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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  • Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve

    Dragonfly Larvae Survey

    ranger and citizen scientist

    Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve partnered with Jacksonville University (JU) to organize dragonfly larvae collection into a citizen science activity. Read more

  • Minute Man National Historical Park

    Timberland Volunteers at Minute Man NHP

    Timberland volunteers in front of company truck.

    Timberland in the Land of the Minute Men: Timberland Company volunteers spend a day at Minute Man NHP working in the agriculture fields of the park which have been farmed and grazed for nearly 400 years. The volunteers cleared fence line, removed invasive plants, and built cattle shelters. Read more

  • Minute Man National Historical Park

    Reinterpreting The Wayside: Home of Authors

    Historical house with scaffolding and restoration equipment.

    Bringing the historic "Home of Authors" into the 21st century: As this historic house is being renovated, a team of park interpretive staff are working on updating the interpretation of the house, through new website information, a new audio tour, and updated programming and tours. Read more

  • Denali National Park & Preserve

    Denali Provides a Week of Learning and Job Shadowing to Local High School Students

    A researcher stands with a group of students around a tripod

    In late August, 2014, Denali National Park and Preserve hosted a week-long “Intensive” learning program for all 57 high school students in the Denali Borough. Students spent the week engaged – hands-on – in the complexities of how and why the National Park Service works to preserve and protect Denali. Read more

  • New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

    Next Generation of Park Stewards Recognized

    A stroll down Water Street in 1851

    The Junior Ranger Service Corps of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park received the National Park Service, Northeast Region George and Helen Hartzog Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service, Youth Group Category. Read more

  • Lowell National Historical Park

    Mass Parks Student Career Intake Program: New Hire and Retention Milestone.

    Saoran Roeuth with her 5 year government service award.

    SCIP interns Resi Polixa and Saoran Roeuth achieved major milestones this year. Read more

  • Lowell National Historical Park

    Lowell Spindle City Corps Youth: Serving While Exploring

    Lowell Spindle City Corp with bags of waste material from a recent clean-up.

    Spindle City Corp provides 1000 hours plus of work to help Lowell National Historical Park and the greater Lowell community. Read more

  • Lowell National Historical Park

    Youth Engage in Historic Preservation: Trades Skills Program at Lowell NHP

    Trade Skills intern John Kheoloung and park electrician, Bob Moretti.

    Vocational students from the Greater Lowell Regional Vocational Technical High School participate in a job skills training program working on historic preservation projects at Lowell National Historical Park. Read more

  • Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve

    Safety Leaders at Glacier Bay!

    Glacier Bay staff are safety professionals.

    Glacier Bay empowers employees to use critical thinking skills in daily risk management and to embrace safety as part of their professional identitity. Read more

  • Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site

    Art in the Parks

    Woodstock School of Art at the Eleanor Roosevelt NHS

    In partnership with Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites, the Woodstock School of Art held 3 classes onsite at the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site at Val-Kill during the week of July 7 -12. Read more

  • Home Of Franklin D Roosevelt National Historic Site

    Voices of the Hudson Valley

    Park Ranger, Victor Pennes engages audience at the listening matters workshop in conversation.

    For the last year, the park has been one of five Hudson Valley repositories working with a local organization called Sound and Story to bring these and many other stories to life for the public through a project called “Voices of the Hudson Valley.” Read more

  • Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site

    Student Artwork is Keeping the Dream Alive

    Student Artwork exhibited in the Visitor Center at the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt NHS.

    A pictorial exploration of Eleanor Roosevelt's commitment to Human Rights. Read more

  • Cane River Creole National Historical Park

    Two Wheels to History

    Bike Riders at Oakland

    Park uses National Park Foundation grant to start bicycle program. Read more

  • Cane River Creole National Historical Park

    Park Honors Volunteer

    Barbara Smith

    Volunteer accumulates over 600 hours over three year period. Read more

  • Valley Forge National Historical Park

    VOICES of Valley Forge Celebrates Cultural Diversity

    African American soldier with local students

    The VOICES workshops uncovered through visual and performing arts and literature the stories of diversity, women and children that are often not present in the traditional historical narrative and provided opportunities for relevant park experiences for park neighbors and youth who had not previously visited the park. Read more

  • Lowell National Historical Park

    "Re-Inventing America: Lowell and the Industrial Revolution" website launched.

    Logo for

    The Tsongas Industrial History Center (TIHC) launched a new web feature whose development was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities for educators everywhere. Read more

  • Lowell National Historical Park

    28th Annual Lowell Folk Festival

    Performers from Grand Master Seiichi Tanaka's San Francisco Taiko Dojo stand next to taiko drums

    Grand Master Seiichi Tanaka's San Francisco Taiko Dojo. Japanese taiko drumming kick off the 28th Lowell Folk Festival at Boardinghouse Park. Read more

  • Valley Forge National Historical Park

    The Summer of Bugs at Valley Forge NHP concludes with a 24-hour insect inventory

    Young girl points at a spider wasp captured in a plastic container.

    The Summer of Bugs provided a season-long opportunity for Valley Forge National Historical Park visitors and distance learners to become citizen scientists, join in fun and educational biodiversity discovery activities, and collect data on a group of animals for which the park had little information. Read more

  • Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

    Working together to protect dark skies

    Hawaiian petrel

    Last summer, park wildlife biologists overnighted on Mauna Loa, and at high elevation observed very bright lights below in the vicinity of the park's headquarters area. Further investigation showed it was Kilauea Military Camp, which operates under a special use permit in the park. Subsequently, park staff worked extensively with KMC to make significant improvements, returning dark skies to the park, benefiting both night-flying seabirds and visitors. Read more

  • Minute Man National Historical Park

    Youth Thrive in Historic Gardens: Branching Out Comes to Minute Man NHP

    Park Superintendent, staff, and volunteers in park gardens.

    Youth Thrive in Historic Gardens: Olmsted Branching Out Program spent a week in July, 2014 at Minute Man NHP assisting park staff in the installation of benches and removal of invasive plants from the historic park gardens. Read more