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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  • Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program

    Activating Meridian Hill Park

    Members of the community play Berimbaus (African string instrument made of a gourde and bow) near the drum circle in Meridian Hill Park.

    Visit Washington, DC’s Meridian Hill Park on any given Sunday afternoon and you might see people walking dogs, doing yoga, dancing, enjoying a pick up soccer game, drumming at a drum circle, or just lying in the grass relaxing with family. Read more

  • Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve

    Water Bottle Filling Station

    water bottle refill station and fountain

    The station is a green friendly machine that has a counter on it showing how many disposable plastic water bottles were saved from landfills. Read more

  • Governors Island National Monument

    Encontrar su Parque - Isla de los Gobernadores

    Seasonal Park Ranger Rocio Mendoza in a Facebook advertisement for Spanish language tours

    In reaching out to a city of immigrants, Governors Island National Monument is featuring foreign language interpretation for the first time this summer. Read more

  • Lake Mead National Recreation Area

    Planting Seeds in the Latino Community

    Making Seed Balls

    Around 50 Latino high school youth from across the Las Vegas Valley participated in a seed cleaning event and learned about Lake Mead National Recreation Area July 16. The event was held as part of Latino Conservation Week, which was July 11 to 19, and was an opportunity for community-based organizations; churches; local, state, and national parks; and agencies to plan events for the Latino community to have fun, learn and advocate for the great outdoors. Read more

  • Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail

    Volunteer Historian Awarded for Exceptional Service

    Phil Valdez receives service award

    Expecting a day of volunteering with the Anza Trail, Phil Valdez, Jr., was instead surprised with a Department of Interior service award. Read more

  • Cane River Creole National Historical Park

    Park Celebrates Juneteenth with the Boys & Girls Club

    Students at the Oakland Slave/Tenant Cabin

    Over 120 student celebrated Juneteenth with a guided tour and musical demonstrations at the park's Oakland Plantation. Read more

  • Flight 93 National Memorial

    Cultivating a Living Memorial

    Young people in grey t-shirts showing sleeves

    Flight 93 National Memorial, the Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial, the National Park Foundation, and their partners kicked off National Park Week and the Find Your Park Campaign with the fourth annual Plant a Tree at Flight 93 reforestation event, April 17-18, 2015. In 2012, the memorial and its partners began a multi-year effort to reintroduce trees to this landscape, reestablishing woodland habitats and windbreaks, and creating a living memorial. Read more

  • Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway

    Vets on the River Program

    Men in boats prepare to leave shore.

    The scenic and recreational value of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway is bringing veterans together to bond with each other and reflect in a natural setting. Rivers of Recovery, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the rehabilitation of Iraq and Afghanistan combat veterans, is working with the Riverway to offer multi-day trips, while park staff organize fishing, camping, and family paddles, all designed to help veterans connect with the rivers. Read more

  • Gettysburg National Military Park

    Eisenhower Ticket to Ride

    Eisenhower Ticket to Ride Programs with York City Schools

    During the 2014-2015 school year, 494 students from the York City School District were able to visit Eisenhower National Historic Site with funding and support from the National Park Service Ticket to Ride grant program. Read more

  • Gettysburg National Military Park

    New Cannon Carriage Restoration Shop

    New Cannon Carriage Restoration Shop

    A partnership with the Gettysburg Foundation to create a new cannon carriage restoration shop in Gettysburg’s historic Armory complex is progressing well. The rehab of the three-car garage at the Armory complex is expected to be completed this summer. Staff should begin moving in late June with a tentative final move in date of September 1. Read more

  • Lake Mead National Recreation Area


    YMCA summer campers from North Las Vegas prepare to go kayaking on the Black Canyon Water Trail at Lake Mead National Recreation Area

    Park Rangers from Lake Mead National Recreation Area and partners from the Lower Colorado River Water Trail Alliance hosted 200 YMCA of Southern Nevada summer campers at Willow Beach June 29 to July 2 to introduce them to the Black Canyon Water Trail. The Las Vegas youth rafted and kayaked on the national water trail, giving them the chance to apply classroom lessons in a hands-on and interactive way. Read more

  • Gettysburg National Military Park

    Friends of Gettysburg Volunteer Day

    Friends of Gettysburg Volunteer Day

    On June 6, 320 Friends of Gettysburg volunteers from 19 states gathered at Gettysburg for the annual Friends volunteer day. Working together with NPS staff an incredible amount of stewardship work was accomplished in one day. Read more

  • Gettysburg National Military Park

    Expanded Education Programs

    Expanded Education Programs

    Expanded education programs at Gettysburg during the 2015-16 school year will include new “Lincoln at Gettysburg” materials to our traveling trunks, as well as NPS Centennial programs with Park Rangers presenting in classrooms at local and regional schools about the NPS, careers in parks, and our 100th birthday. Read more

  • Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

    Science and Adventure along the San Juan River

    Group photo of young smiling people outside on the sand.

    The NPS and Outdoor Foundation funded an 8-day San Juan River trip for a group of high school students from Page, Arizona. The trip, ending in early July, was a success because of the collaboration of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area with its nonprofit partner, Grand Canyon Youth. The San Juan River provided many opportunities for outdoor recreational activities, natural resource education, and involvement in resource education, and involvement in resource stewardship. Read more

  • Mammoth Cave National Park

    Caving+hiking+biking = Mammothon at Mammoth Cave NP

    Ranger and visitors with bicycles

    Mammoth Cave NP hosted it first Mammothon on June 21– hopefully the first of many more to come. The 24-mile Mammothon is the one triathlon in the world to feature a hike, bike ride, and underground cave hike. Read more

  • Mammoth Cave National Park

    CAVEservation camps build young park stewards

    Ranger and campers in prehistoric rock shelter

    Edmonson County (Kentucky) 4th graders spent a week at Mammoth Cave National Park as Early Explorers. It was the Early Explorers summer day camp, presented by the park’s environmental education rangers and supported by the Friends of Mammoth Cave in June 2015. The summer day camps are the top priority of the park’s anniversary projects. Read more

  • Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

    Youth Park Rangers: How a Service Learning Project Led to Jobs at Harpers Ferry

    Three park rangers with the watergap behind them

    Learn about the how a local school service learning project led to summer jobs at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Read more

  • Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site

    "Cultural Landscape"

    Heirloom Vegetables that Eleanor Roosevelt grew at Val-Kill

    In examining the property at Val Kill, and researching Eleanor Roosevelt, the students were struck by Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt’s shared ethic of sustainability and the many practical and productive ways that they used the land around the Val Kill cottage - to grow food for their family and friends, flowers to cut and arrange or share, and trees for forest products. Read more

  • Theodore Roosevelt National Park

    BadgerQuest Digs for Success

    University students pose for a photo while doing trail work.

    For the 5th year, students from the University of Wisconsin-Madison's "BadgerQuest" program assisted with backountry projects at Theodore Roosevelt National Park. These students travel around the world helping with projects which focus on community service and environmental consciousness. Read more

  • Montezuma Castle National Monument

    More Than Meets the Eye in Montezuma Well

    A woman in waders walks back to shore in a pond.

    Montezuma Well’s significance is due, in part, to its unique water chemistry and ecosystem. As we continue to identify endemic species (weird bugs!), we help define the Well’s unique environment and distinguish it from all other locations in the region and world. Similarly, research provides invaluable insight into the development and evolution of the MOWE ecosystem. Read more

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