National Park Service Mission Statement
The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources of the national park system for the enjoyment, education and inspiration of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world.
Did You Know?
The two original groups of settlers (1877-78) came from central Kentucky into a totally different environment of dry grassland, limestone soil, and almost no trees.