But our National Park System is far from complete. There are hundreds of priceless natural landscapes and historic sites that qualify to be new parks. There are also dozens of existing national parks that could be expanded. Most of these areas are threatened by mounting development pressures, so now is the time to preserve these irreplaceable treasures before they are lost forever.
Please join us in advocating for new parks by reading our blog, listening to our podcast, commenting, and visiting our map. Learning about ongoing conservation efforts is the first step in protecting these lesser-known areas for future generations.