• Historic buildings and the waterfront in New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

    New Bedford Whaling

    National Historical Park Massachusetts

Getting Ready for 2016

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. New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park is a big part of this effort. Take a look at what we're doing locally and get involved!

 

  • Youth Ambassador Program (YAP!) Teacher's Online Resource Guide

    Cover page of YAP!'s Teacher's Online Resource Guide

    The Youth Ambassador Program (YAP!) is excited to announce our new Teacher’s Resource Guide is now available online. The free resource guide is designed to accompany the Youth Ambassador Program’s debut album, Edutainment Movement. Links are provided to songs, videos, and National Park Service lesson plans that educate students on topics ranging from immigration to sustainability. Read more

  • Youth Leadership Academy Challenges Today's Youth to Become Tomorrow's Leaders

    Youth Leadership Academy sits in a sharing circle on a wooden floor as sunlight streams in.

    The Youth Leadership Academy is a multi-year program for high school students in the Greater New Bedford area. The program focuses on developing leadership skills, preparing students for college and entering the workforce, and building community and national pride by engaging other youth in the celebration of the NPS Centennial in 2016. Read more

  • Finding Freedom? Follow the Lead of the Youth Ambassador Program (YAP!)

    YAP! members with Director Jon Jarvis and YAP! member Soulo in a blue kayak

    YAP! researched the Underground Railroad, wrote lyrics and premiered their new song “North Star” at the Fort Dupont Summer Concert Series in one week! The ambitious experiential schedule included visiting Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument, kayaking in the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, camping at Greenbelt Park, biking at Fort Dupont Park, touring Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, visiting the National Mall, Smithsonian and performing live. Read more

  • Learners to Teachers Climb to the Top in Massachusetts

    Shadows of the Learners to Teachers and the inside of Nauset Light at Cape Cod National Seashore

    Learners to Teachers, an urban youth group with New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park earned second place in the Lowell Youth Summit Media Arts Contest. Their submission of Visual Arts Media is a presentation entitled, In my Backyard, which highlights their summer adventures in Boston, Cape Cod, and the South Coast. Read more

  • Learners to Teachers Welcome Fellow English Language Learners to National Parks

    Learner to Teacher Arelys, wearing her NPS volunteer polo talks with elementary age English language learners.

    Learners to Teachers & New Bedford High School students Keven A, Keven F, Matilde, Arelys, and Jacinta were powerful examples for 54 3rd-5th graders from Hayden McFadden, Winslow and Gomes Elementary Schools. All of the students have one thing in common: they are all English Language Learners. As the Learners to Teachers premiered their capstone project, the film, "Welcome to New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park," Keven F declared: "We made this video for you!" Read more

Did You Know?

Whaling crew in Barrow, Alaska

To commemorate over 2,000 whaling voyages that sailed into the Arctic, New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park established a partnership with the Inupiat Heritage Center located in Barrow, Alaska. More...