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Among Both Visitors and Staff, National Park Service Looks to Grow Diversity

As the National Park Service celebrates its centennial this August, the agency is turning its focus to making sure both visitors and staff are more diverse

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    The Grand Canyon National Park in northern Arizona, USA. The National Park Service launched an effort to diversify who visits the parks across the country.

    The National Park Service is working to diversify visitors to parks -- and staffers -- across the country, NBC News reported.

    As the National Park Service celebrates its centennial this August, the agency is turning its focus to making sure both visitors and staff are more diverse. The National Park Service had record high attendance last year — 307 million visitors, to be precise — but fewer than 20 percent of those attendees were minorities.

    This is a stark contrast from the country's actual makeup. According to Census data, minorities comprise nearly 40 percent of the nation.