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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  • Cedar Breaks National Monument

    Stories of the Past Festival

    Cedar Breaks' rangers and volunteers pose in a 1920's era tour bus during the Stories of the Past Festival

    The annual “Stories of the Past” Festival celebrates a different period of the Cedar Breaks' history each year. Read more

  • Glacier National Park

    Blackfeet Student Videographers

    Blackfeet students receiving their 1st place awards

    Glacier launched 25 artist led expeditions that involve youth in creating new expressions of the park experience through fresh perspectives and new technology. Read more

  • Aztec Ruins National Monument

    Rangers Give a Hundred More Programs in Local Schools

    Three students and a ranger after playing the shinny stick game.

    Aztec Ruins has dramatically expanded its educational outreach by providing innovative curriculum-based programs and adopting a class of 2016. Read more

  • Saguaro National Park

    Camp Moreno: Hispanic Family Overnight Adventure at Saguaro National Park

    Children explore a tent with a backdrop of the Sonoran Desert behind the tent .

    In October 2012, Saguaro National Park and the Intermountain Region hosted an overnight family camp at the park, with support from Western National Parks Association, the National Park Foundation and Alpino Mountain Sports with families attending from Roskruge K-8 School. Read more

  • Saguaro National Park

    Barriers to the Wilderness Next Door: Hispanic Community Focus Groups Project

    Diverse youth and a park ranger examine a plant encountered on a hike in a wash in Saguaro National Park.

    In order to inform Saguaro National Park’s community engagement initiatives, in cooperation with the University of Idaho’s Park Studies Unit, a series of 8 bilingual focus groups were conducted in the greater metropolitan Tucson area with 43 members of the local Hispanic community participating. The results of this research have provided insight to Saguaro National Park about how to more effectively engage the significantly underrepresented local Hispanic community. Read more

  • Glacier National Park

    Half the Park Happens After Dark

    Solar telescopes set up at the Logan Pass Parking Area

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  • Saguaro National Park

    Rincon Mountain Visitor Center Exhibit Project

    Exhibits original to building from the 1950s and one of the schematic drawings for the new exhibits in development

    In 2012 Saguaro National Park began the process of overhauling the In 2012 Saguaro National Park began the process of overhauling the Rincon Mountain Visitor Center public space, with the generous help of the Friends of Saguaro National Park. Interior renovations to the building were finished in the fall of 2012 and work to design the new exhibits went into contract at the start of FY13. We anticipate installation of the final exhibit collection in the summer of 2014. Read more

  • Glacier National Park

    Crown of the Continent

    map of the crown of the continent

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  • Glacier National Park

    Expand Opportunities for Students to Directly Experience National Parks

    Ranger Bill Schustrum playing

    Glacier provides transportation support for 100,000 students each year to visit national parks through collaboration with the National Park Foundation and other park fundraising partners. Read more

  • Glacier National Park

    Reaching Visitors Through Poetry and Art

    Image from new wayside exhibit of an owl about to pounce on prey

    Glacier replaces outdated interpretive panels with new exhibits featuring original artwork and poetry. Read more

  • Glacier National Park

    Create Deep Connections Between a Younger Generation and Parks

    Education intern speaking with park visitors

    Education interns get on-the-job-experience working with local school groups. Read more

  • Heritage Areas

    Looking for Lincoln National Heritage Area

    Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr, Harriet Tubman, Fredrick Douglas

    Visiting Springfield you will enjoy a wide array of free interpretive experiences at multiple Lincoln historic sites. In addition, costumed interpreters hosted a variety of programs throughout the summer. Read more

  • Aztec Ruins National Monument

    Dedicated Recycling Committee Encourages Big Changes

    Recycling committee members in front of the old trading post storage building

    Aztec Ruins National Monument has made an effort to be a community example for sustainable practices. A new employee recycling committee increases awareness among the staff and hauls dozens of different materials to various recycling centers. Major annual event such as Earth Day and America Recycles Day encourage local families to reduce their impact on the environment. Read more

  • Saguaro National Park

    Saguaro National Park Tourism Creates $21.9 Million in Local Economic Benefit

    View of saguaro cactus in Saguaro National Park

    A new National Park Service (NPS) report for 2011 shows that the 610,045 visitors to Saguaro National Park spent $21.9 million in communities surrounding the park. This spending supported 294 jobs in the local area. Read more

  • Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park

    Parks to People

    Distance Learning session in progress

    Palo Alto is using Distance Learning to connect visitors to the park to other NPS site across the country. Read more

  • Fossil Butte National Monument

    Twenty-two Year Old Fossil Exhibits Updated for 40th Anniversary Celebration

    fossilized juvenile fish exhibit

    Five 22-year old exhibits at Fossil Butte National Monument were updated in October 2013. Content was revised by monument staff with attention to professional look and quality. The update corrected several scientific inaccuracies, added 54 fossils to the exhibits and introduced interpretive themes that were previously lacking including fry and fingerlings, traces fossils and predator-prey, to name a few. Read more

  • Saguaro National Park

    BioBlitz 2011

    Rocky Mountain Acting Superintendent accepting the Bioblitz flag from Saguaro Superintendent and a represenative from National Geographic

    On October 21-22, 2011, Saguaro National Park became the fifth park to host the annual BioBlitz. Starting in 2006 and continuing until the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016, the National Geographic Society and the National Park Service are sponsoring ten annual BioBlitzes, each a 24-hour scientific inventory and celebration of the diversity of life in a selected premier national park. These events are designed to make connections between parks, science, a Read more

  • Fossil Butte National Monument

    Students Discover Southwest Wyoming's "Aquarium in Stone"

    2nd grade students learn about fossilized fish from Ranger John

    Two hundred and five pre-school, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth and eighth grade students participated in several activities during fall field trips to Fossil Butte National Monument, and fifty two second grade students were visited in their classrooms. The fossilization game, fossil relay, fossil preparation demonstrations and ranger led tours and hikes introduced these students to the amazing fossil story told here. Read more

  • Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park

    Let's Move Junior Ranger

    Let's Move! logo

    Palo Alto's Junior Ranger Adventure gets kids up and outside. Read more

  • Saguaro National Park

    Reduce, Reuse and REFILL

    Reusable water bottle

    Saguaro National Park joined a growing number of parks and universities no longer using vending machines to sell disposable bottled water or soda on site. Read more