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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  • Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site

    Immersion Education Initiative Launched Project Centered on Bent's Old Fort NHS

    Students busy at work gathering measurements for their project

    Students from local high schools are developing computer generated Bent's Forts. Read more

  • Gulf Islands National Seashore

    Gulf Islands National Seashore Hosts Outside Science (inside parks) Film Crew

    A member of the film crew records footage on the beach

    Gulf Islands National Seashore was proud to host the Outside Science (inside parks) film crew in July 2015. Read more

  • Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park

    Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park Starts Instagram Page

    Screenshot of the Chickamauga Instagram page

    In the summer of 2015, Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park began reaching new audiences through Instagram. Read more

  • Lake Mead National Recreation Area

    Lake Mead National Recreation Area Launches Virtual Museum

    Lake Mead National Recreation Area Virtual Museum

    October marks the anniversary of the signing of the National Historic Preservation Act, and Lake Mead National Recreation Area is celebrating with the launch of its new Virtual Museum. Read more

  • Fort Stanwix National Monument

    Fort Stanwix Features 18th century Books in New Digital Exhibit

    Yellowed and stained book covers of the ledgers shows scripted handwriting from the 18th century.

    In 2009, descendants of Barent and Myndert Roseboom donated their ledgers to honor the memory of Donald G. Hinman, who preserved the books in an effort to save his family’s history. During the past five years, VIP George Walters has studied the 250 year old handwriting of the two traders who passed through Fort Stanwix during the French and Indian War. Their writing and his transcriptions are now available to the public in an online exhibit titled “The Roseboom Ledgers.” Read more

  • Yellowstone National Park

    Distance Learning Studio

    Aranger waves to a mounted iPad in front of a Yellowstone backdrop.

    With a helping hand from new technology, rangers meet with students and teachers all over the world to share Yellowstone's ecology, hydrogeology, and history. Read more

  • Yellowstone National Park

    @YellowstoneNPS Social Media

    A group of Park Rangers stand in a circle with thumbs up.

    The use of social media has increased more than any other communication medium in the last eight years. Since 2012, Yellowstone has determined to be a part of the critical conversations in this new realm. Read more

  • Pony Express National Historic Trail

    Follow Three National Historic Trails in Utah Using a New Smartphone Mobile App

    Flowers in grass in foreground looking down at a winding road with hills in background.

    National Trails Intermountain Region has released a new smartphone mobile application. This innovative technology allows visitors to follow the California, Mormon Pioneer, and Pony Express national historic trails at their convenience using their own custom pocket guide. Read more

  • Gettysburg National Military Park

    Gettysburg Winter Lecture series

    Gettysburg Winter Lecture series

    Gettysburg interpretive staff created another very successful winter lecture series on Saturday and Sunday afternoons throughout January, February and March. Read more

  • Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park

    Chesapeake and Ohio Canal from your phone, computer, tablet......

    Logos of National Park Service and Canal Discoveries Program

    During 2012, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park began transforming the park's digital presence by revamping the nps.gov/choh website, improving content and usability, as well as utilizing multiple social media platforms to share information and connect with park visitors. Read more

  • Fort Necessity National Battlefield

    Students Can Now Learn About Young George Washington

    Park Ranger with video conferencing equipment

    Fort Necessity is now offering students an opportunity to learn about young George Washington through distance learning. Washington’s education was not in the university classroom. Instead he learned his lessons in the wilderness camps and frontier battlefields of the French and Indian War. Now any schools with video conferencing equipment can connect with the park to have the students learn about young Washington through interacting with the park ranger. Read more

  • Minute Man National Historical Park

    A minute man visits Iowa.

    Jim Hollister talks to students in Iowa from at the North Bridge Visitor Center in Concord, MA.

    Minute Man National Historical Park utilizes distance learning to tell the story of '75 to students in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Read more

  • Gettysburg National Military Park

    GETT’S “From the Fields of Gettysburg” Blog has a Record Year

    From the Fields of Gettysburg

    Gettysburg's “From the Fields of Gettysburg” Blog has a record year in 2014! Read more

  • Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park

    America’s Classroom: Bringing Your National Park to Students Nationwide

    Screen shot of Community at War website

    Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park has launched a dynamic new web-based curriculum utilizing a variety of media to engage students with the diverse history of the Civil War. Read more

  • Lowell National Historical Park

    "Re-Inventing America: Lowell and the Industrial Revolution" website launched.

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    The Tsongas Industrial History Center (TIHC) launched a new web feature whose development was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities for educators everywhere. Read more

  • Catoctin Mountain Park

    Bringing Catoctin Mountain Park to Your Home and/or Mobile Device

    Catoctin Mountain Park's Social Media on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and YouTube

    Catoctin Mountain Park (CATO) is outreaching to visitors worldwide expanding its social media presence through Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and YouTube. The type of material posted includes interpretive material about the park's natural and cultural resources, program and event announcements, news releases, safety tips, alerts about facility closures, historic milestones, and much more. Read more

  • Catoctin Mountain Park

    Catoctin Mountain Junior Web Ranger

    Catoctin Mountain Junior Web Ranger at http://www.nps.gov/cato/forkids/jrwebranger.htm

    Using interactive activities, Catoctin Mountain Park outreaches to "virtual visitors" worldwide through the Catoctin Mountain Junior Web Ranger program at http://www.nps.gov/cato/forkids/jrwebranger.htm. This program has the potential to reach new audiences. Many of these users may never actually visit the park, but they can discover what makes Catoctin Mountain Park a unique place and develop an understanding and appreciation of the park and the National Park Service. Read more

  • New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

    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

  • Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve

    Skype a Ranger

    park ranger on screen

    Video chat applications such as Skype and Facetime bring rangers into classrooms for programs, virtual tours, and/or questions and answer sessions. Read more

  • Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

    Why They "Like" Us

    HAVO Facebook page

    Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park’s Facebook page reaches a diverse community of more than 35,000 “virtual visitors.” In early 2014, the park formed a multi-disciplinary social media team so content would continue to be fresh and informative, and as diverse as our Facebook ‘ohana (family). Our goal was to put the “social” into our social media strategy, by letting each program have a voice on what they feel is important for visitors to know about the park. Read more

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