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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  • Channel Islands National Park

    Channel Islands Live Celebrates World Oceans Day through Technology

    Students watching Channel Islands Live Broadcast

    As part of a celebration for World Oceans Day, Channel Islands Live provided audiences a chance to interact with rangers diving in the kelp forest at Channel Islands National Park. Read more

  • Noatak National Preserve

    Keeping the Arctic Backcountry Pristine Takes Some Work

    helicopter sits next to discarded, 1970s-era fuel pod

    12,000 pounds of high-grade aluminum recycled by sling-loading abandoned fuel pods, discarded by jets in the 1970s, out of the backcountry of the Western Arctic National Parklands (Kobuk Valley National Park, Cape Krusenstern National Monument and Noatak National Preserve). Read more

  • Cape Krusenstern National Monument

    Learning to Camp - Alongside the Arctic Ocean

    Image of four girls hiking across

    Kids learn about wilderness ethics, backpacking and the National Park Service during a two-day hiking and camping trip in the Western Arctic. Read more

  • Kobuk Valley National Park

    New Videos Offer Window to the Western Arctic

    Image of volunteer videographer

    New short films bring the remote Western Arctic parks of Kobuk Valley, Cape Krusenstern and Noatak to youth, prospective visitors. Read more

  • Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park

    Alaska teens retrace the steps of the Klondike Gold Rush and Become Future Stewards

    Group of hikers wtih scenic background

    Klondike Gold Rush NHP partnered with the local community center to host a group of teens on the historic Chilkoot Trail. Teens backpacked the internationl trail in 6 days, and learned about the natural and cultural history of the place they call home. The teens also helped improve the trail by working with the NPS trail crew to fix a part that was washed out. Read more

  • Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park

    Alaska teens retrace the steps of Klondike Gold Rush Stampeders

    Group of Hikers

    Klondike Gold Rush NHP partners with Skagway Recreation Center to host a group of teen hikers on the Historic Chilkoot Trail. The teen learned about the natural and cultural history of the trail and became trail stewards. The youth worked with the NPS trail crew to improve a section of trail that was washed out. Read more

  • Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park

    Klondike Gold Rush Junior Rangers: Gearing up to Go Digital

    Volunteer and child look at iBook on tablet computer

    Klondike Gold Rush NHP has gone Digital and Green! The park has developed a new iBook version of its Junior Ranger Books that directly relate to the exhibits at the park's new Junior Ranger Activity Center. Read more

  • Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park

    Caring for Family Heirlooms

    Group of people inspecting historic item

    Klondike Gold Rush NHP hosted a series of Heirloom workshops and artifact identification sessions in order to engage the community in their own history. Locals brought in their historical items and learned to care for them. This lesson in prservation helped engage the community in the mission of the park and its goals to preserve the history of Skagway, AK. Read more

  • Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park

    Chilkoot Trail Hikers Write Postcards to Themselves to Record Their Journey Over the

    Photo of Chilkoot Trail Hikers and painting of hikers on the Chilkoot Trail

    The KlondikeLetters.com is a live journal created by Chilkoot Trail Artist in Residence Corrie Francis Parks. The website features her images, postcards created by hikers, vidoes, and animations that were created during her two week journey over the trail. This will allow everyone, those that have hiked the trail, those that plan to, and even those who just dream to a chance to experience the Chilkoot Trail. Read more

  • Yosemite National Park

    From iPads and ePlans to 70,000 likes

    Interpreter using iPad in the field

    From iPads and ePlans to surpassing 70,000 likes, Yosemite has explored many ways to connect with the visiting public in a meaningful way through new media. Read more

  • Yosemite National Park

    Breaking down cultural and socio-economic barriers

    Breaking Barriers

    Breaking Barriers, a National Park Service collaborative, aims to break down cultural and socio-economic barriers to participation in the outdoors by people from under-represented groups. The collaborative is committed to aligning programs with the needs and concerns of foothill and Central Valley communities using a 'bottom-up' approach to harness the community's skills, talents, ideas, and assets. Read more

  • Yosemite National Park

    Empowering leadership at all levels

    Train the Trainer Operational Leadership Class

    Throughout the 2011-2012 year, Yosemite has trained over 125 employees in Operational Leadership. In addition, in 2012 Yosemite hosted a "Train the Trainer" Operational Leadership workshop, empowering more employees to teach other employees about leadership at all levels. Read more

  • Death Valley National Park

    Americorps National Civilian Community Corps Comes to Death Valley


    Eight Americorps NCCC members descended into Death Valley on March 19 to a landscape all but one was unfamiliar with. Many of the members had never been to a National Park, and several had never camped out before. The “Gold 8” Team was in for experiences that they could not have imagined just days before. They were all self-chosen members of a “composite team”, coming from previously assembled teams from all over the country that had been together since last fall. They were s Read more

  • Yosemite National Park

    The future of public lands is in their hands

    The future of public lands is in their hands

    Programming includes classroom and field based activities, overnight excursions, sister park presentations, Skype supported distance learning, themed events, special projects, and long term learning activities. These programs will culminate with a Centennial Youth Symposium held in Yosemite National Park in 2016. Read more

  • Death Valley National Park

    From Stars to Star Wars


    Every two years, Death Valley National Park partners with its cooperating association, the Death Valley Natural History Association, host the Death Valley Conference of History and Prehistory. The conference is usually held in the park, however, due to the remodeling of the park’s visitor center, the November 2011 conference was held in one of DEVA’s gateway communities, Beatty, NV. Read more

  • National Call to Action Team

    Connecting Youth Program Practitioners across the Service

    Connecting youth program practitioners to improve programming.

    As a pilot for the Collaborative for Innovative Leadership, 100 participants from parks and programs across the Service participated in an online community of practice focused on youth development programs. Youth development is a cross-cutting, high priority area where sharing experiences and lessons learned is needed to advance this rapidly growing and emerging field. Youth program practitioners are working together using online technologies to share experiences. Read more

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Smokies Youth Leadership Class of 2016

    A group of young backpackers poses by a trailhead sign in the park.

    During the summer of 2012, a group of five students embarked on their first expedition into Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s wilderness as a part of the Experience Your Smokies Youth Leadership Class. The four-year course is being offered through the Park’s partner, Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, and will introduce its young participants to the cultural and biological diversity of the park though classroom programs as well as active outdoor learning opportun Read more

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Artist in Residence Brings Art to the People

    Artist in Residence, Kelly Adams, helps young park visitors with charcoal drawing techniques.

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park initiated their first Artist in Residence Program during 2012. With help from Friends of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as well as the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, the first three artists shared their unique park inspirations to over 1000 park visitors during the summer. Read more

  • Yosemite National Park

    A mosaic of sustainable actions

    Solar panels line the Yosemite Adminstrative Building

    Like most parks these days, Yosemite is working hard to integrate energy efficient practices into their operations. From publishing sustainability newsletters, to installing the largest photovoltaic project within PWR, to DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite remodeling the Village Store - Yosemite is raising the bar while reducing their impact. And most importantly, Yosemite is making it a priority to share their work with others! Read more

  • Bering Land Bridge National Preserve

    Local Inupiaq youth can't wait to wear a flat hat!

    a young man stands on volcanic rocks with a beautiful sky in the background

    A local youth shares his newly acquired knowledge of Bering Land Bridge National Preserve with his community and park visitors. Read more