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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  • Oil Region National Heritage Area

    Strong Partnership Helps Oil Region NHA Conserve Resources and Attract More Visitors

    Stacks of tourist brochures and magazines for the Oil Region NHA.

    For many Americans who don't live near a National Park, NHAs serve as the public face of NPS and help NPS reach new audiences. In the Oil Region NHA in northwestern Pennsylvania, the NPS/NHA partnership is helping connect trails, restore historic homes, and provide visitor services and economic development for this nationally-significant region. Read more

  • Steamtown National Historic Site

    Steamtown NHS Hosted Two Operational Leadership Courses in June

    Park staff view a PowerPoint demonstration during classroom training at Independence NHP.

    Steamtown NHS hosted two Operational Leadership (OL) courses in June for nearly forty park staff. Read more

  • New England National Scenic Trail

    Poetry Illuminates the New England Trail

    Sculptor Christopher Frost on the New England Trail

    Hikers on the New England National Scenic Trail (NET) may discover something unexpectedly glowing. The Hespera Stones, a temporary sculpture inscribed with poetry from Emily Dickinson, quietly greets visitors as they explore the NET along the Mt. Holyoke Range in Skinner State Park in Hadley, Massachusetts. As artist Christopher Frost describes in the accompanying video, these softly glowing stones combine green technology and sculpture. Read more

  • Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine



    Inner-city Fife and Drum campers demonstrate their newly learned skills by performing 1812 era music at Fort McHenry! Read more

  • Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve

    Kingsley Plantation Audio Tour

    audio tour

    The Timucuan Preserve introduced a new multimedia interpretive tour in May of 2013. Read more

  • Governors Island National Monument

    A Building Comes Tumbling Down and Memories Come Tumbling Forth...

    Top row: Building 877 in 2004 and 2013 demolition. Bottom row: Buildings 844, 855 & 866.

    The demolition of a modern, but obsolete military apartment building near the Govenrors Island National Monument prompts a rush of memories for those who called it home. Read more

  • Blue Ridge Parkway

    Rangers Make An Impact in Schools Along the Blue Ridge Parkway

    Park volunteer assists with field trip to the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center.

    During the 2012-2013 winter season, 573 classrooms across the Blue Ridge Parkway region were visited by park rangers, sharing natural and cultural resource lessons and planting seeds in young minds about the importance of stewardship and our country’s national park system. Read more

  • New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

    Learners to Teachers Welcome Fellow English Language Learners to National Parks

    Learner to Teacher Arelys, wearing her NPS volunteer polo talks with elementary age English language learners.

    Learners to Teachers & New Bedford High School students Keven A, Keven F, Matilde, Arelys, and Jacinta were powerful examples for 54 3rd-5th graders from Hayden McFadden, Winslow and Gomes Elementary Schools. All of the students have one thing in common: they are all English Language Learners. As the Learners to Teachers premiered their capstone project, the film, "Welcome to New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park," Keven F declared: "We made this video for you!" Read more

  • George Washington Birthplace National Monument

    U.S. Army Band Comes to First Commander-in-Chief’s Birthplace

    U.S. Army Band, Pershing's Own,

    A special event to honor America's military veterans concluding with the music of a U.S. Army band at the birthplace of the first Commander-in-Chief. Read more

  • George Washington Birthplace National Monument

    Computers for Learning; From National Park to Local Schools

    Westmoreland County Public Schools and Park Superintendent

    In late May the park donated computers to the local school district to aid in their continuing move to provide more technology for their students. In addition, the park made inroads into the sizeable Hispanic population that resides in Westmoreland County, the same county George Washington Birthplace National Monument is located in. Read more

  • Schuylkill River Valley National Heritage Area

    Schuylkill River Sojourn Gives Paddlers a Taste of Civil War History

    A young woman prepares her kayak for a day on the water.

    The Schuylkill River NHA recently held its 15th Annual Schuylkill River Sojourn, a 112-mile paddling trip featuring programming surrounding the region's important Civil War history. Participants joined anywhere from one day to the full week-long trip and enjoyed visits from U.S. Congressman Charlie Dent, Gettysburg NMP Superintendent Bob Kirby, and a one-woman play from Hopewell Furnace NHP. Read more

  • Cane River Creole National Historical Park

    Juneteenth Recognized with Special Program

    Jessica with Kids

    In honor of Juneteenth, park staff and volunteers presented a special education program to local students. Read more

  • George Washington Birthplace National Monument

    Looking at the Past to Interpret to the Future

    Graduate students and park staff working in collections

    Reevaluating archaeology of the birthplace of George Washington to better understand the history of the site and the Washington family. Read more

  • Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine

    Fort McHenry NMHS Launches a New Boat Tour!

    Ribbon Cutting Launching A New Boat Tour at Fort McHenry NMHS

    As the summer tourist season gets underway, Fort McHenry NM&HS added another attraction! With the help of several partners and grant funding, visitors to the park will now have the opportunity to get the same view of the Star Fort —from the water — the view that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the National Anthem during the War of 1812’s Battle of Baltimore. Read more

  • Marsh - Billings - Rockefeller National Historical Park

    Historic Preservation Trellis Pilot Project at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP

    Trellis pilot project @ Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP

    Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park (MABI) received a grant from the Woodstock Foundation, Inc., of Woodstock, VT, to develop, field test, and install an innovative trellis system for vines growing on the west façade of the historic brick mansion. The project is designed to explore, evaluate and select trellis options that provide necessary vine support, minimize potential vegetative damage to the structure, and present desired aesthetic character. Read more

  • Cultural Resources, Partnerships, and Science Directorate

    The Manzanar Oral History Project

    Kristen Luetkemeier, Park Ranger, Manzanar National Historic Site

    The Manzanar Oral History Project interviews people connected with these varied, yet connected, stories. Read more

  • Craters Of The Moon National Monument & Preserve

    Wildflowers at Craters of the Moon: There's an app for that!

    Wildflower app opening screen

    Just in time for the peak of our wildflower season, a new expanded version of our FREE Craters of the Moon Wildflower Guide app is now available for all your Apple or Android mobile devices. Read more

  • George Washington Birthplace National Monument

    Spring on the Plantation; Learning the Cultural Heritage of Tidewater Virginia

    Split screen image of horse on the left and 3 turkeys

    With hands-on programs and living history we immersed another generation of visitors in the cultural heritage of the Tidewater area of Virginia. Read more

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Students From the Class of 2016 Explore Parks

    A group of 5th grade students display their National Parks Passport booklets

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park has adopted the 5th Grade class at Pi Beta Phi Elementary School in Gatlinburg, TN to participate in a series of experiences culminating in the National Park Service Centennial in 2016 which coincides with their 8th grade graduation. Read more

  • Quinebaug & Shetucket Rivers Valley National Heritage Corridor

    New App Provides Last Green Valley Visitors an Innovative Way to Tour the NHA

    Assembling at a baseball field, a group of canoers get ready to embark.

    A new smart phone app developed by The Last Green Valley allows iPhone and Android users to access information on the resources of the heritage area from anywhere in the world. The app has received positive reviews thus far and is expected to bolster already strong economic impact numbers for the NHA. Read more

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