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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  • Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park

    A Picture Worth A Thousand Words

    Mexican 4-pounder cannon

    Palo Alto hosts photo contest in a bid to entice younger visitors to the park. Read more

  • Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park

    Student Rangers To The Rescue

    Park Steward leading a field trip activity.

    Each year, Palo Alto Battlefield provides numerous field trips to the many school in the surrounding community, but each year the park finds that it lacks the staff to meet the growing level of demand. The solution? Develop a corps of Student Rangers to help provide the programs. Read more

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    High School Interns Work and Learn about Career Opportunities in the Smokies

    High School student hired as a park ranger helps a child find stream invertebrates in a park stream.

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park, with funding assistance from the Youth Partnership Program, hired eighteen high school students from its eight surrounding counties to participate in a summer intern program. Read more

  • National Capital Parks-East

    Not Bored On This Boardwalk!

    A new path through the Piscataway wetlands.

    New boardwalk allows visitors to experience wetlands and provides access to Potomac River. Read more

  • Devils Postpile National Monument

    Live and Learn: Helping Local Youth Discover Stewardship in their Backyard and Beyond

    First Bloom Participants plant trees in Devils Postpile National Monument

    With the help of the Bishop Paiute Tribe Environmental Management Office and initial support from the National Park Foundation’s First Bloom program in 2009, Devils Postpile National Monument has been working with local tribal youth for the past three years to discover national park sites in their "backyard" and to learn about stewardship on public lands and in their community. Read more

  • Southeast Region

    SEAC establishes popular Facebook page and produces several podcasts in 2012

    SEAC Facebook page

    SEAC will continue to reach new audiences and engage in productive dialogue through various social media outlets, including FaceBook, WordPress, Twitter, and YouTube. SEAC established a popular Facebook page in FY 2012. Read more

  • Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts

    An Integrated Multimedia Artistic Adventure: Face of America: Spirit of South Florida

    Face of America: Spirit of South Florida

    In 2012, Face of America: Spirit of South Florida featured Big Cypress National Preserve, Biscayne National Park, Dry Tortugas National Park, and Everglades National Park. Read more

  • National Capital Region

    Rock the Forest 2012 - Greater Washington National Parks Summer Youth Campout

    Rock the Forest 2012 - Greater Washington National Parks Summer Youth Campout

    This summer a new youth engagement program rocked to life within the greater Washington, DC area that brought together NPS staff and over 150 youth working this summer in our local national parks. The two day campout event was a new exciting step of many that the 14 national parks around the nation's capital are taking to reach out and share parks in ways to be more accessible and relevant with youth. Read more

  • Southeast Region

    SEAC provides laboratory research opportunities for doctoral students

    Researchers at SEAC

    SEAC continues to provide support for doctoral students in archeological research. Many of SEAC's non-permanent staff are doctoral degree candidates at Florida State University, and SEAC serves as a repository for research data to doctoral candidates throughout the country. Read more

  • Catoctin Mountain Park

    Healthy Parks, Healthy People Hiking Challenge

    Take the Healthy Parks, Healthy People Hiking Challenge at Catoctin Mountain Park

    In response to A Call to Action #6, "Take a Hike, Call Me in the Morning," Catoctin Mountain Park instituted a Hiking Challenge. The goal is to encourage visitors to start and maintain a healthy lifestyle while connecting with nature in the park. The program has been popular with visitors. The park posts on their website the names of visitors who have completed the challenge. Read more

  • North Cascades National Park

    The Healing Power of the North Cascades

    Wounded Warrior Project Participants at the Crest of Easy Pass Image Credit: NPS/NOCA/Brittney Linville

    North Cascades National Park Complex had the distinct pleasure of hosting the Wounded Warrior Project as part of Action #6: “Take a Hike, Call Me in the Morning.” Read more

  • San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

    Keys Catalog of Library Materials Opens Digital Door to Online Researchers

    Screenshot of a page showing information about the book

    Researchers now have access to records of all the cataloged holdings of San Francisco Maritime NHP's Library with live links to available electronic editions. Keys also contains a growing number of records for archival collections that link to expanded collection descriptions, digital media, and more. Read more

  • San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

    Scanned Employee Cards Reveal Life In A WWI-era American Shipyard

    Scan of an employee identification card that showing the date of birth 1885, and the occupation ship fitter helper

    San Francisco Maritime NHP is scanning, cataloging, and making available online cards held in its archives that record the employees building ships at Union Iron Works during the 1910s. The cards contain a wealth of data of interest to family, labor, and demographic historians. Read more

  • Southeast Region

    SEAC Presents Archeological “After Hours” Event at Cowpens National Battlefield

    Public event

    From July 27-30, 2012 SEAC Archeologist Michael Seibert, Jordan McIntyre, and Teresa Florio conducted a metal detecting survey of selected grounds at Cowpens National Battlefield with the assistance of volunteers from the Treasure and Artifact Association of South Carolina and South Carolina Archaeological Society. Local volunteers provided amazing assistance and the project would not have been nearly as successful without them. Read more

  • Southeast Region

    SEAC archeologists, local partners excavate prehistoric village, U.S. Virgin Islands

    Students and NPS archeologists excavating a unit

    The National Park Service’s Southeast Archeological Center and the University of South Carolina conducted an archeological field school at the Judith's Fancy archeological site, Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. They excavated a prehistoric village that dates to ca. A.D. 400-600, and uncovered evidence of cultural ties to the Orinoco River. Read more

  • Blue Ridge Parkway

    Making Music, Teaching Traditions And Inspiring Stewardship on the Blue Ridge Parkway

    A ranger helps a young girl play a lap dulcimer in a Parks As Classrooms program.

    Answering the Call To Action’s Goal # 16 ”Live and Learn” Over 42,000 educational contacts are made annually to Title 1 school students aimed at instilling a sense of pride in their heritage and stewardship of their surroundings. Read more

  • Blue Ridge Parkway

    "Kids In Parks" Program Creates Healthier Park Stewards Along the Blue Ridge Parkway

    Children hiking on the Blue Ridge Parkway TRACK Trail

    The National Park Service’s long standing goal of “connecting people to parks” has been enhanced through the Kids In Parks partner program, initiated on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Modeled after the Junior Ranger Program and other NPS self-guided experiences, more than 600 kids have registered 800+ TRACK Trail hiking adventures. more than 15,000 miles hiked, approximately 2 million Calories burned, and more than 7,000 hours spent “un-plugged”, outdoors and active in nature. Read more

  • Assateague Island National Seashore

    Getting Wet Feet with the Assateague Adventure Academy

    Three children using equipment to capture mole crabs in the surf

    Assateague Island National Seashore held its first Assateague Adventure Academy for elementary and middle summer students from Worcester County, Maryland. One hundred and forty five summer school students and teachers visited the island once a week for four weeks to take part in a variety of immersive programs which included kayaking, hiking, mole crab surveys and more. Read more

  • Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

    History Meets Technology: Harpers Ferry in the Digital Age

    A snapshot of the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park's Facebook page

    By 2012, Harpers Ferry's social media team is overseeing an active Facebook page, re-strategizing the park's Twitter feed, is developing a plan for Flickr, and is utilizing YouTube for sharing youth-created interpretive videos. The park's website is also being reorganized and will be launching new content in the upcoming year. Read more

  • Andrew Johnson National Historic Site

    Hometown Heritage for Teachers

    Teacher Workshop

    Teachers learn about the Johnson slave family and their descendants today. Read more