• 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!


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  • Next Generation of Park Stewards Recognized

    A stroll down Water Street in 1851

    The Junior Ranger Service Corps of the New Bedford National Historical Park received the National Park Service, Northeast Region George and Helen Hartzog Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service, Youth Group Category. Read more

  • 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

Did You Know?

Crew members at sea

By the 1840s, black sailors constituted about one-sixth of the labor force; and by 1900, West Indians, Azoreans, and Cape Verdeans had become a majority.