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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  • Canyonlands National Park

    Canyonlands Receives International Dark Sky Park Designation

    stargazers illuminated in red look through telescopes with the Milky Way in the background

    The International Dark Sky Association designated Canyonlands as an International Dark Sky Park in 2015. Thanks to its natural darkness and recent efforts to revamp park lighting with "night-sky friendly" bulbs and fixtures, Canyonlands received a Gold-Tier designation. Read more

  • Natural Bridges National Monument

    Community Artist Hosts Sketch Crawls in Southeast Utah Parks

    two women hold up watercolor paintings

    The national parks in the Southeast Utah Group (Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Hovenweep National Park, and Natural Bridges National Monument) have hosted a Community Artist in the Parks as a way to partner local artists with the parks and their visitors. Read more

  • Hovenweep National Monument

    Community Artist Hosts Sketch Crawls in Southeast Utah Parks

    two women hold up watercolor paintings

    The national parks in the Southeast Utah Group (Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Hovenweep National Park, and Natural Bridges National Monument) have hosted a Community Artist in the Parks as a way to partner local artists with the parks and their visitors. Read more

  • Arches National Park

    "Look Where We Live"

    students sitting on the ground paint on large white boards

    "Look Where We Live" is a collaborative project that brings local students into Arches and Canyonlands national parks to connect with parks through the arts. Students learn art concepts and produce pieces of art during field trips to the parks. Read more

  • Canyonlands National Park

    "Look Where We Live!"

    students sitting on the ground paint on large white boards

    "Look Where We Live" is a collaborative project that brings local students into Arches and Canyonlands national parks to connect with parks through the arts. Students learn art concepts and produce pieces of art during field trips to the parks. Read more

  • Canyonlands National Park

    Community Artist Hosts Sketch Crawls in Southeast Utah Parks

    two women hold up watercolor paintings

    The national parks in the Southeast Utah Group (Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Hovenweep National Park, and Natural Bridges National Monument) have hosted a Community Artist in the Parks as a way to partner local artists with the parks and their visitors. Read more

  • Fort Stanwix National Monument

    Fort Stanwix Supports STEAM Initiatives

    A clay and wood model. Half of it is colorful cell structures, the other half is the fort.

    Fort Stanwix National Monument has partnered with several local school districts in supporting student art and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) initiatives. Read more

  • Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area

    K-12 Students Write About Place

    Archie Lakhman, shown here with his brother at the Marshlands Conservancy in Rye, NY.

    Teaching the Hudson Valley asked K-12 students in the 11-county Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area to write about places they love in the region. Each student’s work was read by a panel looking for evocation of place, a vivacious voice, and mastery of conventions appropriate to age and development. Read more

  • Flight 93 National Memorial

    Stepping Forward with the Class of 2016

    Group of high schools students walking along a trail in the rain.  Most have umbrelas

    On September 10, 2015, over 90 students representing the Somerset County Class of 2016 played an active role in the Dedication of the Flight 93 National Memorial Visitor Center Complex. Together they not only dedicated a new visitor center, but opened a new chapter in the legacy of Flight 93. The visitor center will serve as a place to explore the past, present, and future of Flight 93, the memorial, and our national parks. Read more

  • Lowell National Historical Park

    "Piecing Together a Changing Planet” visits the Boott Cotton Mills Museum

    Park service employees welcome visitor to talk and live, video feed of speakers.

    Exhibit and curator talk. Read more

  • Lowell National Historical Park

    Centennial FAM tours with over 30 partners.

    Ranger talks on mic and points to picture being held by a man.

    In preparation for the National Park Service Centennial, the park reached out to over 30 partners to renew interest, ask for input and recommit for the future. Read more

  • Lowell National Historical Park

    “Growing Up Portuguese in Lowell,” by five Portuguese-Americans Exhibit.

    People gather around an exhibit panel.

    Members of the Portuguese community of Massachusetts share their story at Lowell National Historical Park in the exhibit “Growing Up Portuguese in Lowell,” by five Portuguese-Americans. Read more

  • Chaco Culture National Historical Park

    Pueblo-Maya Youth "Find Their Park" at Chaco Culture

    Pueblo-Maya youth stand atop the north mesa along the Pueblo Alto Trail

    Cultural exchange program aims to engage participants with the natural beauty and cultural heritage of ancestral sites. Read more

  • Governors Island National Monument

    Columbia University Architecture Students Get Fortified

    Professor Victoria Sanger presents two books on French forts to the NPS for their library.

    Having the only French-inspired harbor fortifications in the neighborhood was the good fortune that Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Preservation and Planning students enjoyed in their visit to Governors Island National Monument. Read more

  • Fort Scott National Historic Site

    New Birth of Freedom was theme of Candlelight Tour at Fort Scott NHS

    A row of candlelanterns with visitor center to the left

    On December 4 and 5, 2015, Fort Scott National Historic Site hosted its 34th Annual Candlelight Tour. During the tour, the soft glow from over 700 candle lanterns lent an air of enchantment to the site. The tour was a complete sellout, with 658 visitors enjoying a unique view of history followed by musical entertainment. This year’s tour wrapped up the site’s five year commemoration of the American Civil War Sesquicentennial. Read more

  • Lake Mead National Recreation Area

    Lake Mead’s AIS Team Educated 36,000 Visitors in 2015

    Lake Mead Launch Ramp Team

    Lake Mead National Recreation Area enlisted a 13-member team during the summer to slow the spread of aquatic invasive species in the west. The AIS team educated the community, boaters and other park visitors about the importance of cleaning, draining and drying all boats and equipment before and after recreating on lakes Mead and Mohave. Read more

  • Saguaro National Park

    Trail Volunteers Complete Stewardship Project on the Quilter Trail

    Trail Volunteers Complete Stewardship Project on the Quilter Trail

    On Saturday, November 2, 2013, volunteers from Saguaro National Park, the Arizona Trail Association, and international students from the University of Arizona Society of Mining Engineers volunteered their time by completing trail maintenance on the Quilter Trail, a segment of the Arizona Trail, where they brushed and installed erosion control devices. Read more

  • Saguaro National Park

    Saguaro NP and Southern Arizona Roadrunners Host 5th Annual BEYOND Fun Run/Walk Event

    Three people pose with Sunny the Saguaro, the park's mascot

    Approximately 250 eager fun runners and walkers lined up at the corner of Hohokam and Kinney Roads in Saguaro National Park to commemorate the 5th Anniversary of the tragic events of January 8, 2011 and to celebrate our community, as part of the 5th Annual BEYOND event. Read more

  • Saguaro National Park

    Tourism to Saguaro National Park Creates Over 58 Million in Economic Benefits

    Saguaro cacti silhouettes at Saguaro National Park

    A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 673,752 visitors to Saguaro National Park in 2014, spent nearly $41.6 million in communities near the Park. That spending supported 610 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of more than $58 million. Read more

  • Saguaro National Park

    Volunteers Contribute a Million Dollars Worth of Time And Talent

    Two Saguaro National Park volunteers smile for a photo on the outside patio at Tucson Mountain District

    During the fiscal year of 2015, we had 554 volunteers contribute 43,948 hours of volunteer service. That's amazing! Saguaro volunteers have many positions around the park including helping at the visitor centers, removing invasive plants, patrolling our park trails, and many more vital roles that help keep Saguaro running. Read more

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