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

    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

  • Interpretation and Education

    Birding on the Boardwalk - International Migratory Bird Day at Piscataway Park

    Visitors watching a raptor demonstration

    To experience a diversity of bird life in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, one does not need to travel far. Just 45 minutes away from downtown DC, Piscataway Park celebrated the diversity of birds that can be found right in Marylanders, Virginians, and Washingtonians' backyards with International Migratory Bird Day. Read more

  • Cane River Creole National Historical Park

    Park Hosts Juneteenth Celebration

    Pamoja Arts Society at Oakland

    The park celebrated Juneteenth with music, film, and a tour of Oakland Plantation for area youth groups. Read more

  • Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

    Native Conservation Corps Cultivates Young Stewards

    Native Conservation Corps members in greenhouse

    Since 2011, the Native Conservation Corps program has connected twenty-eight Native American youth to their National Parks. Through this program, Native American youth explore career and life experiences while engaging in conservation work in their National Parks. The program is mutually beneficial to Native American youth, their local communities, and National Parks. Read more

  • Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve

    Proton Patients in Parks

    ranger and partner in front of marsh

    Park staff has partnered with the University of Florida Proton Therapy Institute Patient Services Department to provide ranger guided programs to cancer patients and their families. Read more

  • Catoctin Mountain Park

    Catoctin Mountain Junior Web Ranger

    Catoctin Mountain Junior Web Ranger at http://www.nps.gov/cato/forkids/jrwebranger.htm

    Using interactive activities, Catoctin Mountain Park outreaches to "virtual visitors" worldwide through the Catoctin Mountain Junior Web Ranger program at http://www.nps.gov/cato/forkids/jrwebranger.htm. This program has the potential to reach new audiences. Many of these users may never actually visit the park, but they can discover what makes Catoctin Mountain Park a unique place and develop an understanding and appreciation of the park and the National Park Service. Read more

  • Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail

    Youth Teach Youth the Relevance of the Anza Trail

    Anza Trail Ambassadors at Las Lagunas de Anza

    High schoolers from Nogales, Ariz., learn about their heritage and teach the story of the Anza Trail to area schoolchildren. Read more

  • Thomas Stone National Historic Site

    Stone Family Sideboard Returns

    THST sideboard

    Through a grant and an excellent historic preservationist, a piece of history returned to the park. Read more

  • Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

    Connecting the Past to Our Future

    Connecting the past to our future

    Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park archeologists brought field archeology activities to middle school students at neighboring Kea‘au Middle School earlier this year. Students joined rangers outside for a simulated hands-on experience of what park archeologists do in the field. Read more

  • Valley Forge National Historical Park

    Hundreds Celebrated our Nation’s Independence at Valley Forge this July 4th

    Collage of the day's activities including children marching with wooden dummy muskets, a cannon firing, and a family wearing continental uniforms.

    Over seventy volunteers, partners, and park staff came together to plan and execute the July 4th Community Picnic in the Park, which saw over 1,500 visitors. Read more

  • Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

    Keiki o Hawai‘i Nei

    Keiki o Hawai‘i Nei at Halema‘uma‘u

    Keiki (children) from local communities completed an exciting four-day summer junior ranger program exploring the natural and cultural heritage of Hawai‘i at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. The program, which began more than 30 years ago, sparks their enthusiasm for discovery by connecting the children with the park’s resources and staff. A special emphasis on what is distinctly Hawaiian is a mainstay of the curriculum. There is no cost to participate. Read more

  • Lowell National Historical Park

    1300 energetic third-graders visit Lowell NHP in early June as part of "Civic Day."

    Ranger Resi Polixa & Lowell 3rd Graders at

    Lowell Public school third graders had the opportunity to learn about how their community works during the inaugural district-wide civics day on Wednesday, June 4, 2014. Read more