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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  • Kenai Fjords National Park

    Student-Ranger-Student

    A group photo of YCCs, SCA and park rangers at the end of the Harding Icefield Trail.

    A new program at Kenai Fjords gives local youth a chance to find a career with the NPS. Read more

  • Denali National Park & Preserve

    Denali’s Bug Bioblitz provided chances for active learning and scientific discoveries

    Park ranger smiles as she watches a child looking into a magnifying box

    In July, 2014, seven arthropod researchers from across the United States journeyed to Denali National Park and Preserve to take part in the Park's first ever "Bug Bioblitz". The goals of this citizen science event were to increase our knowledge about insect diversity in Denali and to engage the public in research side-by-side with scientists. Read more

  • Cane River Creole National Historical Park

    Students Play Historic Baseball Game

    Students playing baseball.

    Cane River Creole partnered with the baseball team from Northwestern State University to educate kids on teamwork, healthy life styles , and local history by playing baseball. Read more

  • Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park

    America’s Classroom: Bringing Your National Park to Students Nationwide

    Screen shot of Community at War website

    Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park has launched a dynamic new web-based curriculum utilizing a variety of media to engage students with the diverse history of the Civil War. Read more

  • Gateway National Recreation Area

    Celebrating the Light

    Crowds line up for tours of the 250 year-old lighthouse

    The Sandy Hook Lighthouse was lighted for the first time on June 11, 1764, and to mark the historic occasion, the Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area held a celebration event on June 14, 2014. Read more

  • New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

    New Bedford Area High School Students Contribute to New B Under the Sea Research

    three high school students hold tension on the line of a lobster pot filled with objects to test.

    "I never thought I'd be working with the National Park Service,” said a local high school student today. Thanks to a Park Stewards Grant from the National Park Foundation, students from Greater New Bedford Vocational Technical High School Environmental Science and Technology shop sunk a lobster pot in New Bedford harbor today-but they don’t plan on catching any lobsters. Read more

  • Minute Man National Historical Park

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  • Marsh - Billings - Rockefeller National Historical Park

    Living Language Program Successful Park School Partnership

    Advanced Language Students

    Through innovative partnership between Woodstock Union High School MAC Language teachers & Park staff, advanced language (both french and spanish) students connect to the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP stewardship stories in their studied languages. Read more

  • Fort Stanwix National Monument

    Archeology Day Celebration at Fort Stanwix National Monument

    Displays, flint knapping demonstration, a boy and his family learn about tools archeologists use and a group tours the collection facility

    One Saturday each year, archeology is celebrated as a means of connecting people to the past. At Fort Stanwix National Monument, visitors had the chance to learn about the park’s archeological sites and hear about archeology in their own back yard. Read more

  • Weir Farm National Historic Site

    Arts Inspire New and Fresh Perspectives on National Parks

    Teens create arts at Peters Valley School of Craft

    All 401 national parks are connected by their power to inspire. Weir Farm National Historic Site (WEFA, Connecticut) and Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (DEWA, New Jersey and Pennsylvania) teamed up to offer an immersive youth arts program at the Peters Valley School of Craft along the Delaware River. With the help of artists and rangers, teens learned about the national parks and their connection to the arts. Read more

  • Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts

    Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts “Pianos in the Park” program

    A painted piano along a fence line and path

    In the spring of 2014, WOTR launched a new initiative dubbed “Pianos in the Park.” Inspired by other "pianos in public spaces" programs, we placed painted pianos, all in playable condition, in various highly visible locations throughout the park. The pianos were donated to the park by local citizens, then repaired and tuned by park staff and volunteers. They were painted by local artists, students from a local elementary school and a group of our YCC summer employees. Read more

  • Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts

    Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts Campout for First Time Campers

    Group photo of participants in front of the Meadow Pavilion

    Most people associate Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts with the opera, picnics on the Filene Center lawn or children’s performances at Theatre-in-the-Woods. But, on Sunday September 28th and Monday September 29th, a walk through the park would have confused some, as it looked more like Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park, than the meadow at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. Read more

  • Fire Island National Seashore

    A Coastal Classroom: Reaching the Next Generation of Park Stewards

    Students use a magnifying glass to take a closer look at sand grains.

    New Common CORE-aligned activities and an Educator's Resource Guide help connect teachers and students to Fire Island National Seashore's nationally significant natural and cultural features. Free teacher workshops and education materials further enhance the Seashore's education program, and strive to reach the next generation of national park stewards. Read more

  • Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site

    Runners Race Around Bent's Old Fort

    Runners pass by the front of Bent's Old Fort

    La Junta Junior/Senior High Cross Country Meet was held at Bent's Old Fort NHS on Thursday, October 3, 2014. Over 100 runners and about 200 spectators enjoyed the historic and natural setting of the park on a beautiful fall afternoon. Read more

  • Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve

    International Migratory Bird Day

    kayak safety training

    This migratory bird event increases public awareness and involvement in bird conservation. Birds are economically important and a priceless part of America’s natural heritage—and they are critical indicators of environmental health upon which we all depend. Read more

  • Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve

    Pumpkin Hill Creek Scenic Natural Vista

    dock stretching into marsh

    When initially proposed the cell tower located on property adjacent to the preserve was a 195 foot stealth tower meeting most of the criteria in the City’s zoning code, with the exception of one. It would be visible to the waterway and access points along Pumpkin Hill Creek. Read more

  • Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve

    Dragonfly Larvae Survey

    ranger and citizen scientist

    Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve partnered with Jacksonville University (JU) to organize dragonfly larvae collection into a citizen science activity. Read more

  • Minute Man National Historical Park

    Timberland Volunteers at Minute Man NHP

    Timberland volunteers in front of company truck.

    Timberland in the Land of the Minute Men: Timberland Company volunteers spend a day at Minute Man NHP working in the agriculture fields of the park which have been farmed and grazed for nearly 400 years. The volunteers cleared fence line, removed invasive plants, and built cattle shelters. Read more

  • Minute Man National Historical Park

    Reinterpreting The Wayside: Home of Authors

    Historical house with scaffolding and restoration equipment.

    Bringing the historic "Home of Authors" into the 21st century: As this historic house is being renovated, a team of park interpretive staff are working on updating the interpretation of the house, through new website information, a new audio tour, and updated programming and tours. Read more

  • Denali National Park & Preserve

    Denali Provides a Week of Learning and Job Shadowing to Local High School Students

    A researcher stands with a group of students around a tripod

    In late August, 2014, Denali National Park and Preserve hosted a week-long “Intensive” learning program for all 57 high school students in the Denali Borough. Students spent the week engaged – hands-on – in the complexities of how and why the National Park Service works to preserve and protect Denali. Read more