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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  • Heritage Preservation Services

    Historic Tax Credits Spur Sustainable Rehabilitation

    Exterior of McCormick Goodhart Mansion post rehabilitation

    The Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program encourages private sector investment in the rehabilitation and reuse of historic buildings, and is one of the nation's most successful and cost-effective community revitalization programs. One recent rehabilitation project, the McCormick-Goodhart Mansion in Langley Park, Maryland, illustrates how 'green' features are being successfully incorporated in historic rehabilitation projects. Read more

  • Carlsbad Caverns National Park

    Carlsbad Caverns brings United States and Mexico teachers together.

    Carlsbad Caverns brings United States and Mexico teachers together.

    Carlsbad Caverns National Park hosted an international teacher workshop to bring local and Mexico teachers together to learn about the Chihuahuan Desert. Read more

  • National Capital Region

    Kick off Guest Artist Program

    Artist Patricia Cummins puts nature on canvas

    This summer, Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens welcomed two artists to the park. Their works captured the beauty of the diverse aquatic flora found throughout the ponds. Read more

  • Cowpens National Battlefield

    Permanent Employees Attended Operational Leadership Training

    Park employees sit around a table in the administrative office and work on an assignment.

    All Cowpens National Battlefield permanent employees have attended Operational Leadership training empowering them to use critical thinking skills in daily risk management decisions and encourage employees to embrace safety as part of their professional identity. COWP also managed to train a few long-term seasonal employees so they too can implement Operational Leadership principles at Cowpens. Read more

  • Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park

    Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park Reaches New Audiences

    Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park's Official Facebook Page

    Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park completed and submitted its Social Media Strategy to the Southeast Regional Office in January 2012 and immediately began reaching out to new audiences via Facebook. Read more

  • Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park

    Monument Rededication Connects Past to Present

    Plaque Rededication on Missionary Ridge

    On November 21, 2011, a large crowd gathered at Bragg Reservation on Missionary Ridge to formally dedicate the new plaque to the 18th U.S. Infantry. Read more

  • Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park

    Volunteers Help During Civil War Trust Park Day 2012

    2012 Civil War Trust Park Day Volunteers

    Civil War Trust Park Day 2012 was a great success. On Saturday, March 31, 68 volunteers contributed nearly 250 hours on work projects at Chickamauga Battlefield, Moccasin Bend National Archeological District, and Lookout Mountain Battlefield. Read more

  • Rock Creek Park

    Lichens and Trails and Bugs, Oh My

    2012 Rock Creek Park Junior Rangers

    Kids from all over the Washington, DC area came to Rock Creek Park this summer for the wildly successful Junior Ranger Camps. Bugs and black holes were just some of the items that the youth, ages eight through 12, explored in the field or in the only planetarium in the National Park Service. Read more

  • Cowpens National Battlefield

    Cowpens National Battlefield’s 231st Battle Anniversary Celebration a Success

    A reenactor brings the Revolutionary War to life for 2 young children and their dad.

    On January 14 – 15, 2012, re-enactors in Revolutionary War period clothing brought the 18th century to life for nearly 4,000 visitors at Cowpens National Battlefield. Living history presentations, author lectures, and a genealogy workshop gave visitors the opportunity to learn more about our heritage and their family history. Read more

  • Rock Creek Park

    VIP = Fulbright Scholars

    A group of international Fulbright scholars joined a local Stream Team for a cleanup.

    Washington, DC has lots of very important persons from all over the US and the world. Rock Creek Park and the Rock Creek Conservancy work together to connect them to the park. Read more

  • Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts

    Two Mile Trail Developed to Promote Natural Resources

    Come out and take a hike, the views will surprise you.

    Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts is encouraging visitors and staff to get out and hike our nearly completed Two Mile Trail Read more

  • Southeast Region

    SEAC checked the condition of over 100 archeological sites in 7 parks

    Archeological Work at CALO

    Over the course of the FY 2012 year, SEAC staff visited over 100 archeological sites in 7 parks in the Southeast Region to assess their current conditions. Archeological sites are inspected closely for any evidence of recent or on-going deterioration as a result of natural forces such as shoreline erosion resulting from sea level rise, or human activities such as illegal digging for relics. Read more

  • Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts

    Demonstration Gardens Inspire Eating Well

    It takes a lot of people to grow a garden

    Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts is engaging citizens and restaurant management in learning to eat well. The Park partner uses some fresh herbs, vegetables and fruit in their menu items. Read more

  • Youth Programs

    Mysteries Trails: A Summer Reading Program

    Ranger discusses reasons for national parks and the role of a ranger at a park

    The George Rogers Clark National Historical Park (GERO) and the Knox County Public Library worked together on an innovative program during the summer of 2012. The library sponsors a summer reading program each year, this year the park became a partner in this effort. The summer reading program encourages kids to read during their summer vacation this is done through reading sessions at the library, art, and other actives. Read more

  • Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts

    Native Meadow Provides Classroom for Sustainable Landscape

    Recent landscaping and natural resources projects are giving the public more reasons to visit besides wonderful entertainment.

    Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts is engaging citizen scientists and stewardship with the biodiversity of a native species meadow while reducing carbon dioxide and managing stormwater. Read more

  • Southeast Region

    Over 100 employees trained in interdiciplianary communication skills!

    Interdisciplinary Class

    The class is based on a shared competency employee training module developed by SEAC staff in association with the Stephen T. Mather Training Center and a SEAC-led interdisciplinary and interagency task group. The training builds interdisciplinary communication skills, empathizes a team approach to heritage interpretation, and stresses respect for multiple perspectives. Read more

  • Rock Creek Park

    Asphalt Loses to Local Football Players

    Rock Creek Conservancy Stream Team, Pinehurst Tributary, May 2012

    "Who knew this volunteer service would be a learning experience too." Read more

  • Point Reyes National Seashore

    Changing Elephant Seal Main Colony Monitoring Protocols

    A view from above of the main elephant seal colony at Point Reyes Headlands.

    Point Reyes National Seashore marine biologists team-up with Law Enforcement to conduct an on-site GAR Risk Assessment to determine whether the scientific gains achieved by accessing an elephant seal colony via a hazardous, steep trail were worth the physical risks of doing so. Read more

  • Point Reyes National Seashore

    Point Reyes Earns Silver for Electronics Stewardship

    Facility Management Specialist Sara Hammond and IT Specialist Aimee Davis sort E-waste for recycling

    Recognizing the significance of electronics stewardship, Point Reyes National Seashore is participating in the Federal Electronics Challenge program through the Environmental Protection Agency. Read more

  • 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