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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  • Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway

    Vets on the River Program

    Men in boats prepare to leave shore.

    The scenic and recreational value of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway is bringing veterans together to bond with each other and reflect in a natural setting. Rivers of Recovery, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the rehabilitation of Iraq and Afghanistan combat veterans, is working with the Riverway to offer multi-day trips, while park staff organize fishing, camping, and family paddles, all designed to help veterans connect with the rivers. Read more

  • Gettysburg National Military Park

    Eisenhower Ticket to Ride

    Eisenhower Ticket to Ride Programs with York City Schools

    During the 2014-2015 school year, 494 students from the York City School District were able to visit Eisenhower National Historic Site with funding and support from the National Park Service Ticket to Ride grant program. Read more

  • Gettysburg National Military Park

    New Cannon Carriage Restoration Shop

    New Cannon Carriage Restoration Shop

    A partnership with the Gettysburg Foundation to create a new cannon carriage restoration shop in Gettysburg’s historic Armory complex is progressing well. The rehab of the three-car garage at the Armory complex is expected to be completed this summer. Staff should begin moving in late June with a tentative final move in date of September 1. Read more

  • Lake Mead National Recreation Area

    LAS VEGAS YOUTH, YMCA CAMPERS EXPERIENCE NATIONAL WATER TRAIL

    YMCA summer campers from North Las Vegas prepare to go kayaking on the Black Canyon Water Trail at Lake Mead National Recreation Area

    Park Rangers from Lake Mead National Recreation Area and partners from the Lower Colorado River Water Trail Alliance hosted 200 YMCA of Southern Nevada summer campers at Willow Beach June 29 to July 2 to introduce them to the Black Canyon Water Trail. The Las Vegas youth rafted and kayaked on the national water trail, giving them the chance to apply classroom lessons in a hands-on and interactive way. Read more

  • Gettysburg National Military Park

    Friends of Gettysburg Volunteer Day

    Friends of Gettysburg Volunteer Day

    On June 6, 320 Friends of Gettysburg volunteers from 19 states gathered at Gettysburg for the annual Friends volunteer day. Working together with NPS staff an incredible amount of stewardship work was accomplished in one day. Read more

  • Gettysburg National Military Park

    Expanded Education Programs

    Expanded Education Programs

    Expanded education programs at Gettysburg during the 2015-16 school year will include new “Lincoln at Gettysburg” materials to our traveling trunks, as well as NPS Centennial programs with Park Rangers presenting in classrooms at local and regional schools about the NPS, careers in parks, and our 100th birthday. Read more

  • Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

    Science and Adventure along the San Juan River

    Group photo of young smiling people outside on the sand.

    The NPS and Outdoor Foundation funded an 8-day San Juan River trip for a group of high school students from Page, Arizona. The trip, ending in early July, was a success because of the collaboration of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area with its nonprofit partner, Grand Canyon Youth. The San Juan River provided many opportunities for outdoor recreational activities, natural resource education, and involvement in resource education, and involvement in resource stewardship. Read more

  • Mammoth Cave National Park

    Caving+hiking+biking = Mammothon at Mammoth Cave NP

    Ranger and visitors with bicycles

    Mammoth Cave NP hosted it first Mammothon on June 21– hopefully the first of many more to come. The 24-mile Mammothon is the one triathlon in the world to feature a hike, bike ride, and underground cave hike. Read more

  • Mammoth Cave National Park

    CAVEservation camps build young park stewards

    Ranger and campers in prehistoric rock shelter

    Edmonson County (Kentucky) 4th graders spent a week at Mammoth Cave National Park as Early Explorers. It was the Early Explorers summer day camp, presented by the park’s environmental education rangers and supported by the Friends of Mammoth Cave in June 2015. The summer day camps are the top priority of the park’s anniversary projects. Read more

  • Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

    Youth Park Rangers: How a Service Learning Project Led to Jobs at Harpers Ferry

    Three park rangers with the watergap behind them

    Learn about the how a local school service learning project led to summer jobs at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Read more

  • Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site

    "Cultural Landscape"

    Heirloom Vegetables that Eleanor Roosevelt grew at Val-Kill

    In examining the property at Val Kill, and researching Eleanor Roosevelt, the students were struck by Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt’s shared ethic of sustainability and the many practical and productive ways that they used the land around the Val Kill cottage - to grow food for their family and friends, flowers to cut and arrange or share, and trees for forest products. Read more

  • Theodore Roosevelt National Park

    BadgerQuest Digs for Success

    University students pose for a photo while doing trail work.

    For the 5th year, students from the University of Wisconsin-Madison's "BadgerQuest" program assisted with backountry projects at Theodore Roosevelt National Park. These students travel around the world helping with projects which focus on community service and environmental consciousness. Read more

  • Montezuma Castle National Monument

    More Than Meets the Eye in Montezuma Well

    A woman in waders walks back to shore in a pond.

    Montezuma Well’s significance is due, in part, to its unique water chemistry and ecosystem. As we continue to identify endemic species (weird bugs!), we help define the Well’s unique environment and distinguish it from all other locations in the region and world. Similarly, research provides invaluable insight into the development and evolution of the MOWE ecosystem. Read more

  • Fort Stanwix National Monument

    History-based Escape Room Game Piloted at Fort Stanwix NM

    smiling people standing in a line

    On Saturday, June 13, Fort Stanwix National Monument became the first national park area to utilize the interactive puzzle game format (known as the Escape Room) to engage visitors in park history. Read more

  • Marsh - Billings - Rockefeller National Historical Park

    Trek to Taste Celebrates National Trails Day

    Trek to Taste tent on Mt Tom

    Close to 1200 people found their park at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park’s “Trek to Taste” a celebration of National Trails Day, June 6. Farm fresh food, guided hikes, arts and crafts, music, yoga, an ice cream social, and student farm to school projects were on the menu in this celebration. Contributions by over thirty community partners, the Vermont NPS Rivers and Trails Technical Assistance Program, and 200 volunteers... Read more

  • Yellowstone National Park

    Horace M. Albright Visitor Center Renovation

    Visitors enter and leave the  Alberight visitor Center, a historic sandstone structure with  orange tile roof.

    Brand new exhibits and a historic setting combine to bring the legacy of park protection and preservation to modern visitors. Read more

  • Yellowstone National Park

    Distance Learning Studio

    Aranger waves to a mounted iPad in front of a Yellowstone backdrop.

    With a helping hand from new technology, rangers meet with students and teachers all over the world to share Yellowstone's ecology, hydrogeology, and history. Read more

  • Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve

    Teaming Up with the Jacksonville Armada

    cannon crew at the ready in a stadium

    The Timucuan Preserve helps launch the Jacksonville Armada's new cannon program. Read more

  • Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve

    50 Cities Rollout and Announcement of Jacksonville

    volunteers planting flowers around a fountain

    The Department of the Interior formally announced the city of Jacksonville, FL as one of the urban centers nationwide included in the 50 Cities Initiative. Read more

  • Yellowstone National Park

    @YellowstoneNPS Social Media

    A group of Park Rangers stand in a circle with thumbs up.

    The use of social media has increased more than any other communication medium in the last eight years. Since 2012, Yellowstone has determined to be a part of the critical conversations in this new realm. Read more

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