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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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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