The U.S. National Park Service celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2016. In honor of the centennial, we will be sharing 100 facts, from the basic to the bizarre, to inspire you to join in the celebration at one of the many beautiful national parks across the country.
To begin, here are 12 things you may not have known about the makeup and history of U.S. national parks:
1) The National Park Service (NPS) manages 411 sites.
2) Of those, 59 are national parks.
3) The remaining sites include national memorials, seashores, historic sites, battlefields and more.