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

    A Pathway to Discovery and Employment at Cowpens National Battlefield

    YCC Program at Cowpens National Battlefield

    On Tuesday July 17th 2012, six local youth and two adults working with the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program at Cowpens National Battlefield took a 4-day “spike trip” to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This trip was the capstone of their 8-week work experience. Prior to working in the YCC, most of these students had never visited Great Smoky Mountains National Park or the 3 additional NPS sites where they completed conservation work. Read more

  • Lewis and Clark National Historical Park

    Resume Ready! Lewis and Clark youth take first "step" on federal employment pathway

    Youth employees at Lewis and Clark NHP spend their summers building trails, restoring habitat and working in interpretation.

    Park staff use fictional background from rambunctious cartoon character Bart Simpson to introduce teens to federal resume writing. Plans call for taking the workshop into schools, and on the road to Pacific Northwest urban centers. Read more

  • Youth Programs

    Park Guide Antoine Fletcher Brings Stars to Alabama

    Antoine Fletcher setting up one of the 12 telescopes used during the star party

    Antoine Fletcher hosted the first star party ever held at a National Park site in Alabama on June 23, 2012. 150 star gazing enthusiasts and people new to the hobby joined Antoine and his partners from the Barnard Astrological Society at Russell Cave National Monument as they introduced visitors the cosmology of the Native American people who called this area home. Read more

  • Youth Programs

    Curatorial Internship

    NATC Utilizes Student Workers for Park Archives

    Natchez National Historical Park Curator Cheryl Munyer worked with (Student Temporary Employment Program) STEP student Ava Hill to process a portion of the park’s photo archives. The students processed approximately 4.5 linear feet of images relating to the park. Read more

  • Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens

    Park kicks off Guest Artist Program

    KEAQ, Lily Festival, Arts Afire

    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

  • Saguaro National Park

    Youth Internship Program for Wilderness Stewardship at Saguaro National Park

    Two youth interns and a volunteer measuring a saguaro

    Youth interns work, hike, and help study the changing desert southwest while pursuing a career pathway with the National Park Service. Read more

  • Saguaro National Park

    Connecting high school students to park through service learning

    High school student volunteers photograph wildlife tracks

    Youth interns work, hike, and help study the changing desert southwest while pursuing a career pathway with the National Park Service. Read more

  • Montezuma Castle National Monument

    Founders Day Art is Afire!

    Sketching in front of Montezuma Castle

    In celebration of Founder’s Day 2012 we held a youth-centered art event. Art played a major role in the creation of National Parks by bringing the beauty and splendor of our nation’s landscapes to the attention of Congress and the public. To honor the impact of art in the history of the National Park Service we invited children of all ages to come out and get creative by painting, drawing, and illustrating their vision of our parks on paper. Read more

  • Women's Rights National Historical Park

    Women's Rights NHP uses art to help visitors examine park resources in a new light

    Women's Rights National Historical Park, Arts Afire!

    The National Park Service’s Call to Action initiative: ARTS AFIRE! asks that we showcase the meaning of parks to new audiences through dance, music, visual arts, writing, and social media. Women’s Rights National Historical Park brought attention to the cultural resources that document and evoke the origins of the nation’s women’s rights movement with three separate month-long ARTS AFIRE! programs. Read more

  • 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


    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