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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  • Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail

    NPS Youth Program Instrumental on National Historic Trail

    Youth building a floating dock

    NPS youth program intern and participants build another access point to the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail - this time on an important tributary in the nation's capital. Read more

  • Montezuma Castle National Monument

    Riparian Pasture Project Restores Montezuma Well’s Native Habitat

    Two images of the same area in pasture - one with brown grass and tumbleweed, and one with green bushes and new trees.

    The Montezuma Well Riparian Restoration Project, located at the Well Unit of Montezuma Castle National Monument, began in 2008 as a cooperative venture with Natural Channel Design (NCD). Despite many challenges during the project, the overall goal of restoring the native habitat and reducing the number of invasive species has been successful. Read more

  • Montezuma Castle National Monument

    Researchers Help Keep Montezuma Castle Looking Good

    Three people stand discussing a wall with pink plaster.

    The Montezuma Castle cliff dwelling is one of the best-preserved ruins in the Southwest, and the NPS wants to keep it that way. Here, plasters made from local clay and wood ceilings that might normally have been lost to weathering are intact and protected. The NPS has partnered with researchers from the University of New Mexico to learn more about the Castle and how best to help protect it. Read more

  • Trail Of Tears National Historic Trail

    Trail of Tears National Historic Trail Exhibits Completed at Laughlin Park, Missouri

    Two smiling women stand in front of an upright exhibit in front of a green lawn with trees.

    Seven new wayside exhibits were developed at Roubidoux Springs in Laughlin Park in Waynesville, Missouri. The park is the site of a historic Cherokee removal campsite. Visitors can walk the one-mile interpretive trail to the historic Trail of Tears crossing at Roubidoux Creek. Read more

  • Independence National Historical Park

    Independence Engages the Next Generation of Park Stewards

    Students in semi-circle look at ideas on post it notes with Park Ranger in uniform.

    Ten middle school students from the Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania enjoyed a whole school year helping Independence National Historical Park staff test new lesson plans. The end result? Some great Common Core-based lesson plans and a cohort of new park stewards. Read more

  • Fire Island National Seashore

    Artist-in-Residence on Fire Island

    Artwork by 2015 Artist-in-Residence Ana Golichi

    Today there are more than 50 Artist-in-Residence programs in national parks across the United States, one of which is located on Fire Island National Seashore. Read more

  • Minuteman Missile National Historic Site

    Partnership with the Air Force to Restore a Peacekeeper Vehicle

    Men pose with a green military vehicle

    In 2013 the park partnered with US Air Force staff at Ellsworth Air Force Base to restore a 1980s Peacekeeper military vehicles for public display. Read more

  • Fire Island National Seashore

    A Climate Friendly Seashore

    A Fire Island National Seashore staff member uses green cleaning solution to clean a window.

    To keep its facilities climate friendly, Fire Island National Seashore uses green cleaning products and energy efficient lighting, streamlined its waste disposal program, and eliminated idling. Read more

  • Cane River Creole National Historical Park

    Cane River Music Festival Returns For A Sixth Year

    Goldman Thibodeaux & The Lawtell Playboys

    The park continues to help sustain Cane River's rich tradition of live musical performance. Read more

  • Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve

    International Migratory Bird Day

    Kids and park ranger holding a giant parachute.

    The Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve co-hosted International Migratory Bird Day with the Florida Park Service’s Little Talbot Island State Park. Read more

  • Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine

    Silberstein Insurance Group plants over thirty shrubs and trees

    Silberstein Insurance Group volunteers planting a tree

    On Friday 8 May 2015 Silberstein Insurance Group of Lutherville Maryland completed a project at Fort McHenry. With a generous grant from the National Environmental Education Foundation, Silberstein Insurance Group was able to purchase some new trees and native shrubs for the Fort - and the volunteers from Silberstein helped to plant them all. Read more

  • Lake Mead National Recreation Area

    LAKE Riders Join Federal Bike Challenge

    LAKE Riders Join Federal Bike Challenge

    Lake Mead National Recreation Area is participating in National Bike Month by asking employees to join the Federal Bike Challenge. The Challenge is a free, friendly competition between groups of federal employees that promotes bicycling to and from work as often as possible during the month of May. Read more

  • Minute Man National Historical Park

    The 2015 Lexington Tattoo & Muster

    A participant in thel William Diamond Jr. Fife and Drum Muster

    The 13th annual Lexington Tattoo and Muster, hosted by the William Diamond Junior Fife and Drum Corp at Minute Man National Historical Park. Read more

  • Arches National Park

    Community Artist hosts Sketch Crawls in southeastern Utah parks

    Two women holding sketches

    The national parks in southeastern Utah (Arches, Canyonlands, Hovenweep, and Natural Bridges) have hosted a Community Artist in the Parks as a way to partner local artists with the parks and visitors. This year's community artist, Katrina Lund began hosting special "sketch crawl" events to help visitors connect more deeply to the landscape around them. Read more

  • El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail

    From Line on a Map to Reality: Envisioning National Historic Trails

    A man in a green pants and a grey shirt with a tan straw hat points away from a group of five people taking notes and photographing.

    Partnership for National Trails System participants gathered from across the nation to participate in a first of its kind workshop to envision national historic trail preservation and development for visitor use. Participants visited urban and pristine segments of El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro in Socorro New Mexico to envision preservation and development challenges involved with creating a national historic trail. Read more

  • Santa Fe National Historic Trail

    Challenging Long-Held Assumptions About the Santa Fe Trail

    A black and white illustration shows numerous wagons and oxen with men walking and some riding horses.

    The Santa Fe Trail has long been regarded as a two-way commercial trail by both scholars and by the thousands of visitors that flock to sites and segments along the trail. In 2012, however, National Trails Intermountain Region staff received a proposal from a Santa Fe Trail Association member challenging that long-held notion. The study that resulted forced a shift in the perceptions of who used the Santa Fe Trail, and for what purposes. Read more

  • Trail Of Tears National Historic Trail

    Award Winning Trail of Tears National Historic Trail Map and Guide Published

    A colorful brochure showing a photo with trees and historic illustrations of people and two small inset maps with six main paragraphs of text.

    National Trails Intermountain Region produced a new official map and guide for the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail. This publication was printed in 2013 and won a national award. Read more

  • Santa Fe National Historic Trail

    Historic Santa Fe Trail retraced by Visiting Boy Scouts and Local Community

    Boys in red shirts sit on a lawn, a speaker stands at a podium in a green uniform and straw hat.

    Boy Scouts dedicated a new four mile segment of retracement trail on the Santa Fe National Historic Trail at the Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico. Read more

  • Hampton National Historic Site

    Hampton Celebrates National Park Week; Opens a new Visitor Contact Station

    A local student helping to plant a tree at Hampton NHS

    Hampton NHS Celebrated National Park Week in grand style. The park hosted a week-long series of events, hosting students of all ages every day. The highlight of the week was the opening of our new Visitor Contact Station. Read more

  • Craters Of The Moon National Monument & Preserve

    More Art on the Rocks

    artist in park studio

    Staff at Craters of the Moon have hosted 3 artists-in-residence and are partnering with the Sun Valley Center for the Arts on a major exhibit in 2016. Read more

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