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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  • Valley Forge National Historical Park

    Seeking Sustainable Solutions: Valley Forge NHP Holds Climate Friendly Parks Workshop

    New trees planted at Valley Forge National Historical Park

    Park staff and partners joined a variety of local and national experts during a two-day workshop to explore ways to make park operations more sustainable. Five major areas of park operations were targeted: Fleet and Transportation, Energy Use, Landscape Management, Water Use, and Purchasing and Waste. Valley Forge hopes to become a certified Climate Friendly Park later this year. Read more

  • Southeast Region

    Dark Skies and Sea Turtles

    Sea Turtle at Night Sky Walk

    Since 2008, Gulf Islands National Seashore has been educating visitors of the plight of sea turtles and dark night skies. Partnering with the Escambia County Amateur Association, summer star parties have drawn thousands to the evening skies along the northern Gulf of Mexico. This program strives to introduce some of the nesting species and give visitors, and children, hands-on education of a very elusive species, as well as presenting the importance of preserving dark skies. Read more

  • Chesapeake Bay

    Chesapeake Youth Corps Helps Partners Build All-Sensory Trail

    Four youth build and hang a bamboo windchime.

    Over 3 weeks in summer, 2013, Chesapeake Youth Corps partners at the Anne Arundel County (MD) Recreation and Parks Department designed and constructed an all-sensory trail with the help of youth corps participants. Read more

  • Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

    Native Conservation Corps Builds Bridges

    Native Conservation Corps participants in front of  Rainbow Bridge natural arch

    For the third consecutive year, the Native Conservation Corps program has played an integral role in developing the next generation of public land stewards. During June and July, seven Native American youth were exposed to a diverse set of career opportunities at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Rainbow Bridge National Monument, and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Read more

  • Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site

    The Butler Did It? "Downstairs/Upstairs" at Vanderbilt Mansion NHS

    Moving through the house using the back stairs

    A new program encourages visitors to explore life in the opulent Vanderbilt Mansion from a servant's perspective. Read more

  • Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park

    Blasting Art Onto the Battlefield

    Palo Alto TRT and Park Steward Interns going over a lesson

    Over the years Palo Alto Battlefield has offered lesson plans incorporating language arts, math, sciences, and social studies. This year the park explored something new – art. Read more

  • Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail

    Digital Map Connects Communities to History

    Announcing AnzaHistoricTrail.org

    The Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail and the Anza Trail Foundation have partnered on an interactive tool to explore the Anza Trail. Read more

  • Fire Island National Seashore

    Fire Island Treks & Hikes Foster Healthy Exploration of Seashore

    Group with day packs hike along boardwalk trail through swale between dunes.

    Fire Island National Seashore's wide range of outdoor activities, especially its 3-day, 21-mile Fire Island Trek, provide a diverse place-based interplay of recreation, natural history and cultural history, with a lingering sense of spiritual renewal. Promotion of these programs to local citizens helps increase their awareness of the value of parks to improve health and well-being. Read more

  • Youth Programs

    "Branching Out" Connects Youth to Landscape Management

    Young woman crouches and holds dirt while other youth observe

    In 2011, Branching Out witnessed its first participant transition into a permanent position with the National Park Service. Since then, the program has continued to successfully provide pivotal career and educational opportunities to young people with an interest in the field of landscape stewardship. Read more

  • Assateague Island National Seashore

    Ditch the Ditch

    Aerial view of the ditches crisscrossing a wetland

    Since 2008, Assateague Island National Seashore has been actively filling ditches, originally dug to drain wetlands and control mosquito populations. Research indicates otherwise and the restored wetlands allows for better and slower filtration, as well as natural habitat for animals that eat mosquitos. Read more

  • New River Gorge National River

    Class of 2016

    Teenage boy rappels down a cliff face

    In 2012, New River Gorge National River adopted 30 students from a nearby middle school. Currently, these 9th grade students are participating in education programs, service learning projects, and recreation adventures that will teach them about the National Park Service, New River Gorge National River, and their local community. The program is also designed to enable students learn about career opportunities and to develop leadership and communication skills. Read more

  • National Parks of New York Harbor

    Mather’s Spirit Lives In New High School

    Students walk through high school entrance

    On Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, a new Career and Technical Education high school opened in lower Manhattan. Named for Stephen T, Mather, the first National Park Service director and a man known for forging new paths, the school offers a hands-on curriculum in the preservation-related trades of carpentry, masonry, plastering, decorative finishing and landscape management. Read more

  • Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area

    Visitors Document Biodiversity

    Visitor leans in to take a photograph

    Park visitors, rangers and cooperating scientists took out their cameras to document biodiversity on Thompson Island on may 26th and again on Peddocks Island on September 9th. This is all part of an effort to asses the ability of the public to document bio-diversity in a non-destructive way. Traditional methods involve collection of specimens-this project involves photographic identification. Read more

  • Governors Island National Monument

    School Bells Ring For Summer Seasonal Rangers

    Timarko, Gabby, Katie, Collin, Lakesha and Kevin are off to graduate school this month.

    In September, six of Governors Island's seasonal rangers who together have almost 20 seasons of experience at the park will start or return to graduate school. Read more

  • Women's Rights National Historical Park

    Paddle with a Ranger

    Kayaks on a river

    Women’s Rights National Historical Park is now improving residents’ awareness of the natural and cultural resources right here in their back yard that can easily be viewed from the water. Guided kayak tours are being offered in the month of September to help connect people with their national park. Read more

  • Johnstown Flood National Memorial

    Pathways to Green Careers Program Completes Another Successful Year!

    Two young visitors, one wearing a Civil War-era hat

    The summer of 2013 marked the end of the second great year of the Johnstown Flood National Memorial Pathways to Green Careers Program. Park staff and volunteers engaged students at the elementary schools, middle school and high school in Greater Johnstown School District in a variety of hands-on programs, field trips and classroom sessions that connect them to their local national parks and to the cultural and natural resources in the area. Read more

  • Fort Monroe National Monument

    Collaborate & Thrive

    Group photo of volunteers on the beach

    With over 400 years of history connected to early colonial life, the quest for freedom and defense of the Nation, visitors are discovering recreation and enjoyment in the rich cultural and natural landscapes that Fort Monroe has to offer. The services and programs at the site are a shining example of cooperative management and collaboration. Read more

  • Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historical Park

    24 New Passport Stamps Commemorate the Shenandoah Valley

    Woman holds passport book with cancellation stamps

    The Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District recently added 24 new passport stamps to the Passport Program. The 24 new stamps are spread out throughout the Historic District, from Staunton to Winchester, Virginia, and represent the profound impacts that the Civil War had on the Shenandoah Valley. Read more

  • Lowell National Historical Park

    Student Career Intake Program Interns Host Youth Summit

    Youth participants gather for a group photo at an outdoor stage

    Twelve Student Career Intake Program (SCIP) interns hosted 150 youth, representing 10 Boston-area youth programs at the SCIP Youth Summit. Each year the SCIP interns plan and host the day-long summit as part of their leadership development. The event encourages participants to share their summer experiences and celebrate their successes. Read more

  • Valley Forge National Historical Park

    Valley Forge Voices Uncover African American History

    Denise Valentine, portraying Phillis Wheatley, sits with young girls after her writing program

    The Voices of Valley Forge workshop series was held in July and August at Valley Forge National Historical Park in order to showcase the untold stories of African Americans in our nation’s foundation and our contemporary communities. Scholars, historians, artists and performers held participatory workshops for children and their families to bring history alive through re-enactments, learning simulations, spoken word poetry, storytelling, music and dance. Read more