National Parks

1990 25¢ Cape Hatteras Lighthouse stamp
January 12, 1953

Cape Hatteras National Seashore

On January 12, 1953, Cape Hatteras became America’s first national seashore. Stretched over 70 miles of barrier islands, this seashore is a fascinating combination of natural and cultural resources.

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1947 3¢ Everglades National Park stamp
December 6, 1947

Dedication of Everglades National Park

On December 6, 1947, President Harry Truman presided over the dedication of Florida’s Everglades National Park.  It’s the largest tropical wilderness in the United States and the third largest park in the country. 

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2016 47¢ National Parks Centennial: Glacier Bay stamp
December 2, 1980

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

On December 2, 1980, President Jimmy Carter established Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve in Alaska. Today the park is part of one of the world’s largest international protected areas.

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2016 47¢ Theodore Roosevelt National Park stamp
November 10, 1978

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

On November 10, 1978, Theodore Roosevelt National Park was established on North Dakota. Roosevelt’s time in the Badlands inspired his conservation efforts as president, establishing over 200 protected areas.

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2006 39c Great Basin, Largest Desert stamp
October 27, 1986

Great Basin National Park

On October 27, 1986, Great Basin National Park was established in Nevada.  The park protects ancient bristlecone pines, Wheeler Peak Glacier, and more.

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1978 13¢ Indian Head Penny stamp
October 25, 1949

Effigy Mounds National Monument

Effigy Mounds National Monument in Iowa was established on October 25, 1949. The monument protects and interprets the history behind about 200 mounds built by Native Americans centuries ago.

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2004 5¢ Sea Coast, die cut 11 1/2 vertical stamp
October 23, 1972

Cumberland Island National Seashore

On October 23, 1972, Cumberland Island National Seashore was officially established in Georgia. Cumberland Island is the largest sea island in the southeastern United States and the most biodiverse of Georgia’s barrier islands.

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1958 4¢ Forest Conservation stamp
September 10, 1875

The American Forestry Association

The American Forestry Association was founded on September 10, 1875, in Chicago, Illinois. It’s one of America’s oldest national conservation organizations, with a mission of “Creating Healthy and Resilient Forests, from Cities to Wilderness, that Deliver Essential Benefits for Climate, People, Water and Wildlife.”

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2016 National Parks Centennial: Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park stamp
August 26, 1992

Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park

The Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park was established in Vermont on August 26, 1992. It’s the first national park in the country created to honor the history of conservation.

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