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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  • Fort Necessity National Battlefield

    Students Can Now Learn About Young George Washington

    Park Ranger with video conferencing equipment

    Fort Necessity is now offering students an opportunity to learn about young George Washington through distance learning. Washington’s education was not in the university classroom. Instead he learned his lessons in the wilderness camps and frontier battlefields of the French and Indian War. Now any schools with video conferencing equipment can connect with the park to have the students learn about young Washington through interacting with the park ranger. Read more

  • Minute Man National Historical Park

    A minute man visits Iowa.

    Jim Hollister talks to students in Iowa from at the North Bridge Visitor Center in Concord, MA.

    Minute Man National Historical Park utilizes distance learning to tell the story of '75 to students in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Read more

  • Cane River Creole National Historical Park

    New Orleans Jazz NHP Returns for 2nd Annual "Freedom is Coming" Concert

    Elaine Foster

    Park hosts concert in honor of African American History Month. Read more

  • Steamtown National Historic Site

    Special Civil War Presentation at Steamtown NHS

    Reenactors with the Confderation of Union Generals salute the flag.

    On Sunday, March 15, members of the Confederation of Union Generals will "Meet the Public" in a 1 pm presentation at Steamtown NHS. Read more

  • Governors Island National Monument

    Jim and Nance' Got Married... 50 Years Ago...on Governors Island

    Jim and Nance' Holland with friends, family and their children on their 50th wedding anniversary

    With the logistical skill of his Army officer's training and experiences as a general's aide a half-century earlier, Jim Holland turned back the clock one Saturday afternoon... Read more

  • Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program

    Urban Blazers Find Their Parks

    Students and teacher splash each other

    In the spirit of the National Park Service Centennial, the Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) Program is teaming up with community partners like Urban Blazers to help students in Philadelphia gain problem-solving skills, build confidence, connect with nature, and find their parks. Read more

  • Governors Island National Monument

    SCA And YCC Hit The Bricks On Governors Island

    Members of a YCC crew reset the brick sidewalk along Andes Road on Governors Island.

    The sun was scorching and the air humid at Governors Island National Monument in New York Harbor this past week, but the conditions did not stop the Youth Conservation Corps from making critical repairs to a historic sidewalk on the island. Read more

  • Governors Island National Monument

    President Clinton Visits Governors Island

    Bill Clinton talks about his role in the the history of Governors Island.

    It is not often a former president comes to talk to your class and tells you about the national monument he established in your back yard, then goes on to encourage you to go out and leave your own conservation legacy. Read more

  • Governors Island National Monument

    Popping a Historic Question at a Historic Location

    Kieran Gannon pops a surprise proposal to Elia Rangel in Fort Jay.

    National parks not only preserve our history, they are places where sometimes you can write your own... maybe even happily ever after... Read more

  • Hampton National Historic Site

    Hampton incorporates Bluebird Boxes in the Historic Landscape

    A Bluebird Box incorporated into the historic landscape

    Hampton staff and volunteers collaborated to install Bluebird Boxes in the landscape in a fashion that does not interfere with the historic appearance of the grounds. This project helps to stabilize populations of a native species that has been severely impacted by human development, and contributes to a citizen science project. Read more

  • Governors Island National Monument

    U.S. Military Academy Pipe and Drum Band Visit Governors Island

    A pipe and drum band parade on Governors Island, a first in over 50 years.

    Cadets from West Point's Pipe and Drum band came to perform and experience some of their Army cadet heritage on Governors Island this Star-Spangled weekend. Read more

  • Governors Island National Monument

    Art Installation Illuminates Castle Williams On Governors Island

    Reflected sunlight on the walls of Castle Williams.

    When artist Daniel Kukla approached park staff about a art installation he was proposing, he was already a fan of the National Parks. In 2012, he did a stint as an artist in the park at Joshua Tree National Park in California where he was quite taken by the landscapes we preserve. Then he had an idea about illuminating a feature of our unique landscape... Read more

  • Interpretation, Education, and Volunteers Directorate

    We Are Still Marching: Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

    Screen shot of WeAreStillMarching.com; image of Edith Lee (now Payne), 12 years old

    WeAreStillMarching.com is a mobile website created in collaboration with NPS, NPF, Organic Digital Media, and Google. It was developed as a part of the 50th anniversary commemoration of the March on Washington. Read more

  • Operational Leadership

    Are You Clear on the Success of NPS Operational Leadership? Part 4

    NPS OL Facilitator Deborah Kurtz

    The Success of NPS OL is CLEAR Read more

  • Operational Leadership

    Are You Clear on the Success of NPS Operational Leadership? Part 3

    OL Training

    The Success of NPS OL is CLEAR Read more

  • Operational Leadership

    Are You Clear on the Success of NPS Operational Leadership? Part 2

    NPS OL Facilitator Charles Borders

    The Success of NPS OL is CLEAR Read more

  • Operational Leadership

    Are You Clear on the Success of NPS Operational Leadership? Part 1

    OL facilitator Isaiah Fitzgerald

    C.L.E.A.R. success for NPS Operational Leadership Read more

  • Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial

    Victorian Dancing in a Modern World

    Dancers in period clothing

    The Arlington House Victorian Dance Society is an award winning group that is dedicated to advancing the knowledge and technique of Victorian Dance from the Civil War Era. It is not only a beautiful art form, but is also a tangible connection to the Historic Period that Arlington House interprets. The Group is a corps of volunteers, most of whom started as mansion docents at Arlington House with an initial interest in the history of the site and time period that evolved. Read more

  • Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial

    History can feed the Present

    People working in the garden

    The Historic Kitchen Garden at Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial has been the site of a developing program over the last few years that has gone through a transformation from being a basic demonstration garden that gave visitors an opportunity to see the different food stuffs that would have been used during the historic period to a garden that produces a bounty for a local food bank. Read more

  • Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial

    Exploring Emancipation

    Gospel Choir Singing

    One of the important themes at Arlington House involves interpreting African American history from slavery to freedom. Arlington House incorporates this theme into all interpretive programming. A special emphasis was put on it in 2012 and 2014. 2012 was the anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the manumission of the enslaved people on the Arlington Plantation. Special programs were conducted that also tied those anniversaries to the modern Civil Rights movement. Read more