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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  • Cane River Creole National Historical Park

    Cane River's Baseball Legacy Continues

    group photo

    Students and local ball players help keep Cane River's baseball legacy alive. Read more

  • Salem Maritime National Historic Site

    Teachers Become Students in the "Power of Place"

    Teachers Learn to Raise Sails Aboard the Schooner Fame

    For the last two years the education staff of Salem Maritime National Historic Site have been on a mission to demonstrate the benefits of place-based learning to hundreds of teachers and students throughout Essex County, Massachusetts. Read more

  • Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site

    Social Media Gives Park Global Reach

    The Park Facebook Page Cross the 1,000 Follower Mark

    In 2013 rangers launched a content-creation campaign on Facebook featuring daily photos, historical factoids and interactive activities to bolster public awareness and appreciation of the site. By the end of the 2013 season the new content had increased social media followers by 49% to over 1,000 followers and served an average of 504 people per day with new information about the iron works. Read more

  • Southeast Region

    Sound side Serenade

    youth orchestra performs at the seashore

    Classical music blended with the sound of surf along the shores of Santa Rosa Sound at the Soundside Serenade, held under the trees at the Naval Live Oaks Picnic Area Gulf Islands National Seashore FL Read more

  • Valley Forge National Historical Park

    1781 Students Participate in "George to George" Video Conference

    Two educators stand together dressed as General Washington and a Continental Soldier

    In honor of Presidents Day Valley Forge NHP partnered with the George Bush Presidential Library to co-host the interactive video conference, “George to George: Presidential Leadership.” Read more

  • Valley Forge National Historical Park

    Natural Resource Summer Interns: Part of Valley Forge's Youth Career Ladder

    Natural Resource Seasonal holds up a small native crayfish caught in Valley Creek

    Three interns - all college science majors - completed their summer internships at Valley Forge National Historical Park, enthusiastic about careers with the National Park Service. Read more

  • Valley Forge National Historical Park

    Valley Forge continues to support the ProRanger program

    ProRanger Tia smiles for the camera

    ProRanger Tia Salomon completed her summer internship at Valley Forge National Historical Park on August 17th as the 7th ProRanger intern that the park has hosted over the past 4 years. Read more

  • Valley Forge National Historical Park

    Visitor Center Entrance Upgrades Completed

    Freshly poured concrete was stamped and textured and nearly ready for use

    The entrance to the Valley Forge Visitor Center received a much-needed face-lift, including all new walkways, landscaping, benches, and repairs to the damaged brick wing-walls. The work was funded through a combination of park funds, end-of-year regional funds, donations from park partners The Encampment Store, the Valley Forge Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the proceeds from the Revolutionary Run via the Friends of Valley Forge Park. Read more

  • Valley Forge National Historical Park

    Valley Forge: The Real Story

    Four visiting kids pose with a park ranger in continental uniform and the new October issue of Cobblestone magazine

    "Valley Forge: The Real Story" is the title of the October 2013 issue of COBBLESTONE, the American history magazine for children ages 9-14. The special Valley Forge issue is a collaborative project between Cobblestone Publishing and the Interpretation and Education team at Valley Forge. Interpretive and curatorial staff contributed articles, photos and illustrations. Read more

  • Valley Forge National Historical Park

    Pilot photography workshop series has shutterbugs asking for more

    A photographer sets up for a shot of the PC Knox house

    "Landscapes, Structures, Waterways and Bridges," a photography program co-hosted by Valley Forge National Historical Park and the Freedom Valley YMCA wrapped up in June after five Saturday morning workshops in the park. Read more

  • Valley Forge National Historical Park

    Reading, Writing, and a Revolution: PA Writing and Literature Project at Valley Forge

    Young girl dances with General Washington

    Valley Forge hosted the Pennsylvania Writing and Literacy Program (PAWLP) children's writing camp for two weeks in partnership with West Chester University, expanding on last year's success with additional hands-on, place-based learning. Read more

  • Valley Forge National Historical Park

    Prepare. Prevail. Preserve. Run Valley Forge!

    Runners start their 5-mile race

    One thousand two hundred runners and walkers participated in the 8th Annual Revolutionary 5-Mile Run, 3-Mile Walk, and 1.776 km Young Patriots Fun Run on Sunday, April 21 at Valley Forge NHP. The race is hosted annually by the Valley Forge Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) with support from the National Park Service as a community event and to raise funds for the Friends of Valley Forge Park who donate the proceeds to maintain and improve the park's trail system. Read more

  • Southeast Region

    Gulf Islands Civil War Kids

    Civil War Kids, Gulf Islands National Seashore

    Gulf Islands National Seashore has played an active role in enhancing the NPS's role as a preserver of our American heritage. During the summer months, kids from across the country have participated in the park's Junior Ranger series, the Civil War Kids Camp. Hands-on activities such as making hardtack, sending code messages, dressing in aprons and uniforms, washing clothes, rolling bandages, and playing games, were used to instill an deeper understanding of America's past. Read more

  • Youth Programs

    Mass Parks SCIP Sows Strong Roots for Future NPS Leaders

    Young woman smelling a flower.

    Promising diverse youth from local communities are positioned to become the next generation of NPS leaders through their participation in the Mass Parks Student Career Intake Program (SCIP). SCIP participants have been successfully converted to permanent positions in administration, maintenance and interpretation at Lowell and Boston National Historical Parks. Read more

  • Gettysburg National Military Park

    Battles Just Aren't for Video Games

    Young boy bends over to clear vegetation near a historic fence

    Battles aren’t just video games. Real people died. These are messages that Ron Gardner hopes 3,000 Boy Scouts take away from their special weekend of camping, learning and service at Gettysburg National Military Park (NMP), September 27-29. Read more

  • Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site

    Hot Iron, Hot Art

    An outdoor Iron Pour underway at Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site

    A roaring flame dances feverishly atop a hot furnace spewing orange molten iron into the angled ladle of an ironworker. A child’s eyes widen as they watch the ironworker pour the liquid fire into a mold of compressed sand – a mold the child carved by hand just moments earlier. The molten iron hisses and bubbles as it sloshes to and fro in the sand, slowly transforming from an orange soup into a metallic square. Read more

  • African Burial Ground National Monument

    Reuniting the African Family -- Manifesting the Dream

    Wood carved reburial coffin with female figure

    The National Park Service is commemorating the 10th anniversary of the re-interment with a weeklong observance running from Oct. 1 through Oct. 5. The commemoration not only tells the story of those who were buried there, but celebrates the commitment and hard work of those who helped bring African Burial Ground National Monument into being. Read more

  • Youth Programs

    “Trades Skills” Actively Engages Youth in Historic Preservation

    Trades Skills students restoring toll sign at Lowell NHP

    Parents of skilled trade students at the Greater Lowell Vocational High School constantly call the Cooperative Education Placement Coordinator at home to request that their children be placed in the Lowell National Historical Park Trades Skills Program for their coop field experience. Students engage in field-based historic preservation experiential learning opportunities working alongside NPS carpenters, painters, electricians and mechanics in park resources. Read more

  • Weir Farm National Historic Site

    100 National Park Artists Featured on New Website

    A painting of a rocky shore, with cool colors

    A new website, http://www.visitnationalparkarts.org/, showcases these adventuresome artists and their artworks, giving us a new palette to spark imagination about our national parks. Read more

  • Thomas Stone National Historic Site

    Concert on the Porch

    Concert-Port Tobacco Pickers

    Music once again reveberated from the home of Thomas Stone, a Signer of the Declaration of Independence. Read more