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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  • Yorktown Battlefield Part of Colonial National Historical Park

    "I thought freedom was better than anything else" Contraband Robert Ruffin, Yorktown

    Dr. Ronald Butchart presenting program at symposium

    After the 1862 Peninsula Campaign, the Virginia Peninsula was under federal control. In 1863, when President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, the area was specifically excluded; yet thousands of contraband fleed to the Union garrison at Yorktown. "Contraband, Freedmen and Community," was a symposium held on July 20, 2013 that investigated the African American Experience in the Union occupied South during the Civil War. Read more

  • Thomas Stone National Historic Site

    Uncovering the Past at Thomas Stone NHS

    Park Interns Caroline Davis and Kaylah Rodriguez with the 1860 Stone Family Census Record

    Making accessible archives online and learning about our shared history in the process. Read more

  • George Washington Birthplace National Monument

    Incorporating Technology to Teach about George Washington and Colonial America

    Exploring the touch screen Ipad exhibit

    Visitors can now experience blacksmithing, weaving, and open-hearth cooking even when volunteers and staff are not present to actually perform these activities. How you may ask? Read more

  • Wheeling National Heritage Area

    Celebrating 150 Years of Statehood with a New Poem

    Cover of printed poem with hillside in background

    In celebration of the sesquicentennial celebration for the state of West Virginia, the Wheeling NHA commissioned Poet Laureate Marc Harshman to write “A Song for West Virginia,” which was read for over 4,000 attendees of Wheeling’s West Virginia Day event in July. Read more

  • Thomas Stone National Historic Site

    Celebrating Independence Day in Southern Maryland

    July 4, 2013

    For the first time in its history, Thomas Stone National Historic Site celebrated 4th of July in a different way; with some outside assistance. Read more

  • Petrified Forest National Park

    Petrified Forest National Park's Restaurant Serves Locally Grown Produce

    Image of salad greens in a bag

    Petrified Forest National Park's main restaurant is working with a local farm to serve locally grown organic products to park visitors. Read more

  • Mammoth Cave National Park

    Tween researchers explore citizen science at Mammoth Cave National Park

    Two students collect dragonfly larvae in a pond.

    This summer, 24 sixth, seventh, and eighth graders from the Dayton Regional STEM School in Kettering, Ohio, completed an intensive, hands-on, three-week course focused on the science and history of Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky. The Mammoth Cave International Center for Science and Learning facilitated their trip and literally immersed the students in caves, ponds, and research through citizen science. Read more

  • Intermountain Region

    Petrified Forest National Park's Restaurant Serves Locally Grown Produce

    Image of salad greens in a bag

    Petrified Forest National Park's main restaurant is working with a local farm to serve locally grown organic products to park visitors. Read more

  • Jimmy Carter National Historic Site

    Presidents and Patriots Bike Ride

    Preparing for a nice bike ride.

    The Jimmy Carter National Historic Site, Andersonville National Historic Site, Florence Marina State Park, Georgia Veterans State Park, the SAM Shortline, and the River Valley Regional Commission all partnered to bring a great cycling event to southwest Georgia. Read more

  • Jimmy Carter National Historic Site

    Cane Syrup Day

    Making cane syrup.

    Each year Jimmy Carter National Historic Site demonstrates how sugarcane syrup is made at Jimmy Carter’s Boyhood Farm. Read more

  • Marsh - Billings - Rockefeller National Historical Park

    Vermont Atlas of Life Field Day

    Photographing moths at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP

    Dozens of naturalists converged on Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park to learn how citizen scientists can participate in the Vermont Atlas of Life project at iNaturalist.org. Walks focusing on birds, bees, plants, and moths allowed naturalists of all ages to learn more about these organisms. Participants submitted photographs online as part of the park’s citizen scientist database. Perhaps more importantly, they learned about natural history and how they can Read more

  • Cape Cod National Seashore

    Public Art Commemorates DOE Climate Research Facility

    Colorful and expressive earth energy cycle mural

    For one year, from July 2012 to 2013, the Cape Cod National Seashore hosted the Department of Energy’s Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Mobile Climate Research Facility at the Highlands Center. To commemorate the presence of the ARM facility, Highlands Fest 2013 included the painting of a mural depicting earth’s energy cycle, designed by AmeriCorps Cape Cod member Kristen Grace. Read more

  • Cape Cod National Seashore

    A Year of Atmospheric Measurements and Student Learning

    Visitors at the ARM facility

    This July marks the end of the one-year deployment of the Department of Energy’s Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Mobile Climate Research Facility at the Highlands Center. Over the past year, scientists have been collecting data related to aerosols— tiny particles in the air such as dust, soot and sea salt—and how they affect clouds and the climate. Read more

  • Cape Cod National Seashore

    Highlands Fest 2013 Celebrates Climate Research and the Arts

    Participants observe a weather balloon launch at Highlands Fest

    The Cape Cod National Seashore hosted the 6th annual Highlands Fest in June at the Highlands Center in North Truro. Highlands Fest is a celebration of the Highlands Center, whose mission is to foster the unique and cultural heritage of Cape Cod by engaging in an environment in which scientific research, arts creation, and educational programs can flourish. The theme for this year’s event was “Weathering Change in Our Air, Land and Sea.” Read more

  • Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor

    “Walkabouts” Provide Popular Way to Get Exercise While Learning About History

    A Park Ranger shares information with cyclists

    The Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor has been leading free weekly Ranger Walkabouts every summer since 1997. The educational walking tours visit heritage area partners and other important cultural and historical sites throughout the region and give participants the chance to stay active while learning about the history and diversity of the heritage area. Read more

  • Cape Cod National Seashore

    Greening of Herring Cove Beach Facility

    New bathhouse at Herring Cove Beach

    On July 11, 2013, Cape Cod National Seashore hosted the grand opening of the new bathhouse at Herring Cove Beach in Provincetown. Many community members came to celebrate the beautiful new structure, which is a model for sustainable design and construction, and enjoy the festive atmosphere with live music, free food, and remarks from the superintendent. Read more

  • Cape Cod National Seashore

    Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights

    Children enjoying the outdoors at Cape Cod National Seashore

    For Cape Cod National Seashore vacationers seeking to shed their highly scheduled and technology-driven lives, the national seashore has experiential opportunities around every corner, making it the perfect escape! Rangers have developed the Cape Cod Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights—ten quintessential experiences that every child should experience here. Read more

  • Midwest Region

    Youth Cycling Adventure Builds Confidence, Connections to History and the Outdoors

    Youth with JAZZ Ranger

    Ten diverse high school students from North Carolina complete a 1,500 mile bicycle trek from New Orleans to St. Louis. Read more

  • 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