Frequently Asked Questions
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Q: Does Dayton Aviation Heritage NHP have planes on display?
Q: How old is the National Park Service?
A: The National Park Service was created by an Act (commonly referred to as the Parks Organic Act) signed by President Woodrow Wilson on August 25, 1916.
Q: Who was the first Director of the National Park Service?
A: The first National Park Service Director was Stephen T. Mather. Director Mather officially led the agency from 1917 to 1929. Director Mather oversaw the guidance of the national parks before the NPS was established as an agency when he went to Washington, D.C. in 1915 and served under Secretary of the Interior Franklin K. Lane. The current Director of the agency is Jonathan B. Jarvis.
Q: How many areas are there in the National Park system?
A: The National Park System consists of 409 sites (as of 02/01/16) covering more than 84 million acres. Every state including the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands is home to at least one NPS site. These areas include national parks, monuments, battlefields, military parks, historic parks, historic sites, lakeshores, seashores, recreation areas, scenic rivers and trails, and the White House.
Q: What is the origin of the National Park Service arrowhead?
A: The arrowhead was authorized as the official National Park Service emblem by the Secretary of the Interior on July 20, 1951. The Sequoia tree and bison represent vegetation and wildlife values, the mountains and water represent scenic and recreational values, and the arrowhead represents historical and archeological values. It was registered February 9, 1965, by the U.S. Patent Office as the official emblem of the NPS.
Q: What other National Park Service sites are there in Ohio?
A: The National Park Service has a total of eight national park sites in Ohio in addition to Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park. Click on a site's full name to be taken there. Each park's "alpha code" is bolded in parenthesis. See map at bottom of page for geographic locations of these Ohio NPS sites. Click on the park's picture on the map to be taken to their website.
SOUTHERN OHIO NPS GROUP
OHIO'S OTHER NPS SITES