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Looking after Snowdonia

The main aim of the Snowdonia National Park is to look after the landscape and communities of Snowdonia for the future. This work is shared with other agencies in order to secure the future of Snowdonia for years to come. The history of National Parks goes back over a hundred years!

The History of National Parks

The history behind establishing National Parks began in the United States of America around 150 years ago. The government decided it needed to protect large areas of land on the continent for the future. As a result, the American government founded the very first National Parks. The first to be established was Yellowstone National Park in 1872. It proved such a popular idea that National Parks were established all over the world!

The concept and importance of National Parks has now spread all over the world with more than 6,500 having now been established on every continent with more being added to the list every year.

Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park

National Parks Around The World

  • 1879 - The first National Park in Australia - The Royal.
  • 1885 - The first National Park in New Zealand - Tongarivo.
  • 1909 - The first National Park in Europe was established in Sweden.
  • 1925 - The first National Park in Africa - Virunga.

UK National Parks

Click on the link UK National Parks to find out more about the National Parks in the United Kingdom.