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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  • Golden Gate National Recreation Area

    Collaborative Partner Programming Extends Educational Reach

    NatureBridge program participants compare a seal to a sea lion at the The Marine Mammal Center.

    Park partners The Marine Mammal Center and NatureBridge combine forces to extend their educational reach. Read more

  • Golden Gate National Recreation Area

    There’s No Place like Home Away

    A group of Home Away program participants enjoying nearby Rodeo Beach.

    Park partner, A Home Away From Homelessness, provides underserved youth with a meaningful park experience. Read more

  • Fort Necessity National Battlefield

    Teachers, Look What We Have For You!

    Children on a school field trip inside Fort Necessity

    Using the new National Park Service education portal website teachers can view what Fort Necessity has to offer. Posted on the website are 25 lesson plans, 5 field trips, a WebRangers program and teacher development opportunities. Read more

  • Fort Necessity National Battlefield

    Boy Scouts Dig Archaeology

    Boy Scouts and a Park Ranger looking for artifacts

    The park now offers a program for Boy Scouts which allows them to complete the Archaeology Merit Badge. This year it was advertised locally with 106 people participating over 6 days. Read more

  • Friendship Hill National Historic Site

    Website featuring Albert Gallatin

    Albert Gallatin is not very well known, however his contributions to the young United States are huge. Through the new National Park Service education portal teacher can now learn about and teach their students about the accomplishments of this incredible man. Read more

  • Cane River Creole National Historical Park

    Park Throws Birthday Party for French Philosoper

    Group Photo

    Park hosts party and displays rare books in honor of Denis Diderot. Read more

  • Richmond National Battlefield Park

    Richmond NBP employs innovative tools to manage a 290-year-old house

    Park service employee working on bricks framing a historic window

    Using innovative tools and expert staff, Richmond National Battlefield Park is preserving and stabilizing the early 18th-century Shelton House on the Totopotomoy Creek battlefield. Read more

  • Maggie L Walker National Historic Site

    Commemorating first African American Girl Scout Troop south of the Mason-Dixon line

    Girl Scouts pose in front of a large photo of Maggie Walker

    To commemorate the work of Maggie L. Walker in the 1930s to help establish the first African American Girl Scout Troop south of the Mason-Dixon Line, the National Park Service and the Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia are partnering to introduce Maggie Walker’s inspiring story to young women throughout central Virginia. Read more

  • Cultural Resources, Partnerships, and Science Directorate

    Historic Tax Credits Help Preserve Buildings that Tell of America’s Diverse Identity

    Picture of the exterior of the Boyle Hotel in Los Angeles after a recent rehabilitation.

    The Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program encourages private sector investment in the rehabilitation and reuse of historic buildings. The program has been used to rehabilitate historic buildings in communities both large and small across the nation, not only renowned works of architecture but also those places important to our shared cultural past and that tell the stories of America’s diverse national identify. Read more

  • 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

  • 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