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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  • Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

    Keiki o Hawai‘i Nei

    Keiki o Hawai‘i Nei at Halema‘uma‘u

    Keiki (children) from local communities completed an exciting four-day summer junior ranger program exploring the natural and cultural heritage of Hawai‘i at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. The program, which began more than 30 years ago, sparks their enthusiasm for discovery by connecting the children with the park’s resources and staff. A special emphasis on what is distinctly Hawaiian is a mainstay of the curriculum. There is no cost to participate. Read more

  • Lowell National Historical Park

    1300 energetic third-graders visit Lowell NHP in early June as part of "Civic Day."

    Ranger Resi Polixa & Lowell 3rd Graders at

    Lowell Public school third graders had the opportunity to learn about how their community works during the inaugural district-wide civics day on Wednesday, June 4, 2014. Read more

  • New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

    Youth Ambassador Program (YAP!) Teacher's Online Resource Guide

    Cover page of YAP!'s Teacher's Online Resource Guide

    The Youth Ambassador Program (YAP!) is excited to announce our new Teacher’s Resource Guide is now available online. The free resource guide is designed to accompany the Youth Ambassador Program’s debut album, Edutainment Movement. Links are provided to songs, videos, and National Park Service lesson plans that educate students on topics ranging from immigration to sustainability. Read more

  • Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve

    Discover History Event

    students watching presenters portray Timucuan indians

    The Timucuan Preserve hosted “Discover History”, a living history timeline event which spanned the 6000 years of human occupation in Florida. Read more

  • Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine

    Morgan Stanley Volunteers make Fort McHenry beautiful

    Morgan Stanley volunteers in Fort McHenry

    Forty-three volunteers from the Baltimore office of Morgan Stanley invested their time and talent to make Fort McHenry a better park. on Tuesday, June 24, they worked for over 100 hours, weeding and mulching the landscape around the Visitor and Education Center. Read more

  • National Park of American Samoa

    Samoan Students Enjoy First-Time Experiences in the National Park

    Siliaga Elementary School students and Park Ranger Pua Tuaua

    Nearly 800 Samoan students enjoyed field trips to the National Park of American Samoa through the National Park Foundation's "Ticket to Ride" grant program. For most of these students, it was their first visit to a national park. Read more

  • Catoctin Mountain Park

    Catoctin Mountain Artist-in-Residence Program

    Photo of local students who came to Catoctin Mountain Park for an educational class with Artist-in-Residence Shannon Durbin in September 2013.

    Catoctin Mountain Park partnered with the Catoctin Forest Alliance to manage the Catoctin Mountain Artist in Residence program, which has expanded to include Cunningham Falls State Park, the local high school and the Thurmont Regional Library. Catoctin Mountain Artists-in-Residence have conducted educational seminars and classes in the arts in Catoctin Mountain Park, in local public schools and the local library. Read more

  • Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve

    Skype a Ranger

    park ranger on screen

    Video chat applications such as Skype and Facetime bring rangers into classrooms for programs, virtual tours, and/or questions and answer sessions. Read more

  • Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

    Why They "Like" Us

    HAVO Facebook page

    Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park’s Facebook page reaches a diverse community of more than 35,000 “virtual visitors.” In early 2014, the park formed a multi-disciplinary social media team so content would continue to be fresh and informative, and as diverse as our Facebook ‘ohana (family). Our goal was to put the “social” into our social media strategy, by letting each program have a voice on what they feel is important for visitors to know about the park. Read more

  • Hampton National Historic Site

    Partnership, Preservation, and Education

    Summer Gardener Meghan Paige at work

    Funded by a grant from the Federated Garden Clubs of America, a college student majoring in Historic Preservation and Art History is getting a hands-on education in preserving cultural landscapes. Read more

  • Santa Fe National Historic Trail

    Bent's New Fort: A Vital Link

    Three people stand in front of a wayside exhibit surrounded by fall grass, with a bridge and the Arkansas River.

    On October 19th, 2013, over 100 guests attended the dedication of Bent’s New Fort, about eight miles west of Lamar, Colorado. The dedication included five new exhibits and a new trail. Bent’s New Fort links the story of southeastern Colorado—from the development of the Santa Fe Trail, to the occupation of Bent’s Old Fort, the construction of Fort Wise, and the massacre at Sand Creek in 1864. Read more

  • National Center for Preservation Technology and Training

    NCPTT Hosted Pigment Identification and Analysis Workshop

    Workshop students being instructed on proper analytical techniques.

    Pigment Identification and Analysis Workshop. Read more

  • National Center for Preservation Technology and Training

    NCPTT To Hold Engineering Workshop

    Discussing Melrose Plantation's African House.

    Engineering for Historic Timber Framing Workshop at NCPTT. Read more

  • Lowell National Historical Park

    Lowell National Historical Park recogonizes historic and cultural preservation.

    Angkor Dance Troupe members and Phoustia Huy

    Lowell National Historical Park held its annual reception jointly with the Lowell Heritage Partnership on Thursday, May 15th. May is a fitting time to recognize historic and cultural preservation, where it is also “National Preservation Month.” The event was the kick off to “Doors Open Lowell,” Lowell’s thirteenth annual celebration of the preserved, built historic environment. Read more

  • New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

    Youth Leadership Academy Challenges Today's Youth to Become Tomorrow's Leaders

    Youth Leadership Academy sits in a sharing circle on a wooden floor as sunlight streams in.

    The Youth Leadership Academy is a multi-year program for high school students in the Greater New Bedford area. The program focuses on developing leadership skills, preparing students for college and entering the workforce, and building community and national pride by engaging other youth in the celebration of the NPS Centennial in 2016. Read more

  • Cane River Creole National Historical Park

    Cane River Music Festival Poster Contest Winner!

    Poster contest winner

    Alajah Remo won this year's poster contest. Read more

  • Independence National Historical Park

    Independence National Historical Park helps “Spark” students

    Park employee shaking hands with student who is giving thumbs up sign

    Independence National Historical Park hosted three Spark students in internships at the park. Spark’s mission is to provide life-changing apprenticeships to youth in underserved communities across the United States is accomplished by matching 7th and 8th graders with mentors working in career fields aligned with the students’ strengths and interests. Read more

  • Lowell National Historical Park

    Seashore Trolley Museum volunteer group award winners.

    2014 National Park Service Northeast Region’s George and Helen Hartzog Award.

    The Seashore Trolley Museum volunteer group at Lowell National Historical Park is the recipient of the 2014 National Park Service Northeast Region’s George and Helen Hartzog Award Read more

  • Cane River Creole National Historical Park

    Park Hosts 5th Annual Music Festival

    Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band

    Cane River Creole NHP helps to sustain Cane River's rich tradition of live music. Read more

  • President's Park (White House)

    Washington’s Newest TRACK Trail Opens in President's Park

    The ribbon being cut for the new TRACK Trail.

    On April 26th, President’s Park and the Kids in Parks program celebrated the grand opening of Washington’s newest TRACK Trail as part of the Service’s Healthy Parks, Healthy People initiative. Read more