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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  • Montezuma Castle National Monument

    Summer Junior Ranger Camps Mix History and Nature

    Jr Rangers Campers get a lesson in birding

    Land use has always been a mix of the biological and social sciences. During the 2012 Summer Junior Ranger Camps held at Montezuma Well, Jr Rangers learned about the past cultures which have lived on and utilized this land. That means that the kids did everything from building a pueblo-style wall, just like the pre-historic Sinagua culture, to taking hikes while identifying useful plants! Read more

  • Tuzigoot National Monument

    Military Kids' Podcasts Meld History, Technology and the Great Outdoors

    OMK youth grinds corn before making a digital story

    On a recent Saturday military kids spent the day learning about the Sinaguan culture that lived at Tuzigoot NM. This is a new partnership between the NPS and Arizona Operation: Military Kids-University of Arizona Cooperative Extension. The youth made digital stories sharing their views of the prehistoric site. They came up with amazing videos - in just one day! Watch to see how the life skills these military kids use every day are the same ones the Sinagua used long ago. Read more

  • Park Facility Management

    Green Parks Plan Released on Earth Day, 2012

    Green Parks Plan

    The Green Parks Plan which outlines NPS’s sustainability vision and sets ambitious goals was released in April, 2012. Everyone is encouraged to take action to support this sustainability movement in all aspects of their operations and to be agents of change –drive less, buy less, conserve more, and share best practices. Read more

  • Ocmulgee National Monument

    Building the past for the future

    Children's Program

    A children's program design to teach them how the Mississippian Culture built their homes out of wood and clay. The children made a small scale model of a wattle and daub house. Read more

  • Petroglyph National Monument

    Albuquerque Teens Step It Up

    Teens hiking with a ranger

    Petroglyph partnered with the City of Albuquerque to get local teens up off their chairs and out into their national monument. Several groups of teens hiked throughout Petroglyph, Bandelier, and even to the top of Sandia Peak, the city's highest point at 10,678 ft. above sea level. The funding allowed for the hiring of 3 college students to serve as youth mentors and guides. Overall, each the teens had a positive experience that they'll never forget. Read more

  • Casa Grande Ruins National Monument

    House of Many Stories

    Actors in costumes from the Hohokam era stand in a circle in front of the Superstition Mountains

    House of Many Stories is the title of the new park film at Casa Grande Ruins. It incorporates oral history interviews, historical vignettes, and captivating modern views to tell the story of the Casa Grande in an entirely new manner. Read more

  • Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park

    Park Partners With Local Housing Authority

    Youth from the Brownsville Housing Authority prepare luminarias for the annual Memorial Illumination.

    Palo Alto partners with the Brownsville Housing Authority and introduces a new segment of the city’s population to the park. Read more

  • Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park

    Palo Alto Creates Youth Advisory Board

    Palo Alto Youth Advisors

    In an effort to reach out to teens and young adults in the community surrounding the park, Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park established a Youth Advisory Board in the Spring of 2012. Read more

  • Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park

    Park Seeks The Truth

    Dr. Bruce Winders addresses the crowd.

    Who started the war between the United States and Mexico? Did Antonio López de Santa Anna grant Texas independence? Can Texas secede from the United States? Ask a number of history teachers in Texas and you will get a variety of answers—and not all of them correct. Read more

  • 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