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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  • Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park

    Palo Alto Shows It CAREs

    Students performing a play about Palo Alto.

    Park partnership with the Brownsville ISD promotes connections between students and their community. Read more

  • Denali National Park & Preserve

    Denali Music Festival 2012

    The Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival String Orchestra performs.

    Denali celebrates the first ever Denali Music Festival in partnership with the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival and the Denali Arts and Humanities Alliance. Read more

  • Denali National Park & Preserve

    Sonic Portraits: Winter Soundscapes of Denali

    Listening to the

    Composer Erik DeLuca works with students from the Denali- Nenana Borough School District to interpret the winter soundscape of Denali. Read more

  • Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site

    Local university students create digital connections to park

    Local university students create digital connections to park

    In February 2012, the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site launched two multi-media presentations that were developed and created by students from Howard University. Read more

  • Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

    Connecting Youth to the Outdoors through Stewardship

    Students from local schools learn what it takes to run a native plant nursery in the Santa Monica Mountains.

    If you happen to stumble across 60 5th graders in the Santa Monica Mountains wearing “I’m a SHRUB” t-shirts, then you’ve just met some of our youngest park volunteers from EARTHS Magnet School. This energetic group is participating in a cross-curricular, service-learning program that engages students in restoring native habitats at the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SAMO). Read more

  • Carlsbad Caverns National Park

    4th Graders are Cave Explorers at Carlsbad Caverns National Park

    4th Graders are Cave Explorers at Carlsbad Caverns National Park

    Carlsbad Caverns NP provides transportation to 4th graders in the area to come and explore the natural wonders of the caverns. Read more

  • Gulf Islands National Seashore

    Youth Conservation Corps

    YCC Students

    Young students learning about natural and cultural resources Read more

  • Alaska Region

    Aqua Kids Experience America's Great Outdoors

    Aqua Kids learn about constrution of traditional native kayaks from Ageya Director

    The Aqua Kids, a national TV program focused on conserving aquatic resources that reaches 95 million households, visited one of Secretary Salazar's America's Great Outdoors Projects. In Alaska, the NPS-Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program introduced the Aqua Kids to the Kachemak Bay Water Trail that inspires exploration, understanding, and stewardship of the natural treasure that is Kachemak Bay. Upcoming TV shows will share ways to conserve aquatic resources. Read more

  • Youth Programs

    Greening Youth Program Starts City Youth on Path to National Parks

    GYF college interns working in Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

    This summer, Greening Youth Foundation (GYF) provided an opportunity for eight college students to work in Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. Working with the Volunteers in Parks program to build and restore trails in the park, they developed leadership skills and an understanding of career paths in the National Park Service. Read more

  • Youth Programs

    NPS Academy Program Introduces Students to NPS Careers at Chattahoochee River NRA

    Interns of the Chattahoochee NRA NPS Academy

    The Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area had four NPS Academy students participate in a 12-week internship program, designed to help raise understanding and awareness of the National Park Service as a career opportunity but also as a means of increasing stewardship amongst a diverse group. The four interns were: Jarayon Jackson (from Georgia), Phylicia Pierson (from Ohio), Rocio Cardenas (from Illinois), and Kameron Wright (from Arkansas). Read more

  • Youth Programs

    A Pathway to Discovery and Employment at Cowpens National Battlefield

    YCC Program at Cowpens National Battlefield

    On Tuesday July 17th 2012, six local youth and two adults working with the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program at Cowpens National Battlefield took a 4-day “spike trip” to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This trip was the capstone of their 8-week work experience. Prior to working in the YCC, most of these students had never visited Great Smoky Mountains National Park or the 3 additional NPS sites where they completed conservation work. Read more

  • Lewis and Clark National Historical Park

    Resume Ready! Lewis and Clark youth take first "step" on federal employment pathway

    Youth employees at Lewis and Clark NHP spend their summers building trails, restoring habitat and working in interpretation.

    Park staff use fictional background from rambunctious cartoon character Bart Simpson to introduce teens to federal resume writing. Plans call for taking the workshop into schools, and on the road to Pacific Northwest urban centers. Read more

  • Youth Programs

    Park Guide Antoine Fletcher Brings Stars to Alabama

    Antoine Fletcher setting up one of the 12 telescopes used during the star party

    Antoine Fletcher hosted the first star party ever held at a National Park site in Alabama on June 23, 2012. 150 star gazing enthusiasts and people new to the hobby joined Antoine and his partners from the Barnard Astrological Society at Russell Cave National Monument as they introduced visitors the cosmology of the Native American people who called this area home. Read more

  • Youth Programs

    Curatorial Internship

    NATC Utilizes Student Workers for Park Archives

    Natchez National Historical Park Curator Cheryl Munyer worked with (Student Temporary Employment Program) STEP student Ava Hill to process a portion of the park’s photo archives. The students processed approximately 4.5 linear feet of images relating to the park. Read more

  • Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens

    Park kicks off Guest Artist Program

    KEAQ, Lily Festival, Arts Afire

    Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens welcomed two artists to the park. Their works captured the beauty of the diverse aquatic flora found throughout the ponds. Read more

  • Saguaro National Park

    Youth Internship Program for Wilderness Stewardship at Saguaro National Park

    Two youth interns and a volunteer measuring a saguaro

    Youth interns work, hike, and help study the changing desert southwest while pursuing a career pathway with the National Park Service. Read more

  • Saguaro National Park

    Connecting high school students to park through service learning

    High school student volunteers photograph wildlife tracks

    Youth interns work, hike, and help study the changing desert southwest while pursuing a career pathway with the National Park Service. Read more

  • Montezuma Castle National Monument

    Founders Day Art is Afire!

    Sketching in front of Montezuma Castle

    In celebration of Founder’s Day 2012 we held a youth-centered art event. Art played a major role in the creation of National Parks by bringing the beauty and splendor of our nation’s landscapes to the attention of Congress and the public. To honor the impact of art in the history of the National Park Service we invited children of all ages to come out and get creative by painting, drawing, and illustrating their vision of our parks on paper. Read more

  • Women's Rights National Historical Park

    Women's Rights NHP uses art to help visitors examine park resources in a new light

    Women's Rights National Historical Park, Arts Afire!

    The National Park Service’s Call to Action initiative: ARTS AFIRE! asks that we showcase the meaning of parks to new audiences through dance, music, visual arts, writing, and social media. Women’s Rights National Historical Park brought attention to the cultural resources that document and evoke the origins of the nation’s women’s rights movement with three separate month-long ARTS AFIRE! programs. Read more

  • Youth Programs

    2012 NPS Academy: Connecting Youth to NPS Careers

    NPS Academy Orientation 2012

    During spring break 2012, thirty diverse college students spent a week in Great Smoky Mountains National Park participating in seminars, workshops, field trips and recreational activities which focused on the importance of culture, diversity, NPS career options as well as the legacy of conservation within the NPS. These students were then placed in Student Conservation Association (SCA) internships at a number of NPS sites across the country. Read more