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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  • Southeast Region

    EVER partners with Aviation School to bring students, Veterans and History to Life!

    Nike Missile Veterans and family members are the first to view a new display at EVER

    Students at the local George T. Baker Aviation School refurbished a Cold War era Nike Hercules Missile for display at Everglades National Park. Veterans who served at the South Florida Nike sites were invited to the site for a Grand Opening during the 50th Commemoration of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Read more

  • Interpretation and Education (Associate Director)

    Dual Immersion Academy 2nd Graders Explore Colorado National Monument

    Student Hiking

    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

  • Chesapeake Bay

    Chesapeake Youth Corps on the Star-Spangled Banner Trail

    People gather around the large flag at the trail's launch event

    In the federal Strategy for Protecting and Restoring the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, the NPS Chesapeake Bay office made a commitment to the development of Chesapeake Conservation Corps workforces, particularly of youth. In summer, 2012, NPS partner Parks & People Foundation employed a team of five youth for maintenance projects in Baltimore, MD, along the Star-Spangled Banner Trail. They also toured Baltimore sites along the trail and enjoyed new recreational experiences. Read more

  • Intermountain Region

    Tribal Collaboration: Stewardship of Bison for Cultural and Nutritional Purpose


    Yellowstone National Park associated tribes express interest in partnering with NPS to establish conservation and cultural herds of brucellosis-free Yellowstone bison. The NPS initiated consultation with many tribes to periodically provide them with bison (1) to use for cultural and nutritional purposes, (2) to manage in terminal pastures for subsequent harvest within 120 days, and (3) to enter quarantine facilities and subsequently release in to new tribal buffalo herds. Read more

  • Intermountain Region

    Feasibility of Quarantine to Identifying Brucellosis Free Yellowstone Bison


    During 2005 through 2008, 213 brucellosis negative Yellowstone bison calves entered a quarantine feasibility study to evaluate if they would remain brucellosis free through their first calving event. The quarantine feasibility study was successful and the surviving original bison and their offspring are considered brucellosis-free. The graduates have been relocated to form two new populations of Yellowstone descendant bison. Read more

  • Fort Frederica National Monument

    2nd Graders Experience History Through the Actions of Park Rangers

    Park Ranger conducting program at Goodyear Elementary

    Fort Frederica has adopted the 2nd grade classes at Goodyear Elementary. The picture shows an interactive program, where Ranger Johnson demonstrated on how different cultures utilized both vocal and percussion music to communicate various messages and emotions. Read more

  • Craters Of The Moon National Monument & Preserve

    A Ticket-to-Ride to the Moon!

    Students entering cave

    Local students are visiting Craters of the Moon National Monument and participating in a new education program thanks to support from the National Park Foundation. Read more

  • Fort Frederica National Monument

    History Through a Modern Looking Glass

    combined photo of digital displays

    Fort Frederica has added digital enhancement as part of their recent Visitor Center Renovation. Read more

  • Colorado National Monument

    Tween Extreme – Movie Makers at Colorado National Monument

    Tween movie makers

    Summer of 2012, 6th-8th graders (also known as Tweens) had the opportunity to explore and learn more about Colorado National Monument. The tweens made short digital movies to share what they learned. In partnership with the City of Grand Junction’s Parks and Recreation STARS Tween Extreme Camp and Colorado Mesa University, students had a chance to go on weekly hikes at the monument to capture photos and shoot and edit videos. Read more

  • Fort Donelson National Battlefield

    Helping Schools and Students Experience Their America

    Helping schools with their transportation costs

    In an age of high gas costs, helping schools with field trips... Read more

  • Fort Donelson National Battlefield

    Students and Partners Helping Each Other in Middle Tennessee

    A Sustainable Partnership

    Different Generations Working Together Read more

  • Fort Donelson National Battlefield

    Resurrecting a Civil War era Pice of Music to a New Audience, 150 Years Later

    New Music for  New Generation

    Played on its 150th anniversary by local students Read more

  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park

    Walk with a Doc and a Ranger

    Cleveland Clinic partners with CVNP for healthy improvement.

    Parks are used as a healing tool to improve health and well-being. Read more

  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park

    Operational Leadership in Action

    Park Ranger Rebecca Jones Macko leads a hike.

    NPS employees are empowered to use critical thinking skills in daily risk management decisions and to embrace safety as part of their professional identity. Read more

  • Aztec Ruins National Monument

    JROTC Cadets Develop Stewardship Ethic through Awesome Summer Jobs

    Cadets Applying Linseed Oil to Fence

    Aztec High School JROTC cadets spent the spring and summer of 2012 employed at Aztec Ruins through a Youth Conservation Corps grant. They completed many projects to improve natural and cultural resources, facilities, and visitor experience. They also received ranger programs at the Monument and in their classroom. Read more

  • Vicksburg National Military Park

    New Waysides Across the Battlefield

    New Waysides with QR Codes

    Vicksburg National Military Park, working in tandem with the Harpers Ferry Center, designed, fabricated, and installed fifty-four new interpretive waysides throughout the battlefield and outlying areas. Read more

  • Essex National Heritage Area

    Connecting Latino youth with history at Essex National Heritage Area

    Youth Summer Job Corps students apply leafing to a sign

    Essex National Heritage Area, in partnership with Salem Maritime National Historic Site and other local organizations, continues to engage local youth through a variety of programs including the Youth Summer Job Corps and a unique educational venture for middle school students of Dominican heritage exploring the historic and modern connections between Salem and the Caribbean. Read more

  • National Park of American Samoa

    Global Visitor Connections

    Photo of Park Ranger Eymard Bangcoro posting to the National Park of American Samoa's Facebook, Twitter, and blog pages.

    The National Park of American Samoa reaches out to worldwide visitors through its Facebook, Twitter, and blog pages. These sites provide visitors with a virtual experience. Read more

  • Schuylkill River Valley National Heritage Area

    River of Revolutions in the Schuylkill Valley

    Visitors enjoy colorful displays on the Industrial Revolution at the center's grand opening.

    A brand new interpretive center in Pennsylvania's Schuylkill Valley offers visitors an in-depth and interactive look at the nationally-important story of the region's role in three major revolutions: American, Industrial, and Environmental. The new center, located in an historic riverfront switching station, is also the anchor for a unique educational partnership. Read more

  • Heritage Areas

    Explore America’s National Heritage Areas: National Aviation Heritage Area

    Students from grade school to high schools learn about science, history, and aviation technology at the National Aviation Heritage Area.

    From “History Lesson” to “Crystal Clear” Call to Action activities are underway in our National Heritage Areas. Enjoy this sampling of current activities and visit a heritage area near you! Learn more at www.nps.gov/history/heritageareas. Read more