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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  • Northeast Region

    Discovering the Arts: New Youth Video on YouTube

    Youth perform on stage at a concert

    The arts are afire in the Northeast region of the National Park Service. A new video on YouTube features young people connecting with national parks through non-traditional methods such as visual art, music, dance, and landscape architecture. Read more

  • New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

    Finding Freedom? Follow the Lead of the Youth Ambassador Program (YAP!)

    YAP! members with Director Jon Jarvis and YAP! member Soulo in a blue kayak

    YAP! researched the Underground Railroad, wrote lyrics and premiered their new song “North Star” at the Fort Dupont Summer Concert Series in one week! The ambitious experiential schedule included visiting Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument, kayaking in the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, camping at Greenbelt Park, biking at Fort Dupont Park, touring Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, visiting the National Mall, Smithsonian and performing live. Read more

  • Accounting Operations Center

    The Park in Our Own Backyard

    Youth cleared fire breaks behind homes next to the park

    Fire breaks were cleared along the park boundary. Read more

  • New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

    Learners to Teachers Climb to the Top in Massachusetts

    Shadows of the Learners to Teachers and the inside of Nauset Light at Cape Cod National Seashore

    Learners to Teachers, an urban youth group with New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park earned second place in the Lowell Youth Summit Media Arts Contest. Their submission of Visual Arts Media is a presentation entitled, In my Backyard, which highlights their summer adventures in Boston, Cape Cod, and the South Coast. Read more

  • George Washington Birthplace National Monument

    Native American Heritage Day Celebrated at George Washington's Birthplace

    Native American Traditional Dance

    On Saturday, August 17th, demonstrations and static displays by the Rappahannock Tribe served to remind us that people inhabited the Virginia Tidewater area long before Europeans arrived. Read more

  • Independence National Historical Park

    Benjamin Franklin Museum Opens for Preview Days

    Exhibit in the Benjamin Franklin Museum

    Independence National Historical Park will reopen the Benjamin Franklin Museum beginning with Museum Preview Days on August 24. Visitors can preview the museum until the Grand Opening on September 19 organized by the Friends of Independence National Historical Park. Located in the internationally acclaimed Franklin Court, the museum is dedicated to the life, times and legacy of Benjamin Franklin. Visitors of all ages will be able to immerse themselves in the 18th century Read more

  • Minuteman Missile National Historic Site

    In With the New

    Park Films

    Minuteman Missile NHS has updated the website with new photos, interactive multimedia, pod-casts and videos. Read more

  • Minuteman Missile National Historic Site

    Technologically Speaking

    Minuteman Missile NHS uses the official website and social media to make learning about the Cold War exciting and interactive.

    Minuteman Missile NHS uses the official website and social media to make learning about the Cold War exciting and interactive for students and teachers. Read more

  • Minuteman Missile National Historic Site

    Virtually There

    With the use of internet and technology, rangers can give students a live virtual tour of the Delta-01, Launch Control Center.

    With the use of internet and technology, rangers can give students a live virtual tour of the Delta-01, Launch Control Center. Read more

  • Minuteman Missile National Historic Site

    World Connections

    Minuteman Missile National Historic Site Facebook page.

    Using multimedia and social media outlets to create interpretive opportunities with visitors throughout the world. Read more

  • Minuteman Missile National Historic Site

    The Sky's the Limit

    Students learn the fundamentals of rocketry and thrust through the building and launching of air rockets.

    Minuteman Missile NHS reaches out to the area youth using science and history. Read more

  • Minuteman Missile National Historic Site

    History Alive

    Dennis C., a former missileer, gives visitors a first person perspective of life on the front lines of the Cold War.

    Former Air Force personnel share their stories to make history come alive. Read more

  • Heritage Preservation Services

    Historic Tax Credits Promote Historic Preservation and Community Revitalization

    Covers of 35th Anniversary Report and 2012 Annual Report for the tax incentives program.

    The National Park Service marked the 35th anniversary of the highly successful Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program with the release of a report on how the program has helped preserve historic buildings across America while serving as an economic engine for local communities. Read more

  • Heritage Preservation Services

    New Guidance for Adding Green Roofs to Historic Properties

    View from above of green roofs on industrial buildings.

    The Technical Preservation Services (TPS) office of the National Park Service is continuing its commitment to provide guidance related to sustainability and green design for historic properties with the release of new online guidance for Green Roofs on Historic Buildings. The guidance includes information on green roofs, how they are constructed, and special considerations for installations on historic structures, as well three case-studies. Read more

  • Steamtown National Historic Site

    Steamtown NHS Upgrades Accessibility for Visitors Who are Deaf or Blind

    A park ranger assists a deaf visitor using Ubi Duo technology

    Steamtown NHS announced two new upgrades to enhance the visitor experience for the park's visitors with hearing or sight impairments. Read more

  • Heritage Preservation Services

    New Guidance for Installing Solar Panels on Historic Properties

    Ground mounted solar panels on an industrial site

    The Technical Preservation Services (TPS) office of the National Park Service is continuing its commitment to provide guidance related to sustainability and green design for historic properties with the release of new online guidance for Solar Panels on Historic Properties. The guidance showcases successful projects that have added solar energy systems to historic buildings, districts, and landscapes, while preserving their historic character. Read more

  • Heritage Preservation Services

    Sustainability Guidelines for Rehabilitation Interactive Web Feature Launched

    View of the new online interactive Sustainability Guidelines web feature, featuring a green roof.

    The Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation & Illustrated Guidelines on Sustainability for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings are now available as an interactive web feature. Published in 2011, the Guidelines on Sustainability are the first set of official guidelines on how to make changes to improve energy efficiency and preserve the character of historic buildings. Read more

  • Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site

    Park recreates the 1963 March on Washington through an exhibit

    The Right Time

    “Mine Eyes Have Seen” is the 50th anniversary commemorative photographic exhibition currently on display at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta, GA in the National Park Service Visitor Center’s DREAM Gallery. This special exhibit features historic images that document the August 28, 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and the memorable moment when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. so eloquently delivered his “I Have A Dream” speech. Read more

  • Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site

    Park Hosted the Atlanta Global Freedom Exposition

    Atlanta Global Freedom Expo Flyer

    On August 17, 2013, the National Park Service along with The King Center, in cooperation with Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, Atlanta Public Schools, the City of Atlanta, Operation Hope and others, presented the Atlanta Global Freedom Exposition to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington and Dr. King’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. Read more

  • Yorktown Battlefield Part of Colonial National Historical Park

    Hampton University Interns Research 1863 Contraband Community

    Jordan Smiley Presenting Slabtown Program

    During the 2012 and 2013 summer season; Hampton University History majors, Ryan Brookens and Jordon Smiley, interned at Colonial National Historical Park - Yorktown Battlefield through the Greening Youth Foundation. In addition to helping staff historic buildings and the information desk, they undertook primary research to discover how contraband slaves, settled into a community in 1863, on Confederate owned land, gained ownership of their property after the Civil War. Read more