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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  • Governors Island National Monument

    President Clinton Visits Governors Island

    Bill Clinton talks about his role in the the history of Governors Island.

    It is not often a former president comes to talk to your class and tells you about the national monument he established in your back yard, then goes on to encourage you to go out and leave your own conservation legacy. Read more

  • Governors Island National Monument

    Popping a Historic Question at a Historic Location

    Kieran Gannon pops a surprise proposal to Elia Rangel in Fort Jay.

    National parks not only preserve our history, they are places where sometimes you can write your own... maybe even happily ever after... Read more

  • Hampton National Historic Site

    Hampton incorporates Bluebird Boxes in the Historic Landscape

    A Bluebird Box incorporated into the historic landscape

    Hampton staff and volunteers collaborated to install Bluebird Boxes in the landscape in a fashion that does not interfere with the historic appearance of the grounds. This project helps to stabilize populations of a native species that has been severely impacted by human development, and contributes to a citizen science project. Read more

  • Governors Island National Monument

    U.S. Military Academy Pipe and Drum Band Visit Governors Island

    A pipe and drum band parade on Governors Island, a first in over 50 years.

    Cadets from West Point's Pipe and Drum band came to perform and experience some of their Army cadet heritage on Governors Island this Star-Spangled weekend. Read more

  • Governors Island National Monument

    Art Installation Illuminates Castle Williams On Governors Island

    Reflected sunlight on the walls of Castle Williams.

    When artist Daniel Kukla approached park staff about a art installation he was proposing, he was already a fan of the National Parks. In 2012, he did a stint as an artist in the park at Joshua Tree National Park in California where he was quite taken by the landscapes we preserve. Then he had an idea about illuminating a feature of our unique landscape... Read more

  • Interpretation, Education, and Volunteers Directorate

    We Are Still Marching: Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

    Screen shot of WeAreStillMarching.com; image of Edith Lee (now Payne), 12 years old

    WeAreStillMarching.com is a mobile website created in collaboration with NPS, NPF, Organic Digital Media, and Google. It was developed as a part of the 50th anniversary commemoration of the March on Washington. Read more

  • Operational Leadership

    Are You Clear on the Success of NPS Operational Leadership? Part 4

    NPS OL Facilitator Deborah Kurtz

    The Success of NPS OL is CLEAR Read more

  • Operational Leadership

    Are You Clear on the Success of NPS Operational Leadership? Part 3

    OL Training

    The Success of NPS OL is CLEAR Read more

  • Operational Leadership

    Are You Clear on the Success of NPS Operational Leadership? Part 2

    NPS OL Facilitator Charles Borders

    The Success of NPS OL is CLEAR Read more

  • Operational Leadership

    Are You Clear on the Success of NPS Operational Leadership? Part 1

    OL facilitator Isaiah Fitzgerald

    C.L.E.A.R. success for NPS Operational Leadership Read more

  • Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial

    Victorian Dancing in a Modern World

    Dancers in period clothing

    The Arlington House Victorian Dance Society is an award winning group that is dedicated to advancing the knowledge and technique of Victorian Dance from the Civil War Era. It is not only a beautiful art form, but is also a tangible connection to the Historic Period that Arlington House interprets. The Group is a corps of volunteers, most of whom started as mansion docents at Arlington House with an initial interest in the history of the site and time period that evolved. Read more

  • Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial

    History can feed the Present

    People working in the garden

    The Historic Kitchen Garden at Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial has been the site of a developing program over the last few years that has gone through a transformation from being a basic demonstration garden that gave visitors an opportunity to see the different food stuffs that would have been used during the historic period to a garden that produces a bounty for a local food bank. Read more

  • Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial

    Exploring Emancipation

    Gospel Choir Singing

    One of the important themes at Arlington House involves interpreting African American history from slavery to freedom. Arlington House incorporates this theme into all interpretive programming. A special emphasis was put on it in 2012 and 2014. 2012 was the anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the manumission of the enslaved people on the Arlington Plantation. Special programs were conducted that also tied those anniversaries to the modern Civil Rights movement. Read more

  • Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial

    Taking History One Step Farther

    African American Gospel Choir Singing at Arlington House

    In three separate events, 2012 - 2014, Arlington House worked with new partners - local African American churches and museums - to create programs that were designed to help the local community, including many with special ties to the history of the park but who had never visited, and our normal visitors explore the fullness of African American history at Arlington House. Read more

  • Minute Man National Historical Park

    Air Force personnel visit North Bridge

    Air Force personnel visit North Bridge

    US Air Force personnel from Hanscom Air Force Base made a visit to Minute Man National Historical Park as part of the annual awards for the electronic system center. Read more

  • Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial

    Real World History Lesson

    Three High School Interns in period dress

    Each year we bring on student interns from West Springfield High School in Fairfax, VA. Students are introduced to the history of the site and the principles of public history. They receive training and spend 100 hours working with the public. The skills they learn are both invaluable to their understanding of how to interpret history and how to communicate difficult subjects to diverse groups of people. Many of those students have then been hired by the NPS. Read more

  • Gateway National Recreation Area

    Your Park! Your Health!

    The 2013 Your Park Your Health crew

    With Your Park! Your Health!, Gateway National Recreation Area works with a team of multi-cultural college level interns who undergo concentrated training in outdoor leadership skills. Each student commits to a practice of daily nutrition and fitness activities geared to have a positive impact on physical health and overall well-being. As a team, the interns share with people of all ages and backgrounds, a multitude of life enhancing activities available at the park. Read more

  • Home Of Franklin D Roosevelt National Historic Site

    The Ice Yachts Cometh: Spreading FDR’s Passion For Sailing On Ice

    Ice Yachts

    A temporary display of FDR’s ice yacht HAWK provides new insight into parts of his life, and highlights the Hudson River’s impressive tradition of restoring and sailing historic wooden ice yachts. Read more

  • Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site

    Music Recital Offers Visitors Another Glimpse of the Gilded Age

    Students Rehearsing for their recital

    Bard College Conservatory of Music Vocal Arts Program presented afternoon programs of music popular during the Gilded Age. Read more

  • Minute Man National Historical Park

    Restoring a Touch of Humanity Brings Life to the Past

    Living-history volunteers in front of historic house.

    The Lincoln Minute Men, a local volunteer living history organization with strong ties to Minute Man National Historical Park, collaborated with park staff to locate and purchase appropriate reproduction items for Captain William Smith House, creating an interpretive exhibit and turning the empty structure into a home. The Smith House is a reminder of 1775 and the people who lived on the Battle Road during the turbulent days leading up to the American Revolution. Read more

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