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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  • Saguaro National Park

    Congressman Grijalva And Local Students Celebrate Founder's Day

    Group photo of local high school students, Congressman Raul Grijalva, and park staff

    Local high school students were joined by park staff and Congressman Raul Grijalva at Saguaro's Tucson Mountain District on the National Park Service's 99th birthday, August 25th. Share their experience through our short video and learn what the service's 99th birthday means for our parks. Read more

  • Saguaro National Park

    Weed Free Trails Program Gathers Local Citizens

    A volunteer with a digging tool and a volunteer with a clipboard, at work in the desert

    Saguaro National Park volunteer program, Weed Free Trails, has seen an increase in new volunteer participants of all ages showing an interest in protecting our trails. Read more

  • Saguaro National Park

    Youth Groups Tackle Buffelgrass, Becoming Stewards of the Future

    Volunteers help remove Buffelgrass to help maintain Saguaro National Park’s natural beauty.

    Saguaro National Park established a monthly volunteer event in 2007. The objective of this event is to manually remove invasive non-native grasses within the park. One of the grasses volunteers pull is Buffelgrass which competes with native plants for resources and is a fire threat to the Sonoran desert. Read more

  • Chaco Culture National Historical Park

    Sun Watching Traditions Continue in Chaco Canyon

    Crowd at Kin Kletso Observes the Solstice Sunrise

    Before sun-up on December 21 visitors, staff, and volunteers gathered at an 800 year old building to carry on longstanding tradition. Read more

  • Fire Island National Seashore

    Fire Island Shares New Bat Education Resources at Teacher's Open House

    A researcher holds a red bat during bat surveys on Fire Island.

    Fire Island National Seashore's Student Conservation Association (SCA) Bat Survey Intern helped share new Project EduBat education resources and insight into her work assisting researchers at the Seashore's October Educator Open House. Read more

  • Fire Island National Seashore

    A Successful Summer for Fire Island National Seashore's First Latino Heritage Intern

    Fire Island National Seashore interns and staff pose for a photo at Sailors Haven Visitor Center

    Fire Island National Seashore was fortunate to participate in the first year of the Latino Heritage Internship Program. The NPS, partnering with Environment for the Americas and the Hispanic Access Foundation created this program to focus on increasing opportunities for young Latinos within the National Park Service, while encouraging greater visitation and participation of Latinos in the national parks in their backyards. Read more

  • Fire Island National Seashore

    High School Students Document Fire Island Biodiversity with DNA Barcoding

    Students take samples on the beach.

    A group of Long Island students visited Fire Island National Seashore's Sailors Haven to sample and document the diverse plant and invertebrate life found there. Read more

  • Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site

    Mather High School Studies NPS Skills in Craftsmanship

    We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future. ~ FDR

    As part of the National Park Services' partnership with Stephen T. Mather Building Arts & Craftsmanship High School, Roosevelt-Vanderbilt NHS participated in a field work day experience with approximately thirty of the school's students and three teachers. Read more

  • Aztec Ruins National Monument

    2015 Evening of Lights Illuminates History

    Ancestral Pueblo ruins illuminated by lantern-light

    The past glowed at Aztec Ruins National Monument during the annual Evening of Lights on December 10, 2015. A combination of LED lanterns, solar lights and luminarias welcomed visitors to experience the Aztec West great house in a different light. Read more

  • Lake Mead National Recreation Area

    Next Generation Discovers Great Outdoors at Lake Mead NRA

    youth nature journaling

    Youth from across the Las Vegas Valley visited Lake Mead National Recreation Area Dec. 12 to take part in an outdoor discovery series designed to connect with and create the next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates. Read more

  • Home Of Franklin D Roosevelt National Historic Site

    Hands-On the Land Interns

    SCA (Student Conservation Association) Interns Atyia, Pharoah and Jack

    There were many “hands on the land” this spring and summer to help us meet our goals in the Resource Management and Facilities Division. Read more

  • Home Of Franklin D Roosevelt National Historic Site

    Hands-On The Land Volunteers

    NPS employees Tim Meyerson, Don Shaffer and “Branching Out“ Youth

    Students and faculty from local colleges contributed in their areas of expertise. Read more

  • Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site

    2016 Adopted Class: Gardens of the Times

    Principal-Dr. Russell Moore, Teacher-Kathy Peterson, and Librarian Judi Stott

    In 2015 the students elected to focus on Eleanor Roosevelt and her home at Val-Kill. The park horticulturist, Anna de Cordova, introduced the students to the idea of a "Cultural Landscape" and the story that a historic landscape can communicate to visitors. Read more

  • Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site

    American Eel "catadromous" Migration Research

    Chris Bowser of NYSDEC instructs summer intern students on building an eel ladder

    Each spring students and community volunteers have been working with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation staff and scientists to monitor glass eel populations in the Hudson River tributaries. Read more

  • Home Of Franklin D Roosevelt National Historic Site

    Dragonfly Citizen Scientist Project

    The Da Silva Family, Evan Woods, and Natilie Cheung find their park!

    The summer of 2015 brought the first Citizen Scientists to Roosevelt Vanderbilt National Historic Sites to participate in the Dragonfly Citizen Scientist Project. Read more

  • Governors Island National Monument

    High School Students Learn Through Living History

    Students showcase the evolution of military uniforms throughout the years.

    Park Ranger Joe Korber of the Governors Island National Monument hosted the site's second annual "Not Quite Gone, Not Quite Dead" Living History military heritage fashion show in Fort Jay for the New York Harbor School's NPS Club. Read more

  • Gulf Islands National Seashore

    Stargazing on the Beach

    An adult helps a girl peer through a telescope at the night sky along the beach.

    Gulf Islands National Seashore partners with volunteers from the Escambia Amateur Astronomer’s Association (EAAA) to get an up close view of some celestial objects for a fun night out under the stars. Read more

  • Gulf Islands National Seashore

    International Coastal Cleanup

    Volunteers for the International Coastal Cleanup pose for a photo on the beach.

    Gulf Islands National Seashore participated in the International Coastal Cleanup on Saturday, September 19, 2015. Read more

  • Gulf Islands National Seashore

    Gulf Islands Research and Education Center (GIREC)

    Local leaders sign an agreement during a ceremony at the park.

    Gulf Islands National Seashore is proud to announce our new partnership with the University of West Florida to establish the Gulf Islands Research and Education Center (GIREC). Read more

  • Gulf Islands National Seashore

    Gulf Islands National Seashore Hosts Outside Science (inside parks) Film Crew

    A member of the film crew records footage on the beach

    Gulf Islands National Seashore was proud to host the Outside Science (inside parks) film crew in July 2015. Read more

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