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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  • Andrew Johnson National Historic Site

    A Civil War Evening

    Lincoln and Johnson

    Chris Small and Daniel Luther portray Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson discussing Tennessee during the Civil War. Read more

  • Andrew Johnson National Historic Site

    Flag Day

    Flag Day

    Flag retirement program Read more

  • San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

    New Master Ranger Docent Program Taps the Talents of 50+ VIPs

    Master Ranger Docent pointing out locations on a map for three visitors at an information counter in the Visitor Center

    Master Ranger Docents call on a lifetime of skills and experiences to teach visitors about the park, reach diverse audiences, and pass along stewardship messages to future generations. Read more

  • Andrew Johnson National Historic Site

    Emancipation Day Celebration


    The Wesley Heights Community Choir presents slave songs and spirituals to the public during an August 8th Emancipation Day celebration. Read more

  • National Call to Action Team

    Jump On Board

    Park Ranger with binoculars

    The National Park Service recognizes that our employees are our most important asset. The navigation tools we provide and the time we spend upfront are critical to helping employees become successful and productive employees. This is why a team of field, region and Washington office-based employees, in partnership with the Center for Park Management, have collaboratively developed and launched a Service-wide New Employee Orientation (NEO) Program in answering Call to Action Read more

  • Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

    23 Years & 15,000 Students: Teaching the Civil War Freedom Story

    living historian talks about the artillery with students

    Today, in 2012, over 15,000 students, teachers, and chaperones have participated in the School House Ridge Program. Harpers Ferry National Historical Park continues to work with Jefferson Country curriculum coordinators and fifth grade teachers to constantly improve this program so that generations of local students can appreciate and engage with their very own Civil War soldier and freedom stories. Read more

  • Southeast Region

    SEAC establishes Teacher-Ranger-Teacher program with local schools

    SEAC TRT Program

    SEAC staff works with Teacher-Ranger-Teachers from local schools to develop curriculum for teacher workshops that will be hosted in FY2013. Read more

  • Heritage Documentation

    Protecting the resource, enhancing the experience

    Pano photo, CAIRO

    Digital technology improves our ability to document and protect fragile historic resources while improving the visitor experience. In the digital fly-through provided via the item link, Heritage Documentation Programs utilized high-definition laser scans originally taken to capture information for formal documentation to the Secretary's Standards and processed them to provide virtual access to areas off-limits to visitors. Read more

  • Southeast Region

    SEAC archeologists help protect water trails by documenting a shipwreck at BISC

    SEAC archeologists help protect water trails by documenting a shipwreck at BISC. This work supports local efforts to make water-based recreation and information about needed protection more accessible to the public. Read more

  • Petroglyph National Monument

    By Youths for Youths

    Petroglyph's 2012 YIP Summer Interns

    Engaging Youth to tell the National Park Service story of all 13 National Parks units within New Mexico. Read more

  • Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve

    Norman Studios Reconnaissance Survey

    Norman Studios

    Norman Studios was a silent movie production house in Jacksonville, Florida during the 1920s specializing in "race films" as they were known at the time. The National Park Service study team conducted a preliminary analysis of Norman Studio's resources in 2010. Read more

  • Morristown National Historical Park


    Newark Public School teachers participate in a pilot teacher workshop.

    This program was part of the Northeast Region's A Park for Every Classroom initative. Read more

  • Heritage Preservation Services

    Historic Tax Credits Spur Sustainable Rehabilitation

    Exterior of McCormick Goodhart Mansion post rehabilitation

    The Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program encourages private sector investment in the rehabilitation and reuse of historic buildings, and is one of the nation's most successful and cost-effective community revitalization programs. One recent rehabilitation project, the McCormick-Goodhart Mansion in Langley Park, Maryland, illustrates how 'green' features are being successfully incorporated in historic rehabilitation projects. Read more

  • Carlsbad Caverns National Park

    Carlsbad Caverns brings United States and Mexico teachers together.

    Carlsbad Caverns brings United States and Mexico teachers together.

    Carlsbad Caverns National Park hosted an international teacher workshop to bring local and Mexico teachers together to learn about the Chihuahuan Desert. Read more

  • National Capital Region

    Kick off Guest Artist Program

    Artist Patricia Cummins puts nature on canvas

    This summer, Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens welcomed two artists to the park. Their works captured the beauty of the diverse aquatic flora found throughout the ponds. Read more

  • Cowpens National Battlefield

    Permanent Employees Attended Operational Leadership Training

    Park employees sit around a table in the administrative office and work on an assignment.

    All Cowpens National Battlefield permanent employees have attended Operational Leadership training empowering them to use critical thinking skills in daily risk management decisions and encourage employees to embrace safety as part of their professional identity. COWP also managed to train a few long-term seasonal employees so they too can implement Operational Leadership principles at Cowpens. Read more

  • Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park

    Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park Reaches New Audiences

    Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park's Official Facebook Page

    Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park completed and submitted its Social Media Strategy to the Southeast Regional Office in January 2012 and immediately began reaching out to new audiences via Facebook. Read more

  • Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park

    Monument Rededication Connects Past to Present

    Plaque Rededication on Missionary Ridge

    On November 21, 2011, a large crowd gathered at Bragg Reservation on Missionary Ridge to formally dedicate the new plaque to the 18th U.S. Infantry. Read more

  • Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park

    Volunteers Help During Civil War Trust Park Day 2012

    2012 Civil War Trust Park Day Volunteers

    Civil War Trust Park Day 2012 was a great success. On Saturday, March 31, 68 volunteers contributed nearly 250 hours on work projects at Chickamauga Battlefield, Moccasin Bend National Archeological District, and Lookout Mountain Battlefield. Read more

  • Rock Creek Park

    Lichens and Trails and Bugs, Oh My

    2012 Rock Creek Park Junior Rangers

    Kids from all over the Washington, DC area came to Rock Creek Park this summer for the wildly successful Junior Ranger Camps. Bugs and black holes were just some of the items that the youth, ages eight through 12, explored in the field or in the only planetarium in the National Park Service. Read more