Last updated: December 7, 2017
Park biologists, volunteers, administrators, interns, law enforcement officers and many more wear the National Park Service Arrowhead with pride. It is a symbol, for many, of our nation’s treasures and hope as we continue into the future. The NPS Arrowhead ties strongly with our mission.
“The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.”
The arrowhead was authorized as the official National Park Service emblem by the Secretary of Interior on July 20, 1951. The elements of the emblem symbolize the major facets of the National Park Service. It is an emblem that symbolizes the things that we, as an organization, care for and care about.
The Arrowhead: The arrowhead shape represents historical and archaeological treasures.
The Tree and grassland: The Sequoia tree and grassland represents all vegetation, which is continuously monitored and restored.
The Mountains: The mountains represent land formations, scenery, and recreational opportunities, such as hiking.
The Bison: The bison represents all wildlife.
The Lake: The lake represents water and recreational opportunities, such as kayaking and riverwalking.
The “National Park Service”: The text represents this unit of the U.S. government that was founded in 1916 by President Woodrow Wilson under the Organic Act.
The Arrowhead through the century continues to be a symbol of “America’s best idea,” the National Park Service.