A Call to Action - Getting Ready For 2016

Three women playing violins in an orchestra
The Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival String Orchestra performs at the Denali Music Festival. (NPS Photo- Alex Vanderstuyf)
  • Three women playing violins in an orchestra

    The Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival String Orchestra performs at the Denali Music Festival. (NPS Photo- Alex Vanderstuyf)

  • S C A Trail Crew members raising their arms in celebration

    Student Conservation Association Trail Crew celebrates their work on the trail in Lake Clark NP from the historic cabin. (Photo- SCA)

  • Youth crews with shovels and hard hats work along a trail

    Youth crews building a new trail and amphitheater at the Copper Center Visitor Center in Wrangell - St. Elias NP. (NPS Photo)

  • A National Park volunteer stands before a group with a cabin in the background

    A National Park volunteer gives a tour for wounded veterans and their spouses in Lake Clark National Park. (NPS Photo)

In 2016, the National Park Service marks its 100th anniversary - a defining moment that offers an opportunity to reflect on and celebrate our accomplishments as we prepare for a new century of stewardship and engagement.

America has changed dramatically since the birth of the National Park Service in 1916. Our roots lie in the parks' majestic, often isolated natural wonders and in places that exemplify our cultural heritage, but our work now extends to places difficult to imagine 100 years ago - into urban centers, across rural landscapes, deep within oceans, and across night skies.

In our second century, we must recommit to stewardship and public enjoyment of these places, as well as promote contributions that national parks and our community assistance programs make to create jobs and strengthen local economies. We must look at new ways to expand our contributions to society.

Nationally, this effort is described in the Call to Action. We invite you to look it over, and share your thoughts with us via email about what you like and what’s missing.

 

    Alaska's Success Story Highlights

  • Wrangell-St. Elias success story

    Wrangell-St. Elias

    SCA and YCC youth crews teamed together to build a new amphitheater and trail near the Copper Center Visitor Center.

  • Lake Clark success story

    Lake Clark

    Learn about healing experiences for wounded veterans and their spouses in a wilderness setting.

  • Denali success story

    Denali

    Spanning the course of two weeks, visitors and community members listened, participated, created and embraced the music of Denali.

  • Cape Krusenstern success story

    Cape Krusenstern

    Thirteen Camp Willow participants out on a 2-day hiking and camping experience.

Last Updated: February 10, 2014