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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  • Independence National Historical Park

    Independence Visitor Center Reduces Carbon Footprint

    Exterior of Independence Visitor Center, a brick building prominently displaying the words

    Independence National Historical Park and the Independence Visitor Center Corporation teamed up to reduce the carbon footprint at the Independence Visitor Center. Through an improved Building Automation System, redistribution fans, and a cogeneration plant, the park and its partner are working toward certification of the Independence Visitor Center as a Energy Star rated and LEED certified building. Read more

  • Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine

    Park Partners learn new job skills, and help the park

    Project SERVE employees learning a new job skill at Fort McHenry

    Disadvantaged young adults from Baltimore learn new job skills and help park staff acheive their mission goals. It's a win-win. Read more

  • Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site

    Students Live the Life of the Frontier Trading Post

    Students assist with the skinning of a deer.

    High school students assist with the skinning of a deer as part of their living history experience. The students worked 2 days with 1840s instruction living the life of a craftsman, trader, domestic or trapper-hu nter. Read more

  • Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site

    High School JV Runners Tackle a Part of the Santa Fe Trail

    Runners take off in view of Bent's Fort

    Runners from area high and junior high schools run the hiking trail near Bent's Fort. A quicken pulse came about when they came upon a Bull snake during the race. Read more

  • Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site

    Bicylcists Travel Back in Time

    Cyclists enjoy their stop at Bent's Fort

    The Pedal the Plains Bike Tour sponsored by the Denver Post included Bent's Fort as a stop along their route. True to the spirit of the 1840s Santa Fe Trail travelers, the cyclists relaxed and enjoyed a place to get in the shade. Read more

  • Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site

    Southeast Colorado Parks Host Youth Summit

    Students learn 1840s history of a fur trade post

    Middle and High School students learn by doing 1840s work at the adobe fur trading post Bent's Fort. They took part in living history adobe work, trap setting and trade with sign language. Read more

  • Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site

    Monarch Tagging at Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site

    Student tagging a monarch butterfly

    Students spent the day tagging Monarch Butterflies as part of the Monarch Watch Program. The watch helps scientists determine the migration pattern. Read more

  • Mammoth Cave National Park

    People go batty for Bat Night

    Visitors view bats in Mammoth Cave vestibule.

    How do bat researchers learn about the small mysterious creatures of the night? With cool, geeky bat monitoring equipment, like night-vision goggles and acoustic recorders, of course. How do you take the mystery out of bats? By inviting people to be bat geeks on International Bat Night at Mammoth Cave National Park. Read more

  • Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

    Rangers Partner with Community Commercial Tour Guides

    Learning about the Mauna Ulu eruption

    More than 500 commercial tour guides representing 160 companies on Hawai‘i Island have completed training seminars in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, and have a deeper understanding of the biology, geology, and Hawaiian cultural connection of the park to share with their guests. Read more

  • New England National Scenic Trail

    Conserving Lands along the New England National Scenic Trail

    Connecticut River Oxbow from the Mount Holyoke Range

    The Massachusetts Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs recently awarded a $1.5M Landscape Partnership grant to protect nearly 1200 acres on the iconic Mount Holyoke Range which includes the New England Trail. This land protection initiative, which targets lands identified by the Nature Conservancy for climate change resilience, will be led by the Kestrel Land Trust and local communities along the New England Trail. Read more

  • Blue Ridge Parkway

    My Mountain Home

    Mountain cabin on Blue Ridge Parkway

    Local elementary students were invited to visit the Blue Ridge Parkway’s 1890s era Humpback Rocks Mountain Farm last fall to learn about and compare life a century ago with life today. Read more

  • Craters Of The Moon National Monument & Preserve

    Snowshoeing on the Moon

    students snowshoeing

    Over 1100 students visited Craters of the Moon for an unforgettable educational experience this winter. Read more

  • Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site

    Youth Council Provides Feedback to Site

    Ranger Joan Wilson speaks with members of the Youth Leadership Advisory Council.

    Park Ranger Joan Wilson has taken the lead in engaging Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site's first Youth Leadership Advisory Council (YLAC). The council, made up of local high school students, is actively engaged in helping the park chart out a course to success in reaching new audiences. Read more

  • Blue Ridge Parkway

    Reading and Writing with Rangers

    Ranger with school children

    Blue Ridge Parkway Rangers are helping 3rd graders from a local Spruce Pine, NC school develop their reading and writing skills as they learn about parkway resources. Read more

  • Blue Ridge Parkway

    Building Confidence in the Great Outdoors

    Children with a ranger in the classroom

    During the summer of 2013, the staff of the Pisgah interpretive district collaborated with the Asheville Parks and Recreation Division to present on-site interpretive programs at the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center. Children came on four different occasions for hands-on, experiential learning activities focused on the local resources of the Blue Ridge Parkway and how they can experience them. Read more

  • Blue Ridge Parkway

    Up Close and Personal With the American Revolution

    Living History Program on the Blue Ridge Parkway

    Youth from western North Carolina are having a full sensory experience learning about the connections between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the American Revolution. Read more

  • Andersonville National Historic Site

    New Traveling Exhibit to Share the Prisoner of War Story With New Audiences

    A group of people stand by exhibit panels and cut a red ribbon.

    A multi-year partnership resulted in the completion of "Victory From Within: The American Prisoner of War Experience," a new traveling exhibit produced by Andersonville National Historic Site in partnership with the Friends of Andersonville and American Ex-Prisoners of War. Read more

  • Gulf Islands National Seashore

    Soundside Serenade

    Members of the Santa Rosa Strings Quartet.

    Classical music blended with the sound of surf along the shores of Santa Rosa Sound at the Soundside Serenade, held under the trees at the Naval Live Oaks Area of Gulf Islands National Seashore, Florida. Read more

  • Blue Ridge Parkway

    Music and Arts in the Mountains

    An artist painting along the Blue Ridge Parkway

    We will showcase the meaning of parks to new audiences through dance, music, visual arts, writing, and social media. To do so we will launch 25 artist-led expeditions that involve youth in creating new expressions of the park experience through fresh perspectives and new technology. Read more

  • Blue Ridge Parkway

    Blue Ridge Musical Heritage

    Mid-Day Mountain Music at the Blue Ridge Music Center

    Students, teachers and visitors learn more about the musical history of southwestern Virginia by attending free concerts, visiting the Roots of American Music Museum and the Blue Ridge Music Center or by traveling along Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, “The Crooked Road” into the local communities that surround the Blue Ridge Parkway. Read more