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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  • Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site

    The observance of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday and National Holiday

    The Tomb of Dr. and Mrs. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    The Day of Service projects throughout the City of Atlanta; historic tours of Ebenezer Baptist Church and Dr. King’s Birth Home; and, the Annual Commemorative Service which highlighted keynote speaker Rev. Samuel Roderiquez, President, The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference. The activities empowered individuals, strengthened communities, bridged barriers, created solutions to social problems, and moved us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a beloved community. Read more

  • Big Bend National Park

    Preserving the Primal Sky

    Night Sky over Casa Grande

    When the natural cycle of night and day is extended, as with artificial light, organisms have difficulty coping with the changes. Prey has more chance of being preyed on, visual cues for reproduction and migration are altered, and sleep patterns change. All of these things can be harmful to their existence. Big Bend National Park has openly addressed this issue, and taken the initiative to significantly reduce light pollution and promote preservation of dark nigh skies. Read more

  • Big Bend National Park

    The Eyes Have It!

    Tuff Canyon Wayside Exhibit

    Big Bend National Park has taken important measures to insure visitors receive eye-catching, interpretive information with improved wayside exhibits. The park also has an engaging orientation film that will be available in late spring, 2013 (as soon as construction is complete on the new auditorium). And, future plans include a dynamic exhibit that showcases the park's incredible fossil record. Read more

  • Big Bend National Park

    The 21st Century Park

    Big Bend on the Web

    Big Bend National Park has taken considerable strides over the last few years with regard to digital audiences. The website is now much more user-friendly, has a multimedia link that includes HD videos, and Facebook is coming soon! Read more

  • Denali National Park & Preserve

    From the Top of North America to Your Classroom

    children reacting with excitement

    In the winter of 2013-2014, a Denali education ranger and Alaska Geographic educators teleported themselves via Skype into 3rd through 6th grade classrooms across the United States to present fun, standards-based science lessons on sled dog adaptations and the geology of Mt. McKinley. The educators Skyped with 2,757 students in 24 states. Read more

  • Big Bend National Park

    Tasting the Difference

    Chisos Basin Convenience Store

    Healty foods make for happy visitors! Big Bend National Park and the park's concessionaire, Forever Resorts, have collaborated to offer healthier menu choices in the park’s restaurant and more variety of healthy food products in the park's convenience stores. Read more

  • Big Bend National Park

    Parks and Partners - Hand in Hand

    Learning About Tracks

    The Division of Interpretation, in close cooperation with regional partners, has made several notable accomplishments this year. Read more

  • Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor

    A Public Private Partnership Provides New Opportunities for NY Students

    Three students look on intently as a supervisor helps them perform archaeology under a white tent.

    Two important grants awarded to the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor have provided access to historic and cultural sites for over 1300 students across New York State and provided new web-based tools to help teachers bring the stories of those sites into the classroom. Read more

  • Learning and Development

    Peer to Peer Network Grows

    Associate Director, David Vela, speaks to New Superintendent's Academy

    Twenty-five additional new Superintendents have graduated! The New Superintendent's Academy is a developmental opportunity for first-time superintendents. The program now has 89 total graduates. Read more

  • Colorado National Monument

    Breaking Barriers: Bringing Students to Colorado National Monument

    Yellow school buses full of students were rolling into Colorado National Monument all spring and fall. Within the past year 82 buses from Mesa County Valley School District received transportation scholarships funded by grants from the National Park Foundation and the local Grand Junction Junior Service League. Over 3,700 students were able to attend ranger-guided field trips to learn first-hand about weathering and erosion, fossils, animal adaptations, and more. Read more

  • Colorado National Monument

    COLM adopts a local 2nd grade class at Dual Immersion Academy(DIA) to meet goal #15.

    DIA 2nd Graders hiking down the historic Serpents Trail in Colorado National Monument.

    The park embarked on the first year of this four-year project by adopting the 2nd graders at the Dual Immersion Academy (DIA) as their graduating class. The fifty students involved in the program will visit the park four times a year and participate in Ranger-led classroom activities each month for the next four years. As fifth graders, they will “graduate” during the NPS centennial year in 2016. Read more

  • Assateague Island National Seashore

    Wading Into the Past

    A shipwreck exposed in the surf after a storm.

    People have long relied on Assateague Island for survival, livelihood, community, and enjoyment. Those who have spent time on and around the island have changed it and been changed by it. Read more

  • Southeast Region

    Youth Intern Program Hiring, Biscayne N.P.

    Interpretation intern Mayra Molina, on right, with local visitors.

    Biscayne National Park is increasing the number of youth hired in the Southeast Region under the Youth Intern Program in order to expose new generations to potential career opportunities within the National Park Service. Read more

  • Southeast Region

    Boca Chita Lighthouse Scrolls Replacement, Biscayne N.P.

    Boca Chita Key Lighthouse

    While Biscayne National Park personnel strive to conserve original features as much as possible, at times such features need to be replaced. Read more

  • Southeast Region

    Biscayne National Park Hosts 12th Annual March for Parks Event

    12th annual March for Parks event in Biscayne N.P.

    Over two hundred first-time national park visitors from low-income communities, who might not otherwise have had the opportunity to travel to a national park, celebrated National Park Week with an unforgettable experience in Biscayne National Park. Read more

  • Southeast Region

    Schaus Swallowtail Emergency Response, Biscayne N.P.

    The Schaus swallowtail butterfly.

    Emergency authorization for the collection and captive rearing of endangered Schaus swallowtail butterflies in an effort to save the species from extinction. Read more

  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park

    Strong Families Strong Parks!

    Students enjoy train ride in the park.

    Families who visit parks have an opportunity to share experiences, build memories, and have fun. Cuyahoga Valley National Park piloted a new program with this concept in mind. Read more

  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park

    Cuyahoga Valley National Park Responds to Director’s Call with a Progressive Schedule

    LED lights are replacing compact fluorescent bulbs.

    Cuyahoga Valley National Park has seen great success in a progressive schedule of green improvements since the revitalization of the Green Team in 2012. Read more

  • Cultural Resources (Associate Director)

    Oral History Training Session Held at Mather Training Center

    Members of Oral History Course Interview Retired Superintendent

    NPS Park History Program and the Mather Training Center sponsored a week-long "Effective Oral History: Interviews, Project Management and Practical Applications" in September 2012. Twenty-one participants from NPS units around the nation attended this course and developed new oral history skills. Read more

  • Denver Service Center

    The NPS Rolls Out New National Water Trails System Website

    A snapshot of the new NWTS website

    The Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program and the Denver Service Center are continuing work on Call to Action item #12: Follow the Flow by partnering to develop the new website, which will improve communication with current and potential water trail managers and with recreational trail users. Read more