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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  • Schuylkill River Valley National Heritage Area

    Building Local Pride with Free Bicycles at the Schuylkill River NHA

    High school students bicycle along a beautiful paved trail along the Schuylkill River.

    Through a unique partnership with local bike shops and non-profits, the Schuylkill River NHA has made 55 bicycles available for free rental in three historic Main Street communities. Used by residents and tourists, regular cyclists and first-timers, the bicycles continue to get people active and foster local pride, including among regional high school students in a special Youth Heritage Treks program. Read more

  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park

    Call to Action #13 Stop Talking and Listen

    A Toolkit for Engaging Communities and Fostering Relationships

    A Toolkit for Engaging Communities and Fostering Relationships Read more

  • Cane River Creole National Historical Park

    Park Opens Newly Furnished Slave/Tenant Cabin

    Elvin and Betty Shields

    On December 15th, Cane River Creole National Historical Park hosted the grand opening of the newly furnished slave/tenant cabin. The restoration was done by a park VIP who once lived there. Read more

  • George Rogers Clark National Historical Park

    Witnessing the Wonders of the Sky: Astronomy Night at George Rogers Clark NHP

    Memorial at Night

    The night sky has fascinated mankind for millennia. Men and machines have been sent to explore its greatest depths to learn more about its wonders. When kids are asked what their favorite part of science is, they usually respond with astronomy. What can people learn from the night sky? How does mankind explore its depths? 35 kids and just as many adults journeyed to George Rogers Clark National Historical Park on September 22 to find out. Read more

  • George Rogers Clark National Historical Park

    Mystery Trails: A Summer Reading Program

    Archaeology Program at Fort Knox II

    The George Rogers Clark NHP and the Knox County Public Library worked together on an innovative program during the summer of 2012. Planning began in January, with programs developed on topics such as: “Being a Ranger,” “Archaeology,” “Visit the Grand Canyon,” and The Web of Life.” The program included a variety of handson activities including: trying on elements of the ranger uniform, performing a mock archaeological dig, among others. Read more

  • Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area

    Hudson River Valley NHA earns praise for economic impact

    Canoes fill the Hudson River Greenway Water Trail between Buffalo and New York City.

    From a $90,000 regional economic development award to recognition as a major international tourist destination, the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area continues to earn praise for its unique resources and contribution to the regional economy. Read more

  • Chesapeake Bay

    Chesapeake Youth Corps on the Star-Spangled Banner Trail

    People gather around the large flag at the trail's launch event

    In the federal Strategy for Protecting and Restoring the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, the NPS Chesapeake Bay office made a commitment to the development of Chesapeake Conservation Corps workforces, particularly of youth. In summer, 2012, NPS partner Parks & People Foundation employed a team of five youth for maintenance projects in Baltimore, MD, along the Star-Spangled Banner Trail. They also toured Baltimore sites along the trail and enjoyed new recreational experiences. Read more

  • Fort Frederica National Monument

    2nd Graders Experience History Through the Actions of Park Rangers

    Park Ranger conducting program at Goodyear Elementary

    Fort Frederica has adopted the 2nd grade classes at Goodyear Elementary. The picture shows an interactive program, where Ranger Johnson demonstrated on how different cultures utilized both vocal and percussion music to communicate various messages and emotions. Read more

  • Craters Of The Moon National Monument & Preserve

    A Ticket-to-Ride to the Moon!

    Students entering cave

    Local students are visiting Craters of the Moon National Monument and participating in a new education program thanks to support from the National Park Foundation. Read more

  • Fort Frederica National Monument

    History Through a Modern Looking Glass

    combined photo of digital displays

    Fort Frederica has added digital enhancement as part of their recent Visitor Center Renovation. Read more

  • Colorado National Monument

    Tween Extreme – Movie Makers at Colorado National Monument

    Tween movie makers

    Summer of 2012, 6th-8th graders (also known as Tweens) had the opportunity to explore and learn more about Colorado National Monument. The tweens made short digital movies to share what they learned. In partnership with the City of Grand Junction’s Parks and Recreation STARS Tween Extreme Camp and Colorado Mesa University, students had a chance to go on weekly hikes at the monument to capture photos and shoot and edit videos. Read more

  • Fort Donelson National Battlefield

    Helping Schools and Students Experience Their America

    Helping schools with their transportation costs

    In an age of high gas costs, helping schools with field trips... Read more

  • Fort Donelson National Battlefield

    Students and Partners Helping Each Other in Middle Tennessee

    A Sustainable Partnership

    Different Generations Working Together Read more

  • Fort Donelson National Battlefield

    Resurrecting a Civil War era Pice of Music to a New Audience, 150 Years Later

    New Music for  New Generation

    Played on its 150th anniversary by local students Read more

  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park

    Walk with a Doc and a Ranger

    Cleveland Clinic partners with CVNP for healthy improvement.

    Parks are used as a healing tool to improve health and well-being. Read more

  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park

    Operational Leadership in Action

    Park Ranger Rebecca Jones Macko leads a hike.

    NPS employees are empowered to use critical thinking skills in daily risk management decisions and to embrace safety as part of their professional identity. Read more

  • Aztec Ruins National Monument

    JROTC Cadets Develop Stewardship Ethic through Awesome Summer Jobs

    Cadets Applying Linseed Oil to Fence

    Aztec High School JROTC cadets spent the spring and summer of 2012 employed at Aztec Ruins through a Youth Conservation Corps grant. They completed many projects to improve natural and cultural resources, facilities, and visitor experience. They also received ranger programs at the Monument and in their classroom. Read more

  • Vicksburg National Military Park

    New Waysides Across the Battlefield

    New Waysides with QR Codes

    Vicksburg National Military Park, working in tandem with the Harpers Ferry Center, designed, fabricated, and installed fifty-four new interpretive waysides throughout the battlefield and outlying areas. Read more

  • Essex National Heritage Area

    Connecting Latino youth with history at Essex National Heritage Area

    Youth Summer Job Corps students apply leafing to a sign

    Essex National Heritage Area, in partnership with Salem Maritime National Historic Site and other local organizations, continues to engage local youth through a variety of programs including the Youth Summer Job Corps and a unique educational venture for middle school students of Dominican heritage exploring the historic and modern connections between Salem and the Caribbean. Read more

  • National Park of American Samoa

    Global Visitor Connections

    Photo of Park Ranger Eymard Bangcoro posting to the National Park of American Samoa's Facebook, Twitter, and blog pages.

    The National Park of American Samoa reaches out to worldwide visitors through its Facebook, Twitter, and blog pages. These sites provide visitors with a virtual experience. Read more

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