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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  • Chesapeake Bay

    Chesapeake Youth Corps and Universal Access

    Five Chesapeake Youth Corps participants pose in front of the new universally accessible boat launch they helped build.

    The list of accomplishments for partners in the NPS-led Chesapeake Youth Corps has grown in 2013, and includes installation of a universally accessible kayak launch at Bladensburg Waterfront Park on the Anacostia River in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Read more

  • Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

    Star-Spangled Banner Trail Stewards Blaze The Way

    New Star-Spangled Banner Trail Stewards take the flag to Patterson Park in Baltimore City

    5th graders in Baltimore, Maryland blazed the way as the first Trail Stewards on the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail Read more

  • Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail

    Building the John Smith Trail on the James River

    Chickahominy River pier on the John Smith Trail

    Many state and local partners and non-profit organizations are working with NPS to give visitors access to the beauty of Chesapeake waters and landscapes along the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail. Read more

  • Cane River Creole National Historical Park

    Christmas Down River Traditions Continue

    Choir Photo

    Park hosts annual Christmas Down River events at Oakland and Magnolia plantations. Read more

  • Golden Gate National Recreation Area

    Online Games Bring Parks to the People

    A screenshot capturing one of GGNRA’s new online interactive games.

    Golden Gate National Recreation Area released two new web-based games that bring the park experience to the people. Children learn about their local national park unit from their homes and classrooms and develop the critical thinking and analytical skills necessary for becoming the world’s next generation of park stewards. Read more

  • Golden Gate National Recreation Area

    Historic Restaurant Serves Up Sustainability

    The demonstration wind turbine in operation alongside the Cliff House and its adjacent gift shop.

    This famous park concessioner’s dedication to health and sustainability is reflected in both its menu and operations. Read more

  • Golden Gate National Recreation Area

    High School Students Get out in the Park

    Galileo High School students wade in the water near Crissy Field as part of an AP Environmental Science course.

    AP Environmental Science students from the Galileo Academy of Science and Technology use their local national park unit as a living laboratory. Read more

  • Golden Gate National Recreation Area

    Educator Training Event Promotes Diversity in Parks

    Animated park educators develop action and implementation plans together.

    With help from a National Park Foundation grant, Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) has developed a week-long multicultural training program for fellow California-based national park educators and interpreters. Read more

  • Golden Gate National Recreation Area

    Collaborative Partner Programming Extends Educational Reach

    NatureBridge program participants compare a seal to a sea lion at the The Marine Mammal Center.

    Park partners The Marine Mammal Center and NatureBridge combine forces to extend their educational reach. Read more

  • Golden Gate National Recreation Area

    There’s No Place like Home Away

    A group of Home Away program participants enjoying nearby Rodeo Beach.

    Park partner, A Home Away From Homelessness, provides underserved youth with a meaningful park experience. Read more

  • Fort Necessity National Battlefield

    Teachers, Look What We Have For You!

    Children on a school field trip inside Fort Necessity

    Using the new National Park Service education portal website teachers can view what Fort Necessity has to offer. Posted on the website are 25 lesson plans, 5 field trips, a WebRangers program and teacher development opportunities. Read more

  • Fort Necessity National Battlefield

    Boy Scouts Dig Archaeology

    Boy Scouts and a Park Ranger looking for artifacts

    The park now offers a program for Boy Scouts which allows them to complete the Archaeology Merit Badge. This year it was advertised locally with 106 people participating over 6 days. Read more

  • Friendship Hill National Historic Site

    Website featuring Albert Gallatin

    Albert Gallatin is not very well known, however his contributions to the young United States are huge. Through the new National Park Service education portal teacher can now learn about and teach their students about the accomplishments of this incredible man. Read more

  • Cane River Creole National Historical Park

    Park Throws Birthday Party for French Philosoper

    Group Photo

    Park hosts party and displays rare books in honor of Denis Diderot. Read more

  • Richmond National Battlefield Park

    Richmond NBP employs innovative tools to manage a 290-year-old house

    Park service employee working on bricks framing a historic window

    Using innovative tools and expert staff, Richmond National Battlefield Park is preserving and stabilizing the early 18th-century Shelton House on the Totopotomoy Creek battlefield. Read more

  • Maggie L Walker National Historic Site

    Commemorating first African American Girl Scout Troop south of the Mason-Dixon line

    Girl Scouts pose in front of a large photo of Maggie Walker

    To commemorate the work of Maggie L. Walker in the 1930s to help establish the first African American Girl Scout Troop south of the Mason-Dixon Line, the National Park Service and the Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia are partnering to introduce Maggie Walker’s inspiring story to young women throughout central Virginia. Read more

  • Heritage Preservation Services

    Historic Tax Credits Help Preserve Buildings that Tell of America’s Diverse Identity

    Picture of the exterior of the Boyle Hotel in Los Angeles after a recent rehabilitation.

    The Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program encourages private sector investment in the rehabilitation and reuse of historic buildings. The program has been used to rehabilitate historic buildings in communities both large and small across the nation, not only renowned works of architecture but also those places important to our shared cultural past and that tell the stories of America’s diverse national identify. Read more

  • Cane River Creole National Historical Park

    Cane River's Baseball Legacy Continues

    group photo

    Students and local ball players help keep Cane River's baseball legacy alive. Read more

  • Salem Maritime National Historic Site

    Teachers Become Students in the "Power of Place"

    Teachers Learn to Raise Sails Aboard the Schooner Fame

    For the last two years the education staff of Salem Maritime National Historic Site have been on a mission to demonstrate the benefits of place-based learning to hundreds of teachers and students throughout Essex County, Massachusetts. Read more

  • Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site

    Social Media Gives Park Global Reach

    The Park Facebook Page Cross the 1,000 Follower Mark

    In 2013 rangers launched a content-creation campaign on Facebook featuring daily photos, historical factoids and interactive activities to bolster public awareness and appreciation of the site. By the end of the 2013 season the new content had increased social media followers by 49% to over 1,000 followers and served an average of 504 people per day with new information about the iron works. Read more