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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  • 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

  • Youth Programs

    Mount Rushmore National Park Internship Program Exposes Youth to NPS Careers

    Intern's primary work site

    This is the third year that the Darrell Martin scholarship has been offered. Each year we are able to focus the internship on the student’s interest and skills. This has been very successful for both the park and the student. Through seeing a larger perspective of park operations, students are able to gain firsthand experience outside of school. Read more

  • Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve

    UNF Public Archaeology Program

    Archaeologists at work

    Through the UNF Continuing Education Program members of the public were invited to aid in the excavation of a Spanish mission site at the Cedar Point area of the Preserve. Read more

  • Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve

    Partnership with Fort Caroline Elementary School

    Mayor with Jr. Rangers

    Fort Caroline Memorial and Fort Caroline Elementary School team up to celebrate a milestone. Read more

  • Lava Beds National Monument

    Annual Timeline Living History Event offers a hands-on history lesson to area element

    Timeline Living History Event, Mountain Man put fur coat on Student

    In May, over 20 volunteers, dressed in period clothing, helped Lava Beds National Monument host its annual Timeline Living History event. During this event volunteers spent two nights and two days camping in an Army camp, fur trading camp, and in a covered wagon. Volunteers demonstrated historic-era activities to almost 300 area students, giving them a chance to see how life was before cars and the internet. To make sure they had a "Ticket to Ride", Lava Beds funded them. Read more

  • National Park of American Samoa

    Samoan Youth Experience Their National Park through Field Trips and Programs

    Photo of elementary students using binoculars to watch native birds.

    The National Park of American Samoa provides over 7,000 Samoan youth throughout the territory with field trip experiences into the national park and virtual exploration in the classrooms. Read more

  • Pinnacles National Park

    Let's Move Outside and into Our Parks!

    This program not only got youth excited about getting exercise but for visiting Pinnacles National Monument, a national park service site right in their backyard, and inspiring them to become stewards of this special place now and on into their future. Read more

  • Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

    Playing it Safe in Sequoia and Kings Canyon

    Trail crew members remove rockfall on a cliffside trail.

    The statistics are simply stated: These parks have trained over 200 employees in the 16-hour Operational Leadership course. Significant coordination and commitment lies behind these numbers, but the payoff is well worth it. Read more

  • San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

    Park Sails Replica SF Shrimp Junk to China Camp Heritage Festival

    Replica San Francisco Shrimp Junk Boat

    San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park's replica San Francisco Bay shrimp junk sails the Bay to participate in community heritage events. Read more

  • Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

    Got Information?

    An upright orientation exhibit near a granite staircase

    Orientation, interpretation, and safety information increased dramatically in quality and availability this year, thanks to investments in updating and upgrading dozens of wayside exhibits throughout the parks. Read more

  • Heritage Preservation Services

    Battlefield Protection, One Acre at a Time

    Cedar Mountain Battlefield, VA

    American Battlefield Protection Program does battlefield protection one acre at a time. Read more

  • Heritage Preservation Services

    Working with Section 106

    Wyse Fork Battlefield, NC. Intersection of Bonnie Brown Rd and CR 1002

    Working with Section 106 and the American Battlefield Protection Program Read more

  • Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

    Interns in the Parks

    Interns stand smiling at the edge of a lake

    Ten interns from nine different colleges participated in the parks internship program this year. Each student worked hard to learn about and contribute to various park programs, ranging from wilderness and air quality to archival work and ecological restoration. Read more

  • Heritage Preservation Services

    National Report on Civil War Battlefields: Updated!

    Lumsden’s Battery, Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site, KY

    National Report on Civil War Battlefields is being updated by the American Battlefield Protection Program. Read more

  • Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

    Engaging Youth through Service and Learning

    Two girls add a top railing to an outdoor exhibit

    More than 200 young people from 16 organizations camped, worked on service projects, and participated in park activities this summer, thanks to the efforts of two seasonal youth-leadership liaisons for the Volunteer-in-Parks program. The liaisons focused on engaging under-served youth in volunteer projects that included opportunities for learning and focused on developing values, conservation awareness, and citizen stewardship. Read more

  • Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

    Accessible Interpretation

    An exhibit panel in a sequoia grove that shows cones of different tree species

    Two projects moved these parks ahead in the accessibility arena: A new type of tactile exhibit was installed along a fabulous trail among giant sequoias, and audio-visual programs offer options that increase their availability to all. Read more

  • Cane River Creole National Historical Park

    Park Hosts Helaire Family Reunion

    Helaire Family

    Decendants of Enslaved Workers and Sharecroppers Visit Oakland Read more