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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  • Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve

    Yoga in the Park

    Visitors practicing yoga in the fort.

    Yoga in the Park can make a positive impact on their mental and physical wellbeing and help them form healthy habits. Read more

  • Gettysburg National Military Park

    Museum Exhibit Planning

    Museum Exhibit Planning

    Park and Gettysburg Foundation staff are planning a series of new, temporary exhibits at the Museum and Visitor Center as well as a new exhibit for the museum’s Gilder-Lehrman Special Exhibits Gallery. Read more

  • Gettysburg National Military Park

    Gettysburg Winter Lecture series

    Gettysburg Winter Lecture series

    Gettysburg interpretive staff created another very successful winter lecture series on Saturday and Sunday afternoons throughout January, February and March. Read more

  • Gettysburg National Military Park

    Comprehensive Community Trails Plan

    Visitors enjoy a hike with a Ranger

    Planning continues on this planning project to improve multi-modal connections between trails and transportation opportunities within GETT and EISE and to identify links and newly established trailheads to provide pedestrian and bicycle access. Read more

  • Gettysburg National Military Park

    Creating a New Lincoln

    Abraham Lincoln: The Man (also known as the Standing Lincoln)

    Monument specialists at Gettysburg National Military Park and the NPS Historic Preservation Training Center will be working in Gettysburg to prepare for the casting of a new life-sized bronze statue of a standing Abraham Lincoln for the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site. Read more

  • Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve

    Investigating the Park in their own Backyard

    Students identify a trout using a field guide

    Youth of all ages love to identify wildlife that they have discovered using guide books in the field. These experiences will produce a new generation of adults interested in the natural world of National Parks. Read more

  • Maggie L Walker National Historic Site

    High school students plot Maggie Walker’s historic path

    High school students posed with park rangers in a brick courtyard

    In April 2015, eight high school students from Richmond public schools joined Groundwork RVA and National Park Service staff to investigate the physical traces of Maggie L. Walker’s Richmond legacy. Read more

  • Minute Man National Historical Park

    The National Guard celebrates their roots.

    National Guard General Grass visits North Bridge

    General Frank J. Grass, the 27th Chief of the National Guard Bureau and a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff stopped by North Bridge. Read more

  • Cane River Creole National Historical Park

    Two Wheels to History Continues in 2015

    Cyclists on the front porch of Cherokee

    On May 4, the park kicked off its 2015 cycling program with a six mile ride to the Cherokee Plantation home. Read more

  • Grand Canyon National Park

    Desert View Watchtower Hosts Second Cultural Demonstration Series

    Tony Eriacho, Zuni carver and jeweler discusses authentic crafts with park visitor. Separate exterior photo of Desert View Watchtower on the right.

    The 2015 Desert View Cultural Demonstration Series provides park residents and visitors the opportunity to interact with members of Grand Canyon National Park’s 11 traditionally associated tribes and for the artisans to share their history and traditional crafts. Read more

  • Harry S Truman National Historic Site

    Truman Tech: reaching out to new audiences

    Harry S Truman Facebook page

    Harry S Truman was president during an era of tremendous growth and change, and was not afraid to embrace new technology and champion progress. Following Truman’s path, Harry S Truman National Historic Site has also embraced new technology, and has worked hard to reach out to new audiences and seek exciting ways of interpreting the Truman legacy Read more

  • Harry S Truman National Historic Site

    Adopt-a-Class: Educating Students on the legacy and virtues of Harry Truman

    Area fourth grade students recently celebrated the second year of a five year Adopt-a-Class partnership with Harry S Truman National Historic Site.

    Area fourth grade students recently celebrated the second year of a five year Adopt-a-Class partnership with Harry S Truman National Historic Site. The program, which is part of the Call to Action initiative, immerses students in the importance of resource protection and stewardship. This year’s focus was on artifact care and preservation. Read more

  • Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument

    Alibates Visitor Center New Interpretive Exhibits

    Photo of new exhibits including relief and wall maps, with a quarry replica in the background.

    New exhibits were installed at the Alibates Visitor Center in the spring of 2015, in time for the upcoming 50th anniversary of the monument, August 31, 2015. Read more

  • Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site

    What Would Eleanor Do?

    Women and Climate Change Summit

    What would Eleanor do? In celebration of Women’s History Month, we recently explored this question and others at the Women and Climate Change conference. Read more

  • Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve

    Birding Lessons in Hoonah

    Person using tweezers to pull apart an owl pellet.

    For the past 5 years, rangers from Glacier Bay have been flying over to engage the students of Hoonah with a variety of lessons focusing on the native plants and animals of Glacier Bay. Read more

  • Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park

    Canal as a Living Classroom

    Living History volunteer helps children operate lock arm.

    Parks offer living classroom with lessons in history and natural sciences for anyone who wishes to participate. By involving youth in discovery activities in our National Parks, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park hopes to ignite the fire of curiosity kindling within the next generation. Read more

  • Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park

    Adopting next generation stewards

    Rangers meet with students along Potomac River

    Spanning across the state of Maryland and bordering the Potomac River, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park is estimated to have nearly 1,000,000 school aged children within a 45-minute drive. Find out how the park is adopting a class and engaging students through education over the next four years. Read more

  • Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park

    Valueing differences in our staff

    Staff line up to celebrate the Centennial

    In 2012 the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park identified and pursued numerous methods for increasing diversity in the workforce. During the summer season, Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park successfully increased the diversity of its staff through the recruitment and hiring of employees representing traditionally underserved and under-represented minority groups. Read more

  • Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park

    The youth are our future

    Seasonal law enforcement ranger

    We like to see our seasonal employees going places! Read more

  • Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park

    Keeping staff and visitors safe

    Park staff and trail grader on towpath.

    During 2012, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park made notable advances in safety by empowering employees and equipping them with the proper skills and training through Operational Leadership, a training focused on assessing daily risk management and utilizing safety as part of a daily operation. Read more