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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  • Point Reyes National Seashore

    Point Reyes Uses State-of-the-Art Technology to Communicate to a Diverse Audience

    Point Reyes National Seashore ranger using the Science on a Sphere to talk about sea turtle migrations.

    Point Reyes National Seashore has adopted a variety of state-of-the-art technology and developed new exhibits to better communicate to a more diverse audience. Highlights include the installation of an Science On a Sphere® exhibit and, to better provide accessibility for the visually impaired, a new 3-D tactile map will soon be installed at the Bear Valley Visitor Center. Read more

  • Southeast Region

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

    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

  • Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

    The Next Generation: Youth Employees at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

    Youth employees and volunteers at Harpers Ferry.

    Harpers Ferry National Historical Park recruited and hired 35 youth in the summer of 2012. The Youth Conservation Corps, the Youth Partnership Program, and the Youth Intern Program are ways Harpers Ferry employs youth in the park. Through these programs, youth employees work in living history, education, visitor services, and maintenance. These employees learn from permanent staff about the history of the park and how the park operates. Read more

  • Cowpens National Battlefield

    Life during the Colonial Period and the American Revolution

    Children from the day camp learn the musket drill with dummy guns.

    April 2 -5, Spartanburg-area children spent their spring break learning about life during the colonial period and the American Revolution. Cowpens National Battlefield collaborated with the Spartanburg Historical Association and the Spartanburg YMCA to host a spring break camp for underserved 3rd and 4th graders funded by a Ticket to Ride grant from the National Park Foundation. Read more

  • Cowpens National Battlefield

    Cowpens National Battlefield Hosts 27th Annual Race for the Grasshopper

    Families cross the finish line together at the Race for the Grasshopper

    For twenty-seven years, Cowpens National Battlefield has worked with the Spartanburg Running Club to turn a race to capture two British grasshopper cannons into an annual 1-mile fun run and a 5k run/walk. Read more

  • Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

    Healthy Hiking in Harpers Ferry

    Harpers Ferry Middle School students hike with a ranger

    Since 2007, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park has partnered with the local community, specifically Harpers Ferry Middle School and Harpers Ferry Family Medicine, to promote healthy activity in the form of hikes in the national park. In the first year of this program alone, 700 students, teachers, and family members hiked over 3000 miles. Read more

  • Cane River Creole National Historical Park

    Park Hosts 3rd Annual Music Festival

    Goldmand Thibodeaux and the Lawtell Playboys

    The park's annual event has helped restore the region's musical legacy. Read more

  • Cowpens National Battlefield

    Digital Photo Workshop and Weapons Demonstrations at Cowpens National Battlefield

    Smoke rises from the lock and fire shoots from the end of a musket as a reenactor fires.

    On June 16th several experienced photographers learned how to take better, more interesting pictures with their digital cameras during a free workshop at Cowpens National Battlefield. Read more

  • Southeast Region

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

    Blue Ridge Parkway Track Trail

    The C2A Goal “Take A Hike” and the NPS’s goal of “connecting people to parks” is 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, this program has resulted in more than 600 individual kids registering 800+ TRACK Trail hikes, more than 15,000 child miles hiked, approximately 2 million Calories burned and more than 7,000 hrs spent “un-plugged” and outdoors. Read more

  • Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve

    Social Media Program

    Timucuan Facebook Page

    The Timucuan Preserve had over 23,000 virtual contacts this year. Read more

  • Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve

    Healthy History Program

    Students racing to learn

    Through a grant from the National Park Foundation students experienced history while also learning to engage in healthy physical activity. Read more

  • Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve

    Kingsley Plantation Slave Cemetery Civic Engagement

    Witness Tree Ceremony

    A discovery at Kingsley Plantation leads to engagement with the community. Read more

  • Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve

    Fort Caroline Wayside Project

    Mayor and Jr. Rangers

    The new exhibits at Fort Caroline National Memorial featured glimpses into the lives of those early French colonists, who came seeking religious freedom in the new world. Read more

  • Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve

    Educational Programming


    By the end of this year, the Timucuan Preserve Rangers will have provided formal education programs for almost 8,000 students. Read more

  • Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve

    Operational Leadership

    Safety Officer Jason King

    Ranger King trained approximately 100 employees from parks including Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve/ Fort Caroline National Memorial, Castillo de San Marcos / Fort Matanzas, Desoto National Memorial, Cumberland Island National Seashore, Fort Frederica, Fort Pulaski, as well as the SER Monitoring Network. Read more

  • Cowpens National Battlefield

    A Pathway to Discovery and Employment with Cowpens National Battlefield YCC

    Cowpens National Battlefield YCC stand in front of their van at the tunnel leading to the Road to Nowhere.

    On Tuesday July 17th 2012, six local youth and two adults working with the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program at Cowpens National Battlefield took a 4-day “spike trip” to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This trip was the capstone of their 8-week work experience. Prior to working in the YCC, most of these students had never visited Great Smoky Mountains National Park or the 3 additional NPS sites where they completed conservation work. Read more

  • Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

    The Virtual Resource Center for Teachers

    A screenshot of one of the interactive features on the Virtual Resource Center --

    To help teachers provide every student with a star-spangled experience, the NPS Chesapeake Bay Office partnered with Maryland Public Television, the Friends of Fort McHenry, and the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority to create a one-stop shop for lesson plans, curricula, and interactive games all about the War of 1812. Read more

  • National Call to Action Team

    Ticket to Ride Brings 40,000 Students to the Parks


    The National Park Foundation awards over 48 different national parks with grants to fund Ticket to Ride. Read more

  • Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

    Teaching the Teachers

    Teacher-Ranger-Teacher Ruth Goodlaxson makes a presentation of educational resources to teachers gathered at the symposium.

    The War of 1812 is sometimes referred to as "the forgotten war". Even in the Chesapeake, where many of the skirmishes, raids, battles, and encounters between British troops and American citizens happened, the stories and places commemorated on the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail are not well known. In July, 2012, thirty "ambassador" teachers participated in a residential seminar -- and will take these lessons home to their own schools. Read more

  • Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

    Chesapeake Youth Corps Work, Play, and Learn on the Trail

    Chesapeake Youth Corps participating in the flag ceremony at the launch of the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail on July 30, 2012.

    NPS CHBA and partner Parks & People Foundation are working together to engage youth in stewardship, learning, and playing on the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail in their hometown of Baltimore, MD. Read more