- Technical Assistance / Around the World
- Sister Parks
- World Heritage in the U.S.
- International Volunteers
- International Visitors
The National Park Service is involved in a variety of international activities. The Service provides Technical Assistance and Exchange to a variety of nations around the world.
Sharing expertise with visiting park and conservation professionals, in addition to the National Park Service’s overseas technical missions, demonstrates the full-range commitment of the Park Service in its contributions to global environmental conservation.
Several NPS sites have established "sister park" relationships in the last few years with national parks in other countries. These partnerships increase information sharing and direct park-to-park contacts to address many of the common issues mentioned above, primarily through improved telecommunications technologies.
To read more about the NPS Sister Parks Program, click here.
The United States established Yellowstone as a national park in 1872 and initiated the worldwide movement to protect such areas as national treasures. One hundred years later, during the Nixon administration, the United States proposed the World Heritage Convention to the international community and was the first nation to ratify it. The World Heritage Convention, the most widely accepted international conservation treaty in human history, is the American national park idea being carried out worldwide.
|Every year, more than one hundred individuals from all over the world volunteer in America's National Parks. The International Volunteers-in-Parks Program (IVIP) benefits both the individual volunteer and the National Park Service. Click here to learn more.|
Park and protected area professionals from around the globe and other foreign dignitaries frequently travel to the United States to learn more about the National Park Service (NPS) and how it manages the National Park System. The Office of International Affairs frequently hosts International Visitors to Washington and to a great many units of the NPS.