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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  • Valley Forge National Historical Park

    VOICES of Valley Forge Celebrates Cultural Diversity

    African American soldier with local students

    The VOICES workshops uncovered through visual and performing arts and literature the stories of diversity, women and children that are often not present in the traditional historical narrative and provided opportunities for relevant park experiences for park neighbors and youth who had not previously visited the park. Read more

  • Lowell National Historical Park

    "Re-Inventing America: Lowell and the Industrial Revolution" website launched.

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    The Tsongas Industrial History Center (TIHC) launched a new web feature whose development was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities for educators everywhere. Read more

  • Lowell National Historical Park

    28th Annual Lowell Folk Festival

    Performers from Grand Master Seiichi Tanaka's San Francisco Taiko Dojo stand next to taiko drums

    Grand Master Seiichi Tanaka's San Francisco Taiko Dojo. Japanese taiko drumming kick off the 28th Lowell Folk Festival at Boardinghouse Park. Read more

  • Valley Forge National Historical Park

    The Summer of Bugs at Valley Forge NHP concludes with a 24-hour insect inventory

    Young girl points at a spider wasp captured in a plastic container.

    The Summer of Bugs provided a season-long opportunity for Valley Forge National Historical Park visitors and distance learners to become citizen scientists, join in fun and educational biodiversity discovery activities, and collect data on a group of animals for which the park had little information. Read more

  • Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

    Working together to protect dark skies

    Hawaiian petrel

    Last summer, park wildlife biologists overnighted on Mauna Loa, and at high elevation observed very bright lights below in the vicinity of the park's headquarters area. Further investigation showed it was Kilauea Military Camp, which operates under a special use permit in the park. Subsequently, park staff worked extensively with KMC to make significant improvements, returning dark skies to the park, benefiting both night-flying seabirds and visitors. Read more

  • Minute Man National Historical Park

    Youth Thrive in Historic Gardens: Branching Out Comes to Minute Man NHP

    Park Superintendent, staff, and volunteers in park gardens.

    Youth Thrive in Historic Gardens: Olmsted Branching Out Program spent a week in July, 2014 at Minute Man NHP assisting park staff in the installation of benches and removal of invasive plants from the historic park gardens. Read more

  • Minute Man National Historical Park

    A National Guard Regiment Visits Its Birthplace

    Colonial Minute Man re-enactor talking to National Guard unit.

    Dressed as a member of the Massachusetts Militia, National Park Ranger David Hannigan describes to soldiers of the Massachusetts Army National Guard 101st Engineer Battalion the events that took place at the historic Hartwell Tavern and along the Battle Road. Read more

  • Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

    Native American Youth Engage in the Resource Along the San Juan River

    Youth, GCY Guides, and Park Staff at Clay Hill’s Crossing, the take-out point.

    The National Park Foundation’s America’s Best Idea grant funded an 8-day, 58-mile rafting trip down the San Juan River for 12 Northern Arizona high schoolers. Opportunities for outdoor recreational activities, natural resource education, and involvement in resource stewardship projects were plentiful along this section of the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Read more

  • Lowell National Historical Park

    Spindle City Stars Youth Theater Program

    Members of the Spindle City Youth Theater Program

    Fostering conversation between time and space about the impact of the Waltham-Lowell System in Lowell during and post industrial revolution and its continued impact on Lowell and its residents today. We will be displaying opinions and perceptions across time periods and between different communities that make up Lowell then and today. Read more

  • Catoctin Mountain Park

    Bringing Catoctin Mountain Park to Your Home and/or Mobile Device

    Catoctin Mountain Park's Social Media on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and YouTube

    Catoctin Mountain Park (CATO) is outreaching to visitors worldwide expanding its social media presence through Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and YouTube. The type of material posted includes interpretive material about the park's natural and cultural resources, program and event announcements, news releases, safety tips, alerts about facility closures, historic milestones, and much more. Read more

  • George Rogers Clark National Historical Park

    A Lasting Legacy

    Ranger Jason Collins leading the annual George Rogers Clark March

    Staff at the George Rogers Clark National Park used an exceptional way to tell the park's story. In partnership with WVUB in Vincennes (91.1) and 26 students of Vincennes Rivet Middle/High School, park personnel created an innovative public service program for February. Read more

  • Saguaro National Park

    Scholarly Pursuits: Park Break on Hydrogeology of Tinajas

    Photo of graduate students and professor at Madrona Pools, Saguaro National Park

    Graduate students came from all over the US to study the hydrogeology of spring-fed stream pools at Saguaro National Park during a “Park Break” spring break project at the park. The students did a fast but deep assessment of the geology and origin of water in these pools, and made recommendations for managing these small water sources that are so important for wildlife at the park. Read more

  • Saguaro National Park

    A Greener Saguaro with Bananas?

    Saguaro National Park's Green Banana Award

    There are green bananas in Saguaro National Park? Yes in fact there are four of them, once per quarter, buildings are competing to reduce energy consumption. Saguaro highlights and quantifies the costs saving by presenting the “Green Banana Award” to the best performing energy reduction facility during All Employee Meetings. The award celebrates the facility with the highest energy percentage savings per quarter over the previous year. Read more

  • Saguaro National Park

    Pedals and Parks Cycle Saguaro

    A child on a moonlit bike ride through Saguaro National Park.

    With support from the National Park Foundation, Friends of Saguaro National Park, Arizona Trails Association, Seeds of Steward Ship, Cirrus Visual, and the University of Arizona, Saguaro National Park was able to repair and improve several wash crossings along the new multi-use Hope Camp Trail. Now cyclists, equestrians, and hikers alike can share the trail and connect with nature and the spectacular viewsheds as they get started on the Arizona Trail. Read more

  • National Mall & Memorial Parks

    Park Commemorates 50th Anniversary of March on Washington

    crowd stands on the lincoln memorial plaza with washington monument in the background

    Thousands gather to experience in the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Read more

  • National Mall & Memorial Parks

    Park Commemorates 75th Anniversary of Marian Anderson Concert

    dc school student stands in front of podium in fur hat and shawl

    School students reenact the 1939 Marian Anderson concert, reflecting on civil rights and the importance of National Parks. Read more

  • Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site

    Hudson Valley Writing Project

    Hudson Valley Writing Project

    Nine middle-school students spent a week in July exploring the Roosevelt-Vanderbilt sites through creative writing. Read more

  • Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site

    Vanderbilt NHS opens to paddlers on the Hudson River Greenway National Water Trail

    Vanderbilt NHS opens to paddlers on the Hudson River Greenway National Water Trail

    Kayakers and local officials joined park and RTCA staff, and Hudson River Greenway/NHA to dedicate Bard Rock, at the Vanderbilt Mansion, as an official site on the Hudson River Greenway Water Trail. Read more

  • Hampton National Historic Site

    Hands-on learning for a local high school student

    Isabelle Pardwew monitoring a bluebird box

    A local high school student is learning natural resource stewardship, science, and she's having a lot of fun. Read more

  • Interpretation and Education

    A STEM that Grows - Earth Day at Fort Foote Park

    Students sitting in a field at Fort Foote Park

    Students from Indian Queen Elementary School of Fort Washington, MD had an Earth Day field trip to Fort Foote Park with lessons combining ecology, biology, botany and mathematics. Read more