Studienarbeit aus dem Jahr 2014 im Fachbereich Anglistik - Kultur und Landeskunde, , Sprache: Deutsch, Abstract: According to the National Park Service, there are 59 national parks in the United States. No one is like another, each has distinctive features. But what is a national park, really? Therefore, the term 'National Park' gets clarified right in the first section. In the next section, the history of the North American National Parks is treated, the part of the continent in which the national park idea has its origin. To preserve the beauty of nature, however, it is imperative that you deal meaningfully with her. Therefore, the next part is all about the National Park Service, which has set itself the goal of preserving and protecting the national parks. The second part is dedicated to the Yellowstone National Park, as the very first national park in the world. For the understanding of this unique area, it is necessary to provide a brief overview of the areas of geography and geology, volcanism, fauna and flora. The topic of tourism is not precisely explained, because in essence, the national parks are intended to serve as nature reserves and not as tourist attractions.