A Call to Action: Success Stories

The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016. To us, it's not about cakes and candles — it's about being an organization ready to take on the challenges of our second century. Our blueprint to get there — A Call to Action — outlines the innovative work we want to accomplish. Every partner, program, and park plays a dynamic role in realizing that vision. Take a look at what we're doing and get involved!

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  • Water Resources Division

    On the Trail of Acid Rain: Using the Appalachian Trail as a Mega-Transect for Science

    A narrow path makes a curve in knee-high grass. In the distance are mountains covered in a thick forest of deciduous trees.

    The Appalachian Trail traverses a diverse range of ecosystems, making it an ideal research transect to explore regional influences on our environment. A recent study looked for signs of ecosystem recovery from acid rain. Read more

  • Lowell National Historical Park

    2015 Spindle City Community Action Team welcomes visitors to Lowell.

    2015 Spindle City Community Action Team

    The Spindle City Community Action Team wrap up the summer in Lowell, MA. Read more

  • Lowell National Historical Park

    29th Lowell Folk Festival

    Original Pinettes Brass Band from New Orleans in Lowell, MA.

    It began in late July with the Original Pinettes Brass Band from New Orleans leading the kick-off parade through the streets of Lowell Friday night and by the time the festival concluded Sunday evening; thousands of visitors, music fans, families, followers of folk culture, and people from eastern Massachusetts and beyond came together to enjoy the 29th Lowell Folk Festival. Read more

  • Biological Resources Division

    BioBlitz 2015: Cultural Connections Help Create New Generation of Stewards

    Participants in BioBlitz

    The 2015 Hawai’i Volcanoes BioBlitz brought together scientists, Hawaiian cultural practitioners, schoolchildren, and visitors to complete a comprehensive inventory of species living in the park. Read more

  • Governors Island National Monument

    找到你的公园 Finding Your Park at Governors Island National Monument

    Park Ranger Zuri Branton appears in an announcement of Mandarin Chinese programs.

    Noticing a increase in Asian young adults and senior visitors along with the needs of a nearby community, one park is making some first efforts to engage an underserved population. Read more

  • El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail

    Partnerships in Action: NTIR Participates in the Latino Heritage Internship Program

    Five women surrounded by two men pose for a selfie inside an office.

    This summer, National Trails Intermountain Region (NTIR) is hosting two interns participating in the newly launched Latino Heritage Internship Program. The interns are based out of NTIR’s new branch office at the University of New Mexico campus in Albuquerque. The program will engage the next generation of conservation stewards while raising awareness of the need for Latino involvement in the preservation of national parks and historic sites. Read more

  • Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve

    Cannery Youth Fly to Find Their Park in Glacier Bay

    Youth weave baskets out of paper

    This "Art in the Park" program in Glacier Bay have youth making baskets and then walking through the park to identify and pick edible wild berries. Read more

  • Lake Mead National Recreation Area

    Big Brothers Big Sisters youth learn about Lake Mead’s water

    Water testing demonstration

    Youth from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada learned about the different kinds of water quality monitoring currently underway at Lake Mead National Recreation Area July 17 as part of an Outside Las Vegas Foundation field trip. Read more

  • Lake Mead National Recreation Area

    Preserving Native American culture: Lake Mead hosts lesson plan writing retreat

    Lake Mead hosts lesson plan writing retreat

    Lake Mead National Recreation Area, University of Nevada Las Vegas and Nevada Department of Education partnered to host a Native American lesson plan writing retreat July 29 to 31. The writing retreat was held to help teachers create culturally inclusive lesson plans about Nevada Native American culture for students. Read more

  • Fort Donelson National Battlefield

    Fort Donelson Helps Visitors Find Their Park

    A road trip to Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park

    Fort Donelson decided to make it a little easier for visitors to Find Your Park...we took them to one! Read more

  • Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve

    The Green Team, GroundWork, and the Timucuan Preserve

    Green team crew clearing brush

    Green Team members will lead Ground Works projects including restoring waterways, converting brownfields into green space and lending a hand at the National and State Parks. Read more

  • River Raisin National Battlefield Park

    Almost Time to Smell the Roses!

    NPS rose parade poster

    The National Park Service and Tournament of Roses Association are partnering to kick off the centennial with the 2016 Rose Parade in Pasadena, California. Read more

  • Fire Island National Seashore

    Highlighting Local History

    Boat on Patchogue River

    Visitors step back in time to the heyday of boat building on the Patchogue River at a special exhibit at Fire Island National Seashore's Patchogue Watch Hill Ferry Terminal exploring the river's connection to the Great South Bay and Fire Island through vintage photographs and postcards, historic maps, and memorabilia. Read more

  • Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program

    Activating Meridian Hill Park

    Members of the community play Berimbaus (African string instrument made of a gourde and bow) near the drum circle in Meridian Hill Park.

    Visit Washington, DC’s Meridian Hill Park on any given Sunday afternoon and you might see people walking dogs, doing yoga, dancing, enjoying a pick up soccer game, drumming at a drum circle, or just lying in the grass relaxing with family. Read more

  • Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve

    Water Bottle Filling Station

    water bottle refill station and fountain

    The station is a green friendly machine that has a counter on it showing how many disposable plastic water bottles were saved from landfills. Read more

  • Governors Island National Monument

    Encontrar su Parque - Isla de los Gobernadores

    Seasonal Park Ranger Rocio Mendoza in a Facebook advertisement for Spanish language tours

    In reaching out to a city of immigrants, Governors Island National Monument is featuring foreign language interpretation for the first time this summer. Read more

  • Lake Mead National Recreation Area

    Planting Seeds in the Latino Community

    Making Seed Balls

    Around 50 Latino high school youth from across the Las Vegas Valley participated in a seed cleaning event and learned about Lake Mead National Recreation Area July 16. The event was held as part of Latino Conservation Week, which was July 11 to 19, and was an opportunity for community-based organizations; churches; local, state, and national parks; and agencies to plan events for the Latino community to have fun, learn and advocate for the great outdoors. Read more

  • Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail

    Volunteer Historian Awarded for Exceptional Service

    Phil Valdez receives service award

    Expecting a day of volunteering with the Anza Trail, Phil Valdez, Jr., was instead surprised with a Department of Interior service award. Read more

  • Cane River Creole National Historical Park

    Park Celebrates Juneteenth with the Boys & Girls Club

    Students at the Oakland Slave/Tenant Cabin

    Over 120 student celebrated Juneteenth with a guided tour and musical demonstrations at the park's Oakland Plantation. Read more

  • Flight 93 National Memorial

    Cultivating a Living Memorial

    Young people in grey t-shirts showing sleeves

    Flight 93 National Memorial, the Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial, the National Park Foundation, and their partners kicked off National Park Week and the Find Your Park Campaign with the fourth annual Plant a Tree at Flight 93 reforestation event, April 17-18, 2015. In 2012, the memorial and its partners began a multi-year effort to reintroduce trees to this landscape, reestablishing woodland habitats and windbreaks, and creating a living memorial. Read more

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