Coast to Coast Diversity in the National Park System
 
General Diversity: The National Park System includes 376 vastly diverse units with more than 20
different titles that embrace over 83 million acres across the country. The National Park System
represents significant aspects of our country's historic, cultural, professional, natural, and recreational
heritage.

Historic Diversity: The National Park System commemorates the pioneering efforts of
homesteaders, miners, and ranchers across the country. The diversity of individual park areas ranges
from the first shots of the Revolutionary War to the individuals who carried on the fight for freedom.

     Homestead National Monument of America, NE; Klondike Gold Rush National Historic
     Park, AK; Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site, MT; Minute Man National
     Historical Park, MA; Women's Rights National Historical Park, NY; The National Park
     of American Samoa

Cultural Diversity: The National Park System celebrates the nation's cultural diversity by
commemorating American Indians, Pacific Islanders, Alaska Natives, African Americans, Spanish
pioneers, and European and Asian immigrants who were integral to the development of our country.

     Chaco Culture National Historic Park, NM; Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical
     Park, HI; Cape Krusenstern National Monument, AK; Martin Luther King, Jr. National
     Historic Site, GA; San Antonio Missions National Historical Park: Ellis Island National
     Monument, NY; Golden Gate National Recreation Area, CA; The National Park
     of American Samoa
 

Professional Diversity: The system acknowledges the contributions of nationally significant
individuals ranging from sculptors, writers, and performers to politicians, statesmen, and bankers.

     St. Gaudens National Historic Site, NH; Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site,
     NC; Wolf Trap Farm Park for the Performing Arts, VA; Harry S. Truman National
     Historic Site, MO; Thomas Jefferson Memorial, DC; Maggie L. Walker National
     Historic Site, VA,; Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site,

Natural Diversity: The National Park System recognizes the great natural wonders of our country
and manages parks that range from the geysers of Yellowstone National Park and the granite
domes of Yosemite National Park to the volcano’s of Hawaii Volcano National Park and the beaches
of Virgin Island National Park.

Experience Diversity: The system embraces 18 national recreation areas from the East Coast's
Cape Cod National Seashore in Massachusetts to the West Coast's Golden Gate National
Recreation Area in California. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia and
Appalachian National Scenic Trail represent areas that are designated specifically for
recreation--they are the nations' playgrounds.
 
 
 
 
 

Prepared by PWRPA:1998