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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  • Lyndon B Johnson National Historical Park

    Teaming Up Locally

    Johnson City Students hold signs for the cyclists starting the 85 mile ride.

    The students and teachers at Johnson City High School have traditionally participated in educational programs, but this year they became involved in the LBJ 100 Bicycle Tour. Reaction to working with the park staff and other volunteers resulting in school administrators asking for more opportunities to participate. Read more

  • Dinosaur National Monument

    Collaboration Breeds Success: Discovering Lost Worlds at Dinosaur National Monument

    Four images of paleontological research in Dinosaur National Monument

    Dinosaur is a spectacular laboratory in which earth scientists can study ancient ecosystems. The Monument has extensive collaborative inventory, monitoring, and research efforts underway with museums and universities across the country. Read more

  • Dinosaur National Monument

    Dinosaur Broadens Appeal with Social Media

    Can you find the bobcat in this photo?

    To broaden the understanding and appreciation of Dinosaur National Monument’s diverse resources, staff have been diligently using social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and now Flickr to build an on-line community. Read more

  • Saguaro National Park

    Transportation Funds Enable Urban School Children To Visit Saguaro National Park

    Children hiking as part of an environmental education program

    As school budgets shrank and visits by schools and community youth groups diminished, transportation funds from the Friends of Saguaro National Park rejuvenated visits, especially from targeted, underrepresented communities where budget cuts had the most pronounced effects. In 2011, between the BioBlitz and regular programming, an additional 4,000 young people visited the park that otherwise would not have. Read more

  • Colorado National Monument

    A Critical Location: A discussion on the Dark Sky Coop at Colorado National Monument

    Visitors lining up for evening Astronomy Programs

    Colorado National Monument hosts multi-agency and community meeting to discuss the formation of a Dark Sky Cooperative. The purpose of the cooperative is: To perpetuate starry night skies by establishing America's first Dark Sky Cooperative. This voluntary effort will link communities, tribes, businesses, state agencies, federal agencies, and citizens in a collaborative effort to celebrate the view of the cosmos and minimize the impact of outdoor lighting. Read more

  • Walnut Canyon National Monument

    Flagstaff Area Monuments Awarded America’s Best Idea Grant

    Connecting With The Resource

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  • Saguaro National Park

    Electronic Field Trip as part of BioBlitz 2011

    Ranger Jeff and Dara on camera

    During the 2011 National Geographic BioBlitz, Saguaro National Park was able to bring over 2,300 students into the park for the event. Millions more were offered an opportunity to participate virtually though a National Park Foundation Electronic Field Trip. Read more

  • Fort Davis National Historic Site

    The Doctor is In

    Surgeon's Office

    Exhibits have been placed in the newly restored 1880s Post Hospital. This includes a self-diagnosing tool called the "Wheel of Misfortune", medical instruments from a doctor's case and fully furnished surgeons office. The office includes an examining table, skeleton and hundreds of leather bound reference books. Read more

  • Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor

    The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor Receives Best Trail Project Award

    Marathon participants race along a shaded trail.

    The D&L Trail, a cornerstone project of the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, was recently awarded Best Trail Project by the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund. The trail was called out for its strong contributions to the economy of the region, calculated at $19 million annually. Read more

  • Grand Canyon National Park

    25th Annual Grand Canyon Star Party to be Held June 13-20, 2015

    Young park visitor looking through a telescope

    Grand Canyon National Park will be hosting its 25rd Annual Star Party June 13 through 20, 2015. Read more

  • Grand Canyon National Park

    Grand Canyon Continues Efforts to Remove Tamarisk from the Park

    Tamarisk Removal from Crystal Creek

    Continued removal of tamarisk from park side canyons and other high priority invasive plants from throughout the park is a high priority for the Vegetation Restoration staff at Grand Canyon Naitonal Park. Read more

  • Grand Canyon National Park

    Go Green

    Photovoltaic systems installed on Grand Canyon Visitor Center

    Grand Canyon National Park has accomplished many goals to reduce the NPS carbon footprint and showcase its commitment to renewable energy. I Read more

  • Grand Canyon National Park

    New Orientation and Interpretive Exhbitis

    Relief map at Grand Canyon Visitor Center

    In May 2012, Grand Canyon National Park installed new interpretive exhibits at the main park visitor center on the South Rim. The project too three years to compelted and was funded through the FLREA program. Read more

  • Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

    "Songs for Junior Rangers," music that helps connect families to parks

    cover of Songs for Junior Ranger album

    Florissant Fossil Beds ranger Jeff Wolin wrote 19 songs and helped the NPS create a one-of-a-kind, award winning, children's album. Read more

  • Grand Canyon National Park

    Grand Canyon Staff Trained in Operational Leadership

    Park staff participates in mule packing safety training.

    Over 25% of the staff at Grand Canyon Naitonal Park have completed the Operational Leadership safey training course. Read more

  • Baltimore National Heritage Area

    The Baltimore NHA Proves Conserving Historic Resources Has Positive Economic Impacts

    Looking down on a section of the brick and earthen fortifications of Fort McHenry, with Baltimore City in the background.

    According to the findings of a new economic impact report, the Baltimore National Heritage Area provides over $313 million in benefits to the region and supports over 4,000 jobs. Much of this work is done through partners, many of whom have been receiving excellent grant support for preservation projects including interpretation of the nation's oldest surviving big city railroad terminal. Read more

  • Timpanogos Cave National Monument

    Connecting Kids with the Natural World

    A park ranger presents a program about forest communities

    Timpanogos Cave National Monument is engaged in a long-term education partnership which introduces local school children to resources and recreation. Over the past year over 1,500 school children have participated in exciting, curriculum-based outdoor experiences. Read more

  • Cane River Creole National Historical Park

    Student Creates Award Winning Project on Oakland Plantation

    Noelle Dunn with display

    Noelle Dunn's Oakland Plantation project wins "1st Place Overall" at the Holy Savior Menard Social Studies fair. Read more

  • Grand Canyon National Park

    Grand Canyon National Park Celebrates Archaeology Day

    Young visitor enjoys Archaedology Day.

    Grand Canyon National Park hosted Archaeology Day on March 23rd to teach park visitors about the rich human history of the park. Read more

  • Grand Canyon National Park

    Visitors Use Pedal Power to Experience Grand Canyon National Park

    Bright Angel Bicycle Rental at Grand Canyon Visitor Center

    Visitors to Grand Canyon National Park can now leave their cars behind and rent bicycles to experience the canyon from a new park concessioner, Bright Angel Bikes. Read more

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