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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  • Yellowstone National Park

    Yellowstone Youth Conservation Corps

    six youth in Yellow hard hats stand on a trail

    Yellowstone will offer its Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program for the 26th consecutive summer in 2015. A month-long residential program will be offered for young people between the ages of 15 and 18 years of age. Read more

  • Yellowstone National Park

    Expedition Yellowstone

    A line of students and parents in colorful winter gear lean over a boardwalk railing to view an active hot spring with a ranger.

    Students and teachers extend the classroom walls to include the living laboratory of Yellowstone National Park. Read more

  • Yellowstone National Park

    Yellowstone To You

     A female park ranger sits on the carpet in a circle of second grade children.

    If you can't come to Yellowstone, park rangers will bring Yellowstone to you! Regional communities get to know the nearby treasures that await them. Read more

  • Minute Man National Historical Park

    National Preservation Groups Announce Campaign to Protect and Study Parker’s Revenge

    Historian David Hackett Fisher address the assembled crowed at Minute Man Visitor Center.

    Study and preservation of "Parker's Revenge" is underway at Minute Man National Historical Park. Read more

  • Lowell National Historical Park

    Our future is bright.

    Kevin Khan and Rich Hansen at the Boott Cotton Mills Museum

    Kevin Khan and Rich Hansen replaced incandescent outdoor lighting. Read more

  • Tumacácori National Historical Park

    Curriculum-based Education Programs Go Inquiry-Based

    ranger and students pointing at inside of adobe church

    With Common Core standards emphasizing critical thinking skills and analysis of primary source materials, Tumacácori reformatted its traditional "mission tour" into a series of inquiry-based programs for school groups. Read more

  • Tumacácori National Historical Park

    Family Sleepovers Offer Great New Opportunities for Tumacácori Visitors

    kid sleeping on ground in front of church

    During shoulder seasons of fall and spring, Tumacácori offers the popular Family Sleepover, inviting visitors to experience the mission grounds as travelers in the area may have during the post-mission period. Read more

  • Pony Express National Historic Trail

    Follow Three National Historic Trails in Utah Using a New Smartphone Mobile App

    Flowers in grass in foreground looking down at a winding road with hills in background.

    National Trails Intermountain Region has released a new smartphone mobile application. This innovative technology allows visitors to follow the California, Mormon Pioneer, and Pony Express national historic trails at their convenience using their own custom pocket guide. Read more

  • Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail

    NPS Youth Program Instrumental on National Historic Trail

    Youth building a floating dock

    NPS youth program intern and participants build another access point to the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail - this time on an important tributary in the nation's capital. Read more

  • Montezuma Castle National Monument

    Riparian Pasture Project Restores Montezuma Well’s Native Habitat

    Two images of the same area in pasture - one with brown grass and tumbleweed, and one with green bushes and new trees.

    The Montezuma Well Riparian Restoration Project, located at the Well Unit of Montezuma Castle National Monument, began in 2008 as a cooperative venture with Natural Channel Design (NCD). Despite many challenges during the project, the overall goal of restoring the native habitat and reducing the number of invasive species has been successful. Read more

  • Montezuma Castle National Monument

    Researchers Help Keep Montezuma Castle Looking Good

    Three people stand discussing a wall with pink plaster.

    The Montezuma Castle cliff dwelling is one of the best-preserved ruins in the Southwest, and the NPS wants to keep it that way. Here, plasters made from local clay and wood ceilings that might normally have been lost to weathering are intact and protected. The NPS has partnered with researchers from the University of New Mexico to learn more about the Castle and how best to help protect it. Read more

  • Trail Of Tears National Historic Trail

    Trail of Tears National Historic Trail Exhibits Completed at Laughlin Park, Missouri

    Two smiling women stand in front of an upright exhibit in front of a green lawn with trees.

    Seven new wayside exhibits were developed at Roubidoux Springs in Laughlin Park in Waynesville, Missouri. The park is the site of a historic Cherokee removal campsite. Visitors can walk the one-mile interpretive trail to the historic Trail of Tears crossing at Roubidoux Creek. Read more

  • Independence National Historical Park

    Independence Engages the Next Generation of Park Stewards

    Students in semi-circle look at ideas on post it notes with Park Ranger in uniform.

    Ten middle school students from the Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania enjoyed a whole school year helping Independence National Historical Park staff test new lesson plans. The end result? Some great Common Core-based lesson plans and a cohort of new park stewards. Read more

  • Fire Island National Seashore

    Artist-in-Residence on Fire Island

    Artwork by 2015 Artist-in-Residence Ana Golichi

    Today there are more than 50 Artist-in-Residence programs in national parks across the United States, one of which is located on Fire Island National Seashore. Read more

  • Minuteman Missile National Historic Site

    Partnership with the Air Force to Restore a Peacekeeper Vehicle

    Men pose with a green military vehicle

    In 2013 the park partnered with US Air Force staff at Ellsworth Air Force Base to restore a 1980s Peacekeeper military vehicles for public display. Read more

  • Fire Island National Seashore

    A Climate Friendly Seashore

    A Fire Island National Seashore staff member uses green cleaning solution to clean a window.

    To keep its facilities climate friendly, Fire Island National Seashore uses green cleaning products and energy efficient lighting, streamlined its waste disposal program, and eliminated idling. Read more

  • Cane River Creole National Historical Park

    Cane River Music Festival Returns For A Sixth Year

    Goldman Thibodeaux & The Lawtell Playboys

    The park continues to help sustain Cane River's rich tradition of live musical performance. Read more

  • Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve

    International Migratory Bird Day

    Kids and park ranger holding a giant parachute.

    The Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve co-hosted International Migratory Bird Day with the Florida Park Service’s Little Talbot Island State Park. Read more

  • Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine

    Silberstein Insurance Group plants over thirty shrubs and trees

    Silberstein Insurance Group volunteers planting a tree

    On Friday 8 May 2015 Silberstein Insurance Group of Lutherville Maryland completed a project at Fort McHenry. With a generous grant from the National Environmental Education Foundation, Silberstein Insurance Group was able to purchase some new trees and native shrubs for the Fort - and the volunteers from Silberstein helped to plant them all. Read more

  • Lake Mead National Recreation Area

    LAKE Riders Join Federal Bike Challenge

    LAKE Riders Join Federal Bike Challenge

    Lake Mead National Recreation Area is participating in National Bike Month by asking employees to join the Federal Bike Challenge. The Challenge is a free, friendly competition between groups of federal employees that promotes bicycling to and from work as often as possible during the month of May. Read more

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