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About This QuizThe founding fathers of the United States got it right. Set aside huge areas of the most beautiful parts of the country and deem them national parks. Since then, other nations have done the same in the name of preserving our planet's natural wonders.
What was the first U.S. national park?
Though there is some dispute, most people agree that the first U.S. national park was Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.
Which U.S. president was the most instrumental in the creation of national parks?
Though Jackson and Lincoln did their part early on, the father of the national park system was Theodore Roosevelt.
What country followed America's lead first in creating its own national park?
They came from a land down under. That's right -- it was Australia's Royal National Park.
Which department oversees the U.S. National Parks Service?
U.S. Wildlife Service
Fish and Game Commission
Department of the Interior
Even though it's a very "exterior" job, it's handled by the Department of the Interior.
What's the only U.S. state that does not have a national park?
There are plenty of parks in Delaware, but none of them are national parks.
How many paid employees are there in the U.S. national park system?
The national park system employs 20,000 full-time and seasonal employees.
How many volunteers work in the U.S. national park system?
Volunteers are the backbone of the national park system, with 145,000 chipping in every year.
How many visitors hit up U.S. national parks each year?
More than 270,000,000
National Parks are big business in the tourism industry, with more than 270,000,000 visitors passing through the gates each year.
Less than 180,000,000
Between 190,000,000 and 200,000,000
What's the largest U.S. national park?
Wrangell St. Elias
Alaska is where it's at -- it's Wrangell St. Elias though, not Denali.
How small is the smallest national park in the United States?
0.02 square miles (0.05 square kilometers)
It may be hard to believe, but Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial in Pennsylvania is only 0.02 square miles (0.05 square kilometers).
237 square miles (613 square kilometers)
376 square miles (973 square kilometers)
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