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Preparing for a Second Century of Stewardship and Engagement

A Call to Action


What is This?

A Call to Action rallies employees and partners to advance a shared vision toward 2016. It describes specific goals and measurable actions that chart a new direction for the National Park Service as it enters its second century. Launched on August 25, 2011, the 95th birthday of the Service, A Call to Action was updated the following year to reflect accomplished work and new actions.

2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service—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. The roots of the National Park Service lie in the parks' majestic, often isolated natural wonders and in places that exemplify our cultural heritage, but our reach 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, the National Park Service must recommit to exemplary stewardship and public enjoyment of these places. We must promote the contributions that national parks and our community assistance programs make to create jobs, strengthen local economies, and support ecosystem services. We must strategically integrate our mission across parks and programs and use their collective power to leverage resources and expand our contributions to society.

In August 2013, with two years of implementation underway, the Service took a fresh look at the plan, fine-tuned the actions and took stock of accomplished work. Much has been accomplished throughout the Service and by our partners to prepare us for the future. Download the 2013 Call to Action (at right) to review our vision and updated action items for a second-century National Park Service.

We look forward to working with our partners to answer the call.