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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  • Youth Programs

    2012 NPS Academy: Connecting Youth to NPS Careers

    NPS Academy Orientation 2012

    During spring break 2012, thirty diverse college students spent a week in Great Smoky Mountains National Park participating in seminars, workshops, field trips and recreational activities which focused on the importance of culture, diversity, NPS career options as well as the legacy of conservation within the NPS. These students were then placed in Student Conservation Association (SCA) internships at a number of NPS sites across the country. Read more

  • Youth Programs

    Monitoring water quality of local streams

    (National Park Service) - Kelsey Stafford

    While many of her peers have congressional internships or jobs that have kept them inside air conditioned office buildings, Kelsey Stafford has spent her summer working outdoors examining the environment of the nation’s capital. As an intern with the National Park Service, Stafford has been monitoring the water quality of 10 streams along the George Washington Memorial Parkway. These streams, which include Spout Run in Arlington, feed into the Potomac River. Read more

  • Youth Programs

    Youth Conservation Corps At Kenai Fjords National Park

    The YCCs prepare to climb the Harding Icefield Trail

    On Tuesday, August 7, the Kenai Fjords YCCs celebrated their summer work with a "brown-bag lunch" presentation and award ceremony. Alaska Geographic funded the event providing a special cake. The cake depicted a Brown Bear encounter that two of the YCCs experienced at Exit Glacier. Several of the YCCs have supported Alaska Geographic by helping to run the AK Geo outlets at the Information Center in Seward and at the Exit Glacier Nature Center. Read more

  • Youth Programs

    Historically Black Colleges and Universities Internships Program

    HBCUI Hampton shows their Yorktown Battlefield pride with traditional 18th century tricorne hats

    For almost a decade, Angelou Ezeilo, founder and executive director of the Greening Youth Foundation, has been working to connect a diverse population of America’s youth to the outdoors and careers in conservation. George McDonald, Youth Programs Manager for the National Park Service shared this vision of engaging diverse young adults and connecting them to our nation’s parks. Fast forward to this summer, the vision has materialized as the Greening Youth Foundation’s HBCUI p Read more

  • Youth Programs

    Interns are helping to conserve a nationally-rare and beautiful wildflower at Ozark N

    A spicebush swallowtail visits a blooming tall larkspur

    Tall larkspur (Delphinium exaltatum) is a nationally-rare wildflower with beautiful, purplish-blue blossoms that are highly attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds. This unusual species occurs primarily in the Appalachian corridor; disjunct populations grow in the Missouri Ozarks, however, over 400 miles west of the nearest Appalachian population. Read more

  • National Capital Parks-East

    Inspiring new scientists through Urban Archaeology program

    Aspiring archaeologists work on a find at Ft. Mahan.

    New program encourages aspiring archaeologists to explore history within nearby communities. Read more

  • Youth Programs

    Restoring Connections to Cultural and Natural Resources along the San Juan River

    Project participants prepare for another rewarding work day on the beautiful San Juan River

    Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and partners recently launched a project that engaged Native American youth and adults in natural and cultural stewardship activities along the San Juan River. The project goals were as follows: mentor local Native American youth to become the next generation of land stewards, reconnect Native American youth to their cultural heritage, assist project participants in developing valuable job skills as resource stewards. Read more

  • Blue Ridge Parkway

    Driving Through Time: The Digital Blue Ridge Parkway

    Historic photo from the mid 20th century of cars driving along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

    Call to Action Item # 3 encourages us to “expand the meaning of parks to new audiences and provide an opportunity for communities to learn more about their heritage." In collaboration with the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, the Blue Ridge Parkway has created a digital history collection which focuses on the development of the scenic highway and the effects it has had on the communities and region through which it passes. Read more

  • Guilford Courthouse National Military Park

    Colonial Carnival: A Time for Learning, Crafts and Fun at Guilford Courthouse NMP

    Colonial Carnival at Guilford Courthouse National Military Park

    On Friday, June 22, 2012 NPS staff and volunteers were seen handing out messenger bags, balloons and ice pops to participants of the first Colonial Carnival hosted by Guilford Courthouse National Military Park in Greensboro NC. Read more

