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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  • 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

  • Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve

    Glacier Bay Visits Texas...and 20 other states!

    Ranger Emma shares Glacier Bay with Texas...and 20 other states

    Glacier Bay National Park takes Alaska "on the road" with our engaging distance learning classes. Read more

  • Fort Necessity National Battlefield

    Teachers, Look What We Have For You!

    Children on a school field trip inside Fort Necessity

    Using the new National Park Service education portal website teachers can view what Fort Necessity has to offer. Posted on the website are 25 lesson plans, 5 field trips, a WebRangers program and teacher development opportunities. Read more

  • Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site

    Social Media Gives Park Global Reach

    The Park Facebook Page Cross the 1,000 Follower Mark

    In 2013 rangers launched a content-creation campaign on Facebook featuring daily photos, historical factoids and interactive activities to bolster public awareness and appreciation of the site. By the end of the 2013 season the new content had increased social media followers by 49% to over 1,000 followers and served an average of 504 people per day with new information about the iron works. Read more

  • Valley Forge National Historical Park

    1781 Students Participate in "George to George" Video Conference

    Two educators stand together dressed as General Washington and a Continental Soldier

    In honor of Presidents Day Valley Forge NHP partnered with the George Bush Presidential Library to co-host the interactive video conference, “George to George: Presidential Leadership.” Read more

  • Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail

    Digital Map Connects Communities to History

    Announcing AnzaHistoricTrail.org

    The Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail and the Anza Trail Foundation have partnered on an interactive tool to explore the Anza Trail. Read more

  • Minuteman Missile National Historic Site

    Technologically Speaking

    Minuteman Missile NHS uses the official website and social media to make learning about the Cold War exciting and interactive.

    Minuteman Missile NHS uses the official website and social media to make learning about the Cold War exciting and interactive for students and teachers. Read more

  • Thomas Stone National Historic Site

    Uncovering the Past at Thomas Stone NHS

    Park Interns Caroline Davis and Kaylah Rodriguez with the 1860 Stone Family Census Record

    Making accessible archives online and learning about our shared history in the process. Read more

  • George Washington Birthplace National Monument

    Incorporating Technology to Teach about George Washington and Colonial America

    Exploring the touch screen Ipad exhibit

    Visitors can now experience blacksmithing, weaving, and open-hearth cooking even when volunteers and staff are not present to actually perform these activities. How you may ask? Read more

  • Marsh - Billings - Rockefeller National Historical Park

    Vermont Atlas of Life Field Day

    Photographing moths at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP

    Dozens of naturalists converged on Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park to learn how citizen scientists can participate in the Vermont Atlas of Life project at iNaturalist.org. Walks focusing on birds, bees, plants, and moths allowed naturalists of all ages to learn more about these organisms. Participants submitted photographs online as part of the park’s citizen scientist database. Perhaps more importantly, they learned about natural history and how they can Read more

  • New England National Scenic Trail

    Poetry Illuminates the New England Trail

    Sculptor Christopher Frost on the New England Trail

    Hikers on the New England National Scenic Trail (NET) may discover something unexpectedly glowing. The Hespera Stones, a temporary sculpture inscribed with poetry from Emily Dickinson, quietly greets visitors as they explore the NET along the Mt. Holyoke Range in Skinner State Park in Hadley, Massachusetts. As artist Christopher Frost describes in the accompanying video, these softly glowing stones combine green technology and sculpture. Read more

  • Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve

    Kingsley Plantation Audio Tour

    audio tour

    The Timucuan Preserve introduced a new multimedia interpretive tour in May of 2013. Read more

  • Governors Island National Monument

    A Building Comes Tumbling Down and Memories Come Tumbling Forth...

    Top row: Building 877 in 2004 and 2013 demolition. Bottom row: Buildings 844, 855 & 866.

    The demolition of a modern, but obsolete military apartment building near the Govenrors Island National Monument prompts a rush of memories for those who called it home. Read more

  • Craters Of The Moon National Monument & Preserve

    Wildflowers at Craters of the Moon: There's an app for that!

    Wildflower app opening screen

    Just in time for the peak of our wildflower season, a new expanded version of our FREE Craters of the Moon Wildflower Guide app is now available for all your Apple or Android mobile devices. Read more