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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  • Glacier National Park

    Crown of the Continent

    map of the crown of the continent

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  • Glacier National Park

    Expand Opportunities for Students to Directly Experience National Parks

    Ranger Bill Schustrum playing

    Glacier provides transportation support for 100,000 students each year to visit national parks through collaboration with the National Park Foundation and other park fundraising partners. Read more

  • Glacier National Park

    Reaching Visitors Through Poetry and Art

    Image from new wayside exhibit of an owl about to pounce on prey

    Glacier replaces outdated interpretive panels with new exhibits featuring original artwork and poetry. Read more

  • Glacier National Park

    Create Deep Connections Between a Younger Generation and Parks

    Education intern speaking with park visitors

    Education interns get on-the-job-experience working with local school groups. Read more

  • Aztec Ruins National Monument

    Dedicated Recycling Committee Encourages Big Changes

    Recycling committee members in front of the old trading post storage building

    Aztec Ruins National Monument has made an effort to be a community example for sustainable practices. A new employee recycling committee increases awareness among the staff and hauls dozens of different materials to various recycling centers. Major annual event such as Earth Day and America Recycles Day encourage local families to reduce their impact on the environment. Read more

  • Saguaro National Park

    Saguaro National Park Tourism Creates $21.9 Million in Local Economic Benefit

    View of saguaro cactus in Saguaro National Park

    A new National Park Service (NPS) report for 2011 shows that the 610,045 visitors to Saguaro National Park spent $21.9 million in communities surrounding the park. This spending supported 294 jobs in the local area. Read more

  • Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park

    Parks to People

    Distance Learning session in progress

    Palo Alto is using Distance Learning to connect visitors to the park to other NPS site across the country. Read more

  • Fossil Butte National Monument

    Twenty-two Year Old Fossil Exhibits Updated for 40th Anniversary Celebration

    fossilized juvenile fish exhibit

    Five 22-year old exhibits at Fossil Butte National Monument were updated in October 2013. Content was revised by monument staff with attention to professional look and quality. The update corrected several scientific inaccuracies, added 54 fossils to the exhibits and introduced interpretive themes that were previously lacking including fry and fingerlings, traces fossils and predator-prey, to name a few. Read more

  • Saguaro National Park

    BioBlitz 2011

    Rocky Mountain Acting Superintendent accepting the Bioblitz flag from Saguaro Superintendent and a represenative from National Geographic

    On October 21-22, 2011, Saguaro National Park became the fifth park to host the annual BioBlitz. Starting in 2006 and continuing until the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016, the National Geographic Society and the National Park Service are sponsoring ten annual BioBlitzes, each a 24-hour scientific inventory and celebration of the diversity of life in a selected premier national park. These events are designed to make connections between parks, science, a Read more

  • Fossil Butte National Monument

    Students Discover Southwest Wyoming's "Aquarium in Stone"

    2nd grade students learn about fossilized fish from Ranger John

    Two hundred and five pre-school, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth and eighth grade students participated in several activities during fall field trips to Fossil Butte National Monument, and fifty two second grade students were visited in their classrooms. The fossilization game, fossil relay, fossil preparation demonstrations and ranger led tours and hikes introduced these students to the amazing fossil story told here. Read more

  • Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park

    Let's Move Junior Ranger

    Let's Move! logo

    Palo Alto's Junior Ranger Adventure gets kids up and outside. Read more

  • Saguaro National Park

    Reduce, Reuse and REFILL

    Reusable water bottle

    Saguaro National Park joined a growing number of parks and universities no longer using vending machines to sell disposable bottled water or soda on site. Read more

  • Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park

    Flat Ranger: Exploring National Parks

    Student working on a Flat Ranger

    Connecting South Texas youth to the NPS through the Flat Ranger program. Read more

  • Saguaro National Park

    Healthy Awards Program

    Holistic wellness components of the Healthy Awards Program

    Saguaro National Park has implemented a self-motivation based Healthy Awards incentive program to help employees improve their health and wellness, which may ultimately save lives as well as reduce costs. Read more

  • Saguaro National Park

    Student Scholars in Action at the Saguaro National Park BioBlitz

    Jason Schaller, entomology scholar at the University of Arizona, with Saguaro intern Yesenia Gamez and park ranger Katie Hooper

    The Western National Parks Association supported scholarships for four graduate student projects as part of the 2011 BioBlitz at Saguaro National Park. Read more

  • Saguaro National Park

    Wildlife Cameras at Saguaro National Park

    Photo of mountain lion and cubs by wildlife camera, Saguaro National Park

    Saguaro National Park has teamed up with the Friends of Saguaro National Park to create a website of literally thousands of wildlife photographs from the park taken during a recent wildlife camera study. Read more

  • Saguaro National Park

    Preserving Rare Desert Waters in Saguaro National Park

    Photo of Rincon Creek

    Saguaro National Park is engaged in a long-term partnership to better understand, monitor, and protect the park’s rare desert waters, which include intermittent streams, perennial springs and stream pools known locally as tinajas. Read more

  • Aztec Ruins National Monument

    After 90 Years, Monument has its own Video

    Aerial photo of West Ruin

    For the last 30 years Aztec Ruins has shown a general ancestral Pueblo video (without any specific mention of Aztec Ruins) to its visitors. On the park's 90th birthday as a national monument, staff and visitors celebrated the release of a brand-new, Aztec Ruins-centered orientation film. It describes the site through the voices who know it best, the modern Pueblo people and Southwest archeologists. Read more

  • Aztec Ruins National Monument

    Digital Archaeological Record Puts Thousands of Photos Online

    Volunteer uploading photos to the Digital Archaeological Record (tDAR)

    Through grant funding, staff and volunteers at Aztec Ruins uploaded thousands of photos into the Digital Archaeological Record (tDAR). This project helps the park meet the challenges of storing digital archives and making the information available to the public. Many of the photos show artifacts and architectural features that are otherwise inaccessible to the public. Read more

  • Aztec Ruins National Monument

    New Partnership Trail Makes Getting to Aztec Ruins a Walk in the Park

    Children in river at approximate location of new pedestrian bridge

    Aztec Ruins and the City of Aztec are working together to provide better access to the park for local residents. A new pedestrian and bicycle trail will run from the city's historic downtown into the monument. The trail project includes interpretive waysides and a new pedestrian bridge across the Animas River. Read more

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