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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  • Catoctin Mountain Park

    Healthy Parks, Healthy People Hiking Challenge

    Take the Healthy Parks, Healthy People Hiking Challenge at Catoctin Mountain Park

    In response to A Call to Action #6, "Take a Hike, Call Me in the Morning," Catoctin Mountain Park instituted a Hiking Challenge. The goal is to encourage visitors to start and maintain a healthy lifestyle while connecting with nature in the park. The program has been popular with visitors. The park posts on their website the names of visitors who have completed the challenge. Read more

  • North Cascades National Park

    The Healing Power of the North Cascades

    Wounded Warrior Project Participants at the Crest of Easy Pass Image Credit: NPS/NOCA/Brittney Linville

    North Cascades National Park Complex had the distinct pleasure of hosting the Wounded Warrior Project as part of Action #6: “Take a Hike, Call Me in the Morning.” Read more

  • San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

    Keys Catalog of Library Materials Opens Digital Door to Online Researchers

    Screenshot of a page showing information about the book

    Researchers now have access to records of all the cataloged holdings of San Francisco Maritime NHP's Library with live links to available electronic editions. Keys also contains a growing number of records for archival collections that link to expanded collection descriptions, digital media, and more. Read more

  • San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

    Scanned Employee Cards Reveal Life In A WWI-era American Shipyard

    Scan of an employee identification card that showing the date of birth 1885, and the occupation ship fitter helper

    San Francisco Maritime NHP is scanning, cataloging, and making available online cards held in its archives that record the employees building ships at Union Iron Works during the 1910s. The cards contain a wealth of data of interest to family, labor, and demographic historians. Read more

  • Southeast Region

    SEAC Presents Archeological “After Hours” Event at Cowpens National Battlefield

    Public event

    From July 27-30, 2012 SEAC Archeologist Michael Seibert, Jordan McIntyre, and Teresa Florio conducted a metal detecting survey of selected grounds at Cowpens National Battlefield with the assistance of volunteers from the Treasure and Artifact Association of South Carolina and South Carolina Archaeological Society. Local volunteers provided amazing assistance and the project would not have been nearly as successful without them. Read more

  • Southeast Region

    SEAC archeologists, local partners excavate prehistoric village, U.S. Virgin Islands

    Students and NPS archeologists excavating a unit

    The National Park Service’s Southeast Archeological Center and the University of South Carolina conducted an archeological field school at the Judith's Fancy archeological site, Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. They excavated a prehistoric village that dates to ca. A.D. 400-600, and uncovered evidence of cultural ties to the Orinoco River. Read more

  • Blue Ridge Parkway

    Making Music, Teaching Traditions And Inspiring Stewardship on the Blue Ridge Parkway

    A ranger helps a young girl play a lap dulcimer in a Parks As Classrooms program.

    Answering the Call To Action’s Goal # 16 ”Live and Learn” Over 42,000 educational contacts are made annually to Title 1 school students aimed at instilling a sense of pride in their heritage and stewardship of their surroundings. Read more

  • Blue Ridge Parkway

    "Kids In Parks" Program Creates Healthier Park Stewards Along the Blue Ridge Parkway

    Children hiking on the Blue Ridge Parkway TRACK Trail

    The National Park Service’s long standing goal of “connecting people to parks” has been enhanced through the Kids In Parks partner program, initiated on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Modeled after the Junior Ranger Program and other NPS self-guided experiences, more than 600 kids have registered 800+ TRACK Trail hiking adventures. more than 15,000 miles hiked, approximately 2 million Calories burned, and more than 7,000 hours spent “un-plugged”, outdoors and active in nature. Read more

  • Assateague Island National Seashore

    Getting Wet Feet with the Assateague Adventure Academy

    Three children using equipment to capture mole crabs in the surf

    Assateague Island National Seashore held its first Assateague Adventure Academy for elementary and middle summer students from Worcester County, Maryland. One hundred and forty five summer school students and teachers visited the island once a week for four weeks to take part in a variety of immersive programs which included kayaking, hiking, mole crab surveys and more. Read more

  • Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

    History Meets Technology: Harpers Ferry in the Digital Age

    A snapshot of the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park's Facebook page

    By 2012, Harpers Ferry's social media team is overseeing an active Facebook page, re-strategizing the park's Twitter feed, is developing a plan for Flickr, and is utilizing YouTube for sharing youth-created interpretive videos. The park's website is also being reorganized and will be launching new content in the upcoming year. Read more

  • Andrew Johnson National Historic Site

    Hometown Heritage for Teachers

    Teacher Workshop

    Teachers learn about the Johnson slave family and their descendants today. Read more

  • Andrew Johnson National Historic Site

    Trading Cards

    Children trading cards

    Children enjoying trading Civil War cards. Read more

  • Andrew Johnson National Historic Site

    A Civil War Evening

    Lincoln and Johnson

    Chris Small and Daniel Luther portray Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson discussing Tennessee during the Civil War. Read more

  • Andrew Johnson National Historic Site

    Flag Day

    Flag Day

    Flag retirement program Read more

  • San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

    New Master Ranger Docent Program Taps the Talents of 50+ VIPs

    Master Ranger Docent pointing out locations on a map for three visitors at an information counter in the Visitor Center

    Master Ranger Docents call on a lifetime of skills and experiences to teach visitors about the park, reach diverse audiences, and pass along stewardship messages to future generations. Read more

  • Andrew Johnson National Historic Site

    Emancipation Day Celebration


    The Wesley Heights Community Choir presents slave songs and spirituals to the public during an August 8th Emancipation Day celebration. Read more

  • National Call to Action Team

    Jump On Board

    Park Ranger with binoculars

    The National Park Service recognizes that our employees are our most important asset. The navigation tools we provide and the time we spend upfront are critical to helping employees become successful and productive employees. This is why a team of field, region and Washington office-based employees, in partnership with the Center for Park Management, have collaboratively developed and launched a Service-wide New Employee Orientation (NEO) Program in answering Call to Action Read more

  • Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

    23 Years & 15,000 Students: Teaching the Civil War Freedom Story

    living historian talks about the artillery with students

    Today, in 2012, over 15,000 students, teachers, and chaperones have participated in the School House Ridge Program. Harpers Ferry National Historical Park continues to work with Jefferson Country curriculum coordinators and fifth grade teachers to constantly improve this program so that generations of local students can appreciate and engage with their very own Civil War soldier and freedom stories. Read more

  • Southeast Region

    SEAC establishes Teacher-Ranger-Teacher program with local schools

    SEAC TRT Program

    SEAC staff works with Teacher-Ranger-Teachers from local schools to develop curriculum for teacher workshops that will be hosted in FY2013. Read more

  • Heritage Documentation

    Protecting the resource, enhancing the experience

    Pano photo, CAIRO

    Digital technology improves our ability to document and protect fragile historic resources while improving the visitor experience. In the digital fly-through provided via the item link, Heritage Documentation Programs utilized high-definition laser scans originally taken to capture information for formal documentation to the Secretary's Standards and processed them to provide virtual access to areas off-limits to visitors. Read more