  • Risk Management

    Success Stories for NPS Operational Leadership in FY 2012 - Playing it Safe

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    Accomplishing the NPS Mission has become increasingly complex, necessitating a high level of individual and team decision making and coordination. NPS Operational Leadership provides an invitation to all employees to increase their awareness of safety and risk in day-to-day tasks. NPS Operational Leadership is about enhancing our safety culture and coming home safely at the end of the day. Read more

  • Wind Cave National Park

    Archeologists Unveil the Past at Wind Cave National Park

    Visitors to Wind Cave National Park recently had the opportunity to visit an on-going archeology dig at the Sanson Buffalo Jump. Read more

  • Montezuma Castle National Monument

    Summer Junior Ranger Camps Mix History and Nature

    Jr Rangers Campers get a lesson in birding

    Land use has always been a mix of the biological and social sciences. During the 2012 Summer Junior Ranger Camps held at Montezuma Well, Jr Rangers learned about the past cultures which have lived on and utilized this land. That means that the kids did everything from building a pueblo-style wall, just like the pre-historic Sinagua culture, to taking hikes while identifying useful plants! Read more

  • Tuzigoot National Monument

    Military Kids' Podcasts Meld History, Technology and the Great Outdoors

    OMK youth grinds corn before making a digital story

    On a recent Saturday military kids spent the day learning about the Sinaguan culture that lived at Tuzigoot NM. This is a new partnership between the NPS and Arizona Operation: Military Kids-University of Arizona Cooperative Extension. The youth made digital stories sharing their views of the prehistoric site. They came up with amazing videos - in just one day! Watch to see how the life skills these military kids use every day are the same ones the Sinagua used long ago. Read more

  • Park Facility Management

    Green Parks Plan Released on Earth Day, 2012

    Green Parks Plan

    The Green Parks Plan which outlines NPS’s sustainability vision and sets ambitious goals was released in April, 2012. Everyone is encouraged to take action to support this sustainability movement in all aspects of their operations and to be agents of change –drive less, buy less, conserve more, and share best practices. Read more

  • Ocmulgee National Monument

    Building the past for the future

    Children's Program

    A children's program design to teach them how the Mississippian Culture built their homes out of wood and clay. The children made a small scale model of a wattle and daub house. Read more

  • Petroglyph National Monument

    Albuquerque Teens Step It Up

    Teens hiking with a ranger

    Petroglyph partnered with the City of Albuquerque to get local teens up off their chairs and out into their national monument. Several groups of teens hiked throughout Petroglyph, Bandelier, and even to the top of Sandia Peak, the city's highest point at 10,678 ft. above sea level. The funding allowed for the hiring of 3 college students to serve as youth mentors and guides. Overall, each the teens had a positive experience that they'll never forget. Read more

  • Casa Grande Ruins National Monument

    House of Many Stories

    Actors in costumes from the Hohokam era stand in a circle in front of the Superstition Mountains

    House of Many Stories is the title of the new park film at Casa Grande Ruins. It incorporates oral history interviews, historical vignettes, and captivating modern views to tell the story of the Casa Grande in an entirely new manner. Read more

  • Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park

    Park Partners With Local Housing Authority

    Youth from the Brownsville Housing Authority prepare luminarias for the annual Memorial Illumination.

    Palo Alto partners with the Brownsville Housing Authority and introduces a new segment of the city’s population to the park. Read more

  • Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park

    Palo Alto Creates Youth Advisory Board

    Palo Alto Youth Advisors

    In an effort to reach out to teens and young adults in the community surrounding the park, Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park established a Youth Advisory Board in the Spring of 2012. Read more

  • Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park

    Park Seeks The Truth

    Dr. Bruce Winders addresses the crowd.

    Who started the war between the United States and Mexico? Did Antonio López de Santa Anna grant Texas independence? Can Texas secede from the United States? Ask a number of history teachers in Texas and you will get a variety of answers—and not all of them correct. Read more