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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  • Denali National Park & Preserve

    From the Top of North America to Your Classroom

    children reacting with excitement

    Every winter, Denali education rangers teleport themselves into 1st through 6th grade classrooms across the United States to present fun, standards-based science lessons on sled dog adaptations and the geology of Mt. McKinley. The educators reach thousands of students in dozens of states per year. Read more

  • Big Bend National Park

    Tasting the Difference

    Chisos Basin Convenience Store

    Healty foods make for happy visitors! Big Bend National Park and the park's concessionaire, Forever Resorts, have collaborated to offer healthier menu choices in the park’s restaurant and more variety of healthy food products in the park's convenience stores. Read more

  • Big Bend National Park

    Parks and Partners - Hand in Hand

    Learning About Tracks

    The Division of Interpretation, in close cooperation with regional partners, has made several notable accomplishments this year. Read more

  • Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor

    A Public Private Partnership Provides New Opportunities for NY Students

    Three students look on intently as a supervisor helps them perform archaeology under a white tent.

    Two important grants awarded to the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor have provided access to historic and cultural sites for over 1300 students across New York State and provided new web-based tools to help teachers bring the stories of those sites into the classroom. Read more

  • Learning and Development

    Peer to Peer Network Grows

    Associate Director, David Vela, speaks to New Superintendent's Academy

    Twenty-five additional new Superintendents have graduated! The New Superintendent's Academy is a developmental opportunity for first-time superintendents. The program now has 89 total graduates. Read more

  • Colorado National Monument

    Breaking Barriers: Bringing Students to Colorado National Monument

    Yellow school buses full of students were rolling into Colorado National Monument all spring and fall. Within the past year 82 buses from Mesa County Valley School District received transportation scholarships funded by grants from the National Park Foundation and the local Grand Junction Junior Service League. Over 3,700 students were able to attend ranger-guided field trips to learn first-hand about weathering and erosion, fossils, animal adaptations, and more. Read more

  • Colorado National Monument

    COLM adopts a local 2nd grade class at Dual Immersion Academy(DIA) to meet goal #15.

    DIA 2nd Graders hiking down the historic Serpents Trail in Colorado National Monument.

    The park embarked on the first year of this four-year project by adopting the 2nd graders at the Dual Immersion Academy (DIA) as their graduating class. The fifty students involved in the program will visit the park four times a year and participate in Ranger-led classroom activities each month for the next four years. As fifth graders, they will “graduate” during the NPS centennial year in 2016. Read more

  • Assateague Island National Seashore

    Wading Into the Past

    A shipwreck exposed in the surf after a storm.

    People have long relied on Assateague Island for survival, livelihood, community, and enjoyment. Those who have spent time on and around the island have changed it and been changed by it. Read more

  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park

    Strong Families Strong Parks!

    Students enjoy train ride in the park.

    Families who visit parks have an opportunity to share experiences, build memories, and have fun. Cuyahoga Valley National Park piloted a new program with this concept in mind. Read more

  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park

    Cuyahoga Valley National Park Responds to Director’s Call with a Progressive Schedule

    LED lights are replacing compact fluorescent bulbs.

    Cuyahoga Valley National Park has seen great success in a progressive schedule of green improvements since the revitalization of the Green Team in 2012. Read more

  • Cultural Resources, Partnerships, and Science Directorate

    Oral History Training Session Held at Mather Training Center

    Members of Oral History Course Interview Retired Superintendent

    NPS Park History Program and the Mather Training Center sponsored a week-long "Effective Oral History: Interviews, Project Management and Practical Applications" in September 2012. Twenty-one participants from NPS units around the nation attended this course and developed new oral history skills. Read more

  • Denver Service Center

    The NPS Rolls Out New National Water Trails System Website

    A snapshot of the new NWTS website

    The Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program and the Denver Service Center are continuing work on Call to Action item #12: Follow the Flow by partnering to develop the new website, which will improve communication with current and potential water trail managers and with recreational trail users. Read more

  • Cane River Creole National Historical Park

    Rangers and Students participate in the Great Backyard Birdcount

    Rangers and Students from Cloutierville School

    Staff and students count birds for a good cause. Read more

  • Craters Of The Moon National Monument & Preserve

    Art on the Rocks

    artist in the field

    Our second artist-in-residence just completed a stay at Craters of the Moon. Read more

  • Gulf Islands National Seashore

    Light Up Discovery Events

    Candlelight Tour of Fort Barrancas

    Civil War Soldier in Candlelight Tour Read more

  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park

    Healthy Parks Healthy People program launch

    Healthy Parks Healthy People program launch

    Healthy Parks Healthy People program launch Read more

  • Petrified Forest National Park

    Carpool Saves Thousands of Miles and Gallons of Gas

    PEFO carpool riders arriving at work.

    Petrified Forest National Park employees are "going green" by participating in a successful carpooling program. Read more

  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park

    Engage youth through Park Stewards program

    Engage youth through Park Stewards program

    Engage youth through Park Stewards program Read more

  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park

    Being Engaged with Youth through Service-Learning and Volunteerism

    Youth Service Learning

    Being Engaged with Youth through Service-Learning and Volunteerism Read more

  • Schuylkill River Valley National Heritage Area

    Building Local Pride with Free Bicycles at the Schuylkill River NHA

    High school students bicycle along a beautiful paved trail along the Schuylkill River.

    Through a unique partnership with local bike shops and non-profits, the Schuylkill River NHA has made 55 bicycles available for free rental in three historic Main Street communities. Used by residents and tourists, regular cyclists and first-timers, the bicycles continue to get people active and foster local pride, including among regional high school students in a special Youth Heritage Treks program. Read more

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