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Theodore Roosevelt 1858–1919
President Who Created National Parks

Theodore Roosevelt was born in New York City. As a boy, he loved nature. He liked hunting and camping. When he was older, he traveled out west because he loved the mountains and plains.

Roosevelt grew up to become President of the United States. As President, he thought it was important to keep land and water free of buildings and pollution. He worked for new laws to protect forests, rivers, and other natural resources. Roosevelt wanted to make sure that special places like the Grand Canyon were protected forever. So he created national parks and forests. He made safe areas for animals to live. The government takes care of these lands. People can also use and enjoy them. Maybe you will think of President Theodore Roosevelt the next time you visit a national park.

Comprehension Check

What did Roosevelt do to protect the environment?

Critical Thinking

Why did Theodore Roosevelt create national parks and forests?