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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  • Cowpens National Battlefield

    Local Artisans Ply Their Craft at Cowpens

    Local artisan demonstrates 18th century woodworking

    Cowpens National Battlefield and the Carolina Foothills Artisan Center combined contemporary artisans practicing 19th century craftsmanship and interactive living history lessons at the park. Read more

  • Marsh - Billings - Rockefeller National Historical Park

    A Walk Through Vermont's Civil War Home Front

    Civil War iphone App

    Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park offers a self-guided walking tour through the historic streets of Woodstock, Vermont to explore the Civil War Home Front. Download this free, GPS enabled iphone app. Read more

  • Marsh - Billings - Rockefeller National Historical Park

    Artist in Residence Program at Marsh Billings Rockefeller NHP has Permanent Studio

    Pony Shed Studio

    The Artist in Residence studio at the the park is in the rehabilitated Rockefeller Horse Shed. It is off the grid with a vertically integrated 230 watt solar photovoltaic system. Read more

  • Fort Dupont Park

    Park celebrates 40 years of music

    Summer Theatre Concert Series

    2012 marks the 40 th Anniversary of the National Park Service hosting free concerts at Fort Dupont Park in southeast Washington D.C. Read more

  • Marsh - Billings - Rockefeller National Historical Park

    Peak to Peak Hike - A Partnership "Prescription" Promotes Exercise & Healthy Eating!

    Group on MT Tom South Peak

    In a partnership with the Ottauquechee Health Center and other local organizations, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park in Woodstock, Vermont, welcomed nearly 200 hikers to its first annual Peak to Peak celebration, Saturday October 13, 2012. The partnership with the Health Center promoted outdoor exercise and healthy eating, fulfilling Action #6 of NPS Director Jon Jarvis’s call to action: “Take a Hike and Call Me in the Morning!” Read more

  • Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park

    Community Dialogue Asks Neighbors To Become Stewards

    Children's activity corner at Maritime Child Development Center

    The Maritime Child Development Center was built in Richmond, CA, in 1943 as a federally funded childcare center to serve the families of workers in the Kaiser Shipyards. After recently undergoing a complete restoration, the building is part of the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park, and has now returned to its original purpose of an educational building, containing the kindergarten and first grade classrooms of a public charter elementary school. Read more

  • Golden Gate National Recreation Area

    CASE STUDY: Design Volunteers In Parks Program

    Examples of several marketing campaigns produced by the students of the Design Volunteers In Parks Program.

    The Design Volunteers In Parks Program is an innovative program which works in collaboration with students from the Academy of Art University, R/GA, and Ex'pression College. The purpose of the program is to help students connect with the parks' natural and cultural resources while demonstrating their ability to understand particular targeted audiences. Students participating in the program benefit by obtaining experience as volunteers working for the National Park Service... Read more

  • Acadia National Park

    Partnerships Provide Community Wildland Fire Protection

    Historic photo of Baker Island Light

    The park’s fire management program partnered with the park cultural resources program, State of Maine, and local partners to create a plan for a fire resistant landscape on Baker Island. Read more

  • Interpretation and Education (Associate Director)

    National Park Service Creates Junior Ranger Album to Engage Children and Families


    The National Park Service, National Park Foundation, and Eastern National set the arts afire with a new children’s album dedicated to the parks. Read more

  • Homestead National Monument of America

    Nature Detectives at Homestead

    Kids in Parks Program

    In 2012, hundreds of youth and their families have participated in Homestead National Monument of America’s Kids in Parks - Nature Detective Series. These program series are intended to connect youth to their natural surroundings, in particular the tallgrass prairie and riparian woodland by fun, hands-on programs. Read more

  • Homestead National Monument of America

    Connecting Cultures on the Prairie

    Tall grass prairie trail

    In May 2012, Homestead National Monument of America connected with youth of the Asian Center in Lincoln, NE. The monument brought 168 members of the Center to view the Homestead Act of 1862 and learn about the National Park Service, the monument and its resources. Read more

  • Homestead National Monument of America

    Shedding New Light on the Homestead Story

    Heritage Center

    Park Guide Stephanie Wagle, who is legally blind, has developed a vested interest in bringing the story of homesteading to blind people like herself. Read more

  • Maggie L Walker National Historic Site

    Maggie L. Walker Leadership Institute engages youth in civic awareness

    MLW Leadership Institute students at Va Capitol

    In July 2012, 14 Richmond-area high school students participated in the Maggie L. Walker Youth Summer Leadership Institute. Through discussions, lectures, and field trips, the students examined traits of effective leadership. They discussed how to become leaders in their own community, and in the process earned community service hours as NPS volunteers. Read more

  • Maggie L Walker National Historic Site

    Fourth-graders learn – and perform – the story of Maggie L. Walker

    Minds in Motion – MAWA

    The Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site partnered with the Richmond Ballet to use performing arts to tell Mrs. Walker’s inspiring story. Read more

  • Richmond National Battlefield Park

    Richmond NBP helps 200-year-old African American community tell its Civil War story

    Gravel Hill Program

    During its 150th commemoration of the June 1862 Battle of Glendale, Richmond National Battlefield Park partnered with the Gravel Hill community – where free African American families once farmed land that became a battleground – to offer a program about the history of Gravel Hill. Read more

  • Cane River Creole National Historical Park

    Student Workers Playing an Important Role

    Nicholas Antee and Adrian Below

    Facility Management division hires local students in key positions. Read more

  • Valley Forge National Historical Park

    Muhlenberg Days

    Volunteers and Friends of Valley Forge Park members demonstrate 18th century bread baking and cooking

    Living history volunteers from The Friends of Valley Forge hosted Muhlenberg Days over the summer in order to provide demonstrations of camp life and provide demonstrations of bread baking and cooking. Read more

  • Valley Forge National Historical Park

    Historic Weapons Program

    Ranger performs nusket demonstration

    Trained and certified I&E staff provided musket and artillery demonstrations and re-enactments of the continental soldiers' drills throughout the summer as living history demonstrations. Read more

  • Valley Forge National Historical Park

    Discovery Camp with the Franklin Institute

    Campers receive their Junior Ranger Badge and Certificate from Park Rangers

    A new partnership was launched with the Franklin Institute of Philadelphia and the VAFO Natural Resources and Interpretation divisions to host a Discovery Camp for children the week of August 6 through 10. Read more

  • Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park

    Lights, Camera, Action!

    Cadette Girl Scout wearing a replica Mexican Infantry uniform.

    Cadette Girl Scouts transform Palo Alto into film studio over the summer. Read more