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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  • Heritage Areas

    NHAs Collaborate with NPS This Summer and Fall to Address the Call to Action

    A sloop boat prepares to sail away from the dock.

    National Heritage Areas in five states are implementing a number of innovative education, recreation, and interpretation programs this year thanks to almost $60,000 in special project funds made available by the NPS Northeast Region's NHA Program Office. Read more

  • Longfellow House Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site

    Washington Returns to Cambridge!

    Kids participate in drill

    The Revolution returned to Cambridge, Massachusetts as soldiers quarreled among themselves, a traitor was discovered in their midst, and George Washington himself took command of the fledgling Continental Army at Longfellow House–Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site on July 14. Read more

  • George Washington Birthplace National Monument

    YCC and Your National Park

    YCC Group with Acting Superintendent John Storke

    In agreement with Caledon State Park (VA) and the Chesapeake Bay Office, the park had the opportunity to host 10 YCC girls and 3 leaders. Their main direction of work here at George Washington Birthplace was to work on the shoreline erosion and vista clearing around the Visitor Center and part of the historic area trail. Read more

  • Blue Ridge Parkway

    Historic Parkway Water Fountains Benefit from Innovation of Local Students

    old vs new drinking fountain

    Students may have their handiwork on the national stage after they designed high-tech, rustic-looking inner drinking fountains on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Read more

  • Cape Cod National Seashore

    Aquinnah & Mashpee Wampanoag Communities Engage Visitors

    Visitors dancing with Wampanoag

    Seashore staff hosted a celebration of Wampanoag culture and traditions on June 1, 2013 at the Salt Pond Visitor’s Center. Read more

  • Salem Maritime National Historic Site

    Park Completes "First of its Kind" State of the Park Report

    Cover Page of State of the Park Report

    Scientists, technicians and Salem Maritime National Historic Site managers have taken a long look at natural, cultural and historic resources in their care and summarized their findings in a first-of-its kind "State of the Park" report. Read more

  • New England National Scenic Trail

    A Hip Hop Musical Adventure on the NET

    Youth Ambassador Program team exploring the NET

    A hip hop musical video adventure along the New England National Scenic Trail (NET), produced by the NPS Youth Ambassador Program (YAP), is creating a buzz among young people. With a storyline inspired by The Matrix, the video has registered over 1000 views on YouTube and energized young people across New England to “find their adventure” on the NET. It has even spurred other national trails to produce their own dance videos. Read more

  • Oil Region National Heritage Area

    Strong Partnership Helps Oil Region NHA Conserve Resources and Attract More Visitors

    Stacks of tourist brochures and magazines for the Oil Region NHA.

    For many Americans who don't live near a National Park, NHAs serve as the public face of NPS and help NPS reach new audiences. In the Oil Region NHA in northwestern Pennsylvania, the NPS/NHA partnership is helping connect trails, restore historic homes, and provide visitor services and economic development for this nationally-significant region. Read more

  • Steamtown National Historic Site

    Steamtown NHS Hosted Two Operational Leadership Courses in June

    Park staff view a PowerPoint demonstration during classroom training at Independence NHP.

    Steamtown NHS hosted two Operational Leadership (OL) courses in June for nearly forty park staff. Read more

  • New England National Scenic Trail

    Poetry Illuminates the New England Trail

    Sculptor Christopher Frost on the New England Trail

    Hikers on the New England National Scenic Trail (NET) may discover something unexpectedly glowing. The Hespera Stones, a temporary sculpture inscribed with poetry from Emily Dickinson, quietly greets visitors as they explore the NET along the Mt. Holyoke Range in Skinner State Park in Hadley, Massachusetts. As artist Christopher Frost describes in the accompanying video, these softly glowing stones combine green technology and sculpture. Read more

  • Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine



    Inner-city Fife and Drum campers demonstrate their newly learned skills by performing 1812 era music at Fort McHenry! Read more

  • Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve

    Kingsley Plantation Audio Tour

    audio tour

    The Timucuan Preserve introduced a new multimedia interpretive tour in May of 2013. Read more

  • Governors Island National Monument

    A Building Comes Tumbling Down and Memories Come Tumbling Forth...

    Top row: Building 877 in 2004 and 2013 demolition. Bottom row: Buildings 844, 855 & 866.

    The demolition of a modern, but obsolete military apartment building near the Govenrors Island National Monument prompts a rush of memories for those who called it home. Read more

  • Blue Ridge Parkway

    Rangers Make An Impact in Schools Along the Blue Ridge Parkway

    Park volunteer assists with field trip to the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center.

    During the 2012-2013 winter season, 573 classrooms across the Blue Ridge Parkway region were visited by park rangers, sharing natural and cultural resource lessons and planting seeds in young minds about the importance of stewardship and our country’s national park system. Read more

  • New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

    Learners to Teachers Welcome Fellow English Language Learners to National Parks

    Learner to Teacher Arelys, wearing her NPS volunteer polo talks with elementary age English language learners.

    Learners to Teachers & New Bedford High School students Keven A, Keven F, Matilde, Arelys, and Jacinta were powerful examples for 54 3rd-5th graders from Hayden McFadden, Winslow and Gomes Elementary Schools. All of the students have one thing in common: they are all English Language Learners. As the Learners to Teachers premiered their capstone project, the film, "Welcome to New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park," Keven F declared: "We made this video for you!" Read more

  • George Washington Birthplace National Monument

    U.S. Army Band Comes to First Commander-in-Chief’s Birthplace

    U.S. Army Band, Pershing's Own,

    A special event to honor America's military veterans concluding with the music of a U.S. Army band at the birthplace of the first Commander-in-Chief. Read more

  • George Washington Birthplace National Monument

    Computers for Learning; From National Park to Local Schools

    Westmoreland County Public Schools and Park Superintendent

    In late May the park donated computers to the local school district to aid in their continuing move to provide more technology for their students. In addition, the park made inroads into the sizeable Hispanic population that resides in Westmoreland County, the same county George Washington Birthplace National Monument is located in. Read more

  • Schuylkill River Valley National Heritage Area

    Schuylkill River Sojourn Gives Paddlers a Taste of Civil War History

    A young woman prepares her kayak for a day on the water.

    The Schuylkill River NHA recently held its 15th Annual Schuylkill River Sojourn, a 112-mile paddling trip featuring programming surrounding the region's important Civil War history. Participants joined anywhere from one day to the full week-long trip and enjoyed visits from U.S. Congressman Charlie Dent, Gettysburg NMP Superintendent Bob Kirby, and a one-woman play from Hopewell Furnace NHP. Read more

  • Cane River Creole National Historical Park

    Juneteenth Recognized with Special Program

    Jessica with Kids

    In honor of Juneteenth, park staff and volunteers presented a special education program to local students. Read more

  • George Washington Birthplace National Monument

    Looking at the Past to Interpret to the Future

    Graduate students and park staff working in collections

    Reevaluating archaeology of the birthplace of George Washington to better understand the history of the site and the Washington family. Read more