National Park Service

The National Park Service (NPS) is an agency of the federal government of the United States that manages all national parks, many national monuments, and other conservation and historical properties with various title designations.[3] The United States Congress created the agency on August 25, 1916 through the National Park Service Organic Act.[4]

National Park Service
National Park Service arrowhead insignia
Guidon of the National Park Service
Agency overview
FormedAugust 25, 1916; 105 years ago (1916-08-25)
JurisdictionUnited States federal government
HeadquartersMain Interior Building
1849 C Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20240
EmployeesApprox. 20,000 (2021)[1] (279,000 volunteers in 2019)[1]
Annual budget$3.123 billion (FY2021)[2]
Agency executive
  • Shawn Benge, Exercising the Delegated Authority of the Director
Parent departmentDepartment of the Interior

The NPS is an operating unit of the United States Department of the Interior. The agency is charged with a dual role of preserving the ecological and historical integrity of the places entrusted to its management while also making them available and accessible for public use and enjoyment.

In 2018, the NPS employed approximately 12,363 employees who oversaw 423 units, of which 63 were designated national parks.[5][6]