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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  • 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

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    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

  • Yellowstone National Park

    Yellowstone Youth Conservation Corps

    six youth in Yellow hard hats stand on a trail

    Yellowstone will offer its Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program for the 26th consecutive summer in 2015. A month-long residential program will be offered for young people between the ages of 15 and 18 years of age. Read more

  • Yellowstone National Park

    Expedition Yellowstone

    A line of students and parents in colorful winter gear lean over a boardwalk railing to view an active hot spring with a ranger.

    Students and teachers extend the classroom walls to include the living laboratory of Yellowstone National Park. Read more

  • Yellowstone National Park

    Yellowstone To You

     A female park ranger sits on the carpet in a circle of second grade children.

    If you can't come to Yellowstone, park rangers will bring Yellowstone to you! Regional communities get to know the nearby treasures that await them. Read more

  • Minute Man National Historical Park

    National Preservation Groups Announce Campaign to Protect and Study Parker’s Revenge

    Historian David Hackett Fisher address the assembled crowed at Minute Man Visitor Center.

    Study and preservation of "Parker's Revenge" is underway at Minute Man National Historical Park. Read more

  • Lowell National Historical Park

    Our future is bright.

    Kevin Khan and Rich Hansen at the Boott Cotton Mills Museum

    Kevin Khan and Rich Hansen replaced incandescent outdoor lighting. Read more

  • Tumacácori National Historical Park

    Curriculum-based Education Programs Go Inquiry-Based

    ranger and students pointing at inside of adobe church

    With Common Core standards emphasizing critical thinking skills and analysis of primary source materials, Tumacácori reformatted its traditional "mission tour" into a series of inquiry-based programs for school groups. Read more

  • Tumacácori National Historical Park

    Family Sleepovers Offer Great New Opportunities for Tumacácori Visitors

    kid sleeping on ground in front of church

    During shoulder seasons of fall and spring, Tumacácori offers the popular Family Sleepover, inviting visitors to experience the mission grounds as travelers in the area may have during the post-mission period. Read more

  • Pony Express National Historic Trail

    Follow Three National Historic Trails in Utah Using a New Smartphone Mobile App

    Flowers in grass in foreground looking down at a winding road with hills in background.

    National Trails Intermountain Region has released a new smartphone mobile application. This innovative technology allows visitors to follow the California, Mormon Pioneer, and Pony Express national historic trails at their convenience using their own custom pocket guide. Read more

  • Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail

    NPS Youth Program Instrumental on National Historic Trail

    Youth building a floating dock

    NPS youth program intern and participants build another access point to the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail - this time on an important tributary in the nation's capital. Read more

  • Montezuma Castle National Monument

    Riparian Pasture Project Restores Montezuma Well’s Native Habitat

    Two images of the same area in pasture - one with brown grass and tumbleweed, and one with green bushes and new trees.

    The Montezuma Well Riparian Restoration Project, located at the Well Unit of Montezuma Castle National Monument, began in 2008 as a cooperative venture with Natural Channel Design (NCD). Despite many challenges during the project, the overall goal of restoring the native habitat and reducing the number of invasive species has been successful. Read more

  • Montezuma Castle National Monument

    Researchers Help Keep Montezuma Castle Looking Good

    Three people stand discussing a wall with pink plaster.

    The Montezuma Castle cliff dwelling is one of the best-preserved ruins in the Southwest, and the NPS wants to keep it that way. Here, plasters made from local clay and wood ceilings that might normally have been lost to weathering are intact and protected. The NPS has partnered with researchers from the University of New Mexico to learn more about the Castle and how best to help protect it. Read more

  • Trail Of Tears National Historic Trail

    Trail of Tears National Historic Trail Exhibits Completed at Laughlin Park, Missouri

    Two smiling women stand in front of an upright exhibit in front of a green lawn with trees.

    Seven new wayside exhibits were developed at Roubidoux Springs in Laughlin Park in Waynesville, Missouri. The park is the site of a historic Cherokee removal campsite. Visitors can walk the one-mile interpretive trail to the historic Trail of Tears crossing at Roubidoux Creek. Read more

  • Independence National Historical Park

    Independence Engages the Next Generation of Park Stewards

    Students in semi-circle look at ideas on post it notes with Park Ranger in uniform.

    Ten middle school students from the Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania enjoyed a whole school year helping Independence National Historical Park staff test new lesson plans. The end result? Some great Common Core-based lesson plans and a cohort of new park stewards. Read more

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