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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  • Blue Ridge Parkway

    Blue Ridge Musical Heritage

    Visitors dancing at Mabry Mill

    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

  • Cane River Creole National Historical Park

    Rangers and Kids Count Birds at Cloutierville School

    Students Count Birds

    Rangers and students count birds at Cloutierville School. Read more

  • Gulf Islands National Seashore

    Civil War Kids

    Kids at a Civil War camp.

    Gulf Islands National Seashore has played an active role in enhancing the education and preservation of our American heritage. During the summer months, kids from across the country have participated in the park's Junior Ranger series, the Civil War Kids Camp. Hands-on discovery such as making hardtack, sending code, dressing in aprons and uniforms, washing clothes, rolling bandages are used to instill a deeper understanding of our nation's past. Read more

  • Gulf Islands National Seashore

    Turtle Talk in the Night

    Ranger and taxidermied sea turtle.

    Since 2008, Gulf Islands National Seashore has been educating visitors about the plight of sea turtles, and the trials they face while navigating the beaches along the northern Gulf. Partnering with the Escambia Amateur Astronomy Association, millions of visitors have learned the importance of preserving the Seashore's unique dark sky vista's. Hands-on education, during the park's Full Moon Walks, allows all ages the opportunity to get to know these endangered Gulf reptiles. Read more

  • Andersonville National Historic Site

    Andersonville Connects To Its Civil Rights Past

    Park ranger and men stand in an open field area behind a stone monument labeled

    Inspired by researching the January 1, 1869 Emancipation Day service at Andersonville National Cemetery, park staff have made significant strides toward better interpreting African American history at the prison site and national cemetery. Read more

  • National Capital Region

    New Healthy Parks Healthy People Videos Launched

    Director Jarvis with doctors and a patient.

    Healthy Parks Healthy People Greater Washington Area launched three new health videos. The videos (a Park Rx Teaser, a Park Rx Documentary, and have Fun & Be Healthy; A Message from Junior Rangers) were a collaborative project with NPS and health partners. These videos will be part of a future Park Rx tool kit created by RTCA with input from health partners and NPS parks to help Park Rx expand regionally and nationally. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6FWJ3Pw5EhFm8 Read more

  • Cane River Creole National Historical Park

    Cane River Creole NHP and New Orleans Jazz NHP present "Freedom is Coming" Concert

    Elaine Foster and Matt Hampsey

    Cane River Creole NHP partners with New Orleans Jazz NHP and Asbury United Methodist Church to present "Freedom Is Coming Concert". Read more

  • Thomas Stone National Historic Site

    "Echoes of Liberty" at Signer of Declaration's House

    Photo of exhibt

    The exhibit traces the ideal of “liberty” throughout history and through time. Read more

  • Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

    Journey through Waterways and Walkways to Wellness at Glen Canyon National Recreation

    Active Trails participants were inspired by Glen Canyon National Recreation Area landscapes.

    Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and partners recently wrapped up a National Park Foundation Active Trails grant funded program focused on improving overall community wellness by connecting local Native American youth and adults to their National Recreation Area through engagement in land and water based outdoor recreation activities. Read more

  • Fort Donelson National Battlefield

    Fort Donelson Completes Ethnographic Study of Area

    A unique study of the land and the people who used the land and called it home.

    Working with contractors, SER staff, park staff, and local community members, in 2013 the park completed an Ethnographic Overview and Assessment of the area, including the boundaries of Fort Donelson NB, anticipated new lands, and lands and communities around the park, including our satellite site, Fort Heiman, in Kentucky. Read more

  • Cabrillo National Monument

    Tidepool Monitoring Fosters Discovery and Stewardship

    Volunteers Elise Watson and Mario Diaz measure algal turf along a line transect at Cabrillo NM

    Beyond learning about rocky intertidal habitats, Rocky Intertidal Monitoring Program volunteers come away knowing they have contributed to the stewardship of their coastline. The data they collect helps scientists and park managers understand how to better protect the health of rocky intertidal communities. Read more

  • Chesapeake Bay

    Chesapeake Youth Corps and Universal Access

    Five Chesapeake Youth Corps participants pose in front of the new universally accessible boat launch they helped build.

    The list of accomplishments for partners in the NPS-led Chesapeake Youth Corps has grown in 2013, and includes installation of a universally accessible kayak launch at Bladensburg Waterfront Park on the Anacostia River in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Read more

  • Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

    Star-Spangled Banner Trail Stewards Blaze The Way

    New Star-Spangled Banner Trail Stewards take the flag to Patterson Park in Baltimore City

    5th graders in Baltimore, Maryland blazed the way as the first Trail Stewards on the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail Read more

  • Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail

    Building the John Smith Trail on the James River

    Chickahominy River pier on the John Smith Trail

    Many state and local partners and non-profit organizations are working with NPS to give visitors access to the beauty of Chesapeake waters and landscapes along the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail. Read more

  • Cane River Creole National Historical Park

    Christmas Down River Traditions Continue

    Choir Photo

    Park hosts annual Christmas Down River events at Oakland and Magnolia plantations. Read more

  • Golden Gate National Recreation Area

    Online Games Bring Parks to the People

    A screenshot capturing one of GGNRA’s new online interactive games.

    Golden Gate National Recreation Area released two new web-based games that bring the park experience to the people. Children learn about their local national park unit from their homes and classrooms and develop the critical thinking and analytical skills necessary for becoming the world’s next generation of park stewards. Read more

  • Golden Gate National Recreation Area

    Historic Restaurant Serves Up Sustainability

    The demonstration wind turbine in operation alongside the Cliff House and its adjacent gift shop.

    This famous park concessioner’s dedication to health and sustainability is reflected in both its menu and operations. Read more

  • Golden Gate National Recreation Area

    High School Students Get out in the Park

    Galileo High School students wade in the water near Crissy Field as part of an AP Environmental Science course.

    AP Environmental Science students from the Galileo Academy of Science and Technology use their local national park unit as a living laboratory. Read more

  • Golden Gate National Recreation Area

    Educator Training Event Promotes Diversity in Parks

    Animated park educators develop action and implementation plans together.

    With help from a National Park Foundation grant, Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) has developed a week-long multicultural training program for fellow California-based national park educators and interpreters. Read more

  • Golden Gate National Recreation Area

    Collaborative Partner Programming Extends Educational Reach

    NatureBridge program participants compare a seal to a sea lion at the The Marine Mammal Center.

    Park partners The Marine Mammal Center and NatureBridge combine forces to extend their educational reach. Read more