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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  • Independence National Historical Park

    Speak Out! Teen Leadership Camp

    Park Ranger with teens and Thomas Jefferson pose for a picture.

    Speak Out! Teen leadership camp is an exciting new collaboration between the Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA "Y Achievers" program and the National Park Service. Held in the park from August 1 through August 5, this program introduced 20 teens to the causes and leaders woven throughout the park’s stories and sites. These stories and site visits served to inspire the teens as they thought about ways to improve their own communities. Read more

  • Marsh - Billings - Rockefeller National Historical Park

    Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP Talks About the Changing Face of the Outdoors

    Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP talks about the changing face of the outdoors

    On August 4, 2016, the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park partnered with the Billings Farm & Museum to screen the 2013 film An American Ascent which documents Expedition Denali, the first African-American expedition to attempt a summit of Denali (formerly Mt. McKinley), North America's highest peak. While the film showcases the mountaineering and adventure, the theme of the film is about shedding light on the complexity of diversity in outdoor recreation. Read more

  • Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

    Rafting, Laughing and Learning

    A group of people stand facing the camera near the edge of a cliff

    O.A.R.S. and the Glen Canyon Natural History Association recently funded a 6-day, 112-mile rafting trip down the Colorado River for 17 students from Page High School (AZ). The trip provided many opportunities for the youth to connect to their national parks through outdoor recreation activities, natural resource education, and contributions to citizen science efforts. Read more

  • Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

    Evaluating Water and Sediment Contamination and Accumulation in Biota

    People in lifejackets on a metal boat marked

    The National Park Service and US Geological Survey work together in researching the different types of contaminants that may arrive at Lake Powell, and how to address them. Being a remote location, it is not known if contaminants are as much of a problem as some other areas. Read more

  • Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park

    Pawtucket Red Sox and Park Rangers!

    3 Park Rangers smiling as they prepare to go run on the baseball field

    On Sunday July 31, the Pawtucket Red Sox (AAA affiliate of the Boston Red Sox) invited the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park to celebrate the National Park Service Centennial at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Baseball has a long connection to the Blackstone Valley story, as many of the mills here sponsored baseball teams in the Industrial League. Read more

  • Lake Mead National Recreation Area

    Lake Mead Rangers Take a Night Out with the Community

    National Night Out

    Park rangers at Lake Mead National Recreation Area held a tamarisk clean-up event July 22 in celebration of Latino Conservation Week. Read more

  • Lake Mead National Recreation Area

    Lake Mead Celebrates Latino Conservation Week

    Latino Conservation Week

    Park rangers at Lake Mead National Recreation Area held a tamarisk clean-up event July 22 in celebration of Latino Conservation Week. Read more

  • Lowell National Historical Park

    Lowell NHP & Mill City Grows partner for Latino Conservation Week.

    Salsa and Sustainability

    Lowell National Historical Park teams up with Mill City Grows for Salsa and Sustainability during Latino Conservation Week. Read more

  • Martin Van Buren National Historic Site

    Access Granted: NPS, Library of Congress, and The Papers of Martin Van Buren

    The Modern Colossus.  A political cartoon from 1848.

    On July 19 just steps away from the 19th-century law office of Martin Van Buren in Hudson, New York, Martin Van Buren NHS hosted a public gathering to explore the way that access to the papers of the 8th President is undergoing revolutionary change at a time when the history of Van Buren’s role in the establishment of the two-party system could not be more relevant. Read more

  • Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve

    Helping Jacksonville Kids Grow

    cotton plant in foreground with ranger speaking to kids behind the green plants

    In an effort to reach out to the community and respond to local needs the Timucuan Preserve has developed a relationship with Sustainable Springfield, a local non-profit. Read more

  • Cape Cod National Seashore

    Every Kid in Park Youth Climate Change Program at Cape Cod National Seashore

    Several students kneel in a grassy marsh with a wooden measuring stick.

    May 17-19, 2016. A three day youth climate change program at Cape Cod National Seashore ended with 97 students energized and inspired to return to their homes, schools, and communities to take action to reduce their carbon footprints and educate others to do the same. Read more

  • Sagamore Hill National Historic Site

    Shuttling to Sagamore Hill

    Visitors walk along the path near the free weekend shuttle to Sagamore Hill. NPS/Clayton Hanson

    This summer, Sagamore Hill National Historic Site is partnering with local community organizations to provide a free shuttle connecting people to parks. On weekends from mid-June until Labor Day, vans are traveling to and from Theodore Roosevelt's home on Long Island, nearby Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) stations, and downtown Oyster Bay. This service is made possible through the generous support of the Life Enrichment Center and The WaterFront Center, both in Oyster Bay. Read more

  • Fire Island National Seashore

    Fire Island Shares Park Science at 10th Biennial Science Conference

    Audience watches presentation at science conference.

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  • Sagamore Hill National Historic Site

    Sagamore Hill Hosts "Music to Celebrate 100 Years"

    Young musicians singing

    On Sunday, June 26th , Sagamore Hill National Historic Site hosted the free concert “Music to Celebrate 100 Years,” as part of the fifth annual Oyster Bay Music Festival and in celebration of the National Park Service Centennial. Read more

  • New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

    Hokule'a Visited New Bedford & We Loved It!

    Hokule'a voyaging canoe preparing to dock in New Bedford.

    On July 5 - 8 at Coast Guard Park, south side of State Pier, visitors had the opportunity to meet the crew and view a traditional Hawaiian double-hulled voyage canoe, Hokule'a, as it made a historic visit to New Bedford. Read more

  • Roger Williams National Memorial

    Wayside Signs Revealed at Roger Williams National Memorial

    Rangers standing next to brand new wayside at the park

    After a process of more than two years, Roger Williams National Memorial has installed 10 new waysides, providing a clear and insightful look into Roger Williams and his ideas of liberty of conscience and religious freedom for the visiting public. Read more

  • Cape Cod National Seashore

    Cape Cod NS - Spreading Wings at Highlands Fest

    AmeriCorps members painting the bird migration mural

    On June 25, 2016 Cape Cod National Seashore hosted their 11th annual Highlands Fest at the former North Truro Air Force Station. This year’s “Spreading Wings” theme was inspired by the Highlands Center’s location atop dramatic sea cliffs and vital stop for birds traveling the Atlantic Flyway. Read more

  • Craters Of The Moon National Monument & Preserve

    Art on the Rocks - Centennial Edition

    painting

    Staff at Craters of the Moon have partnered with the Sun Valley Center for the Arts to provide a special art exhibit in two places. Specially commissioned sculptures are on display at the park and a multi-artist show is on display at the Sun Valley Center. Read more

  • Gateway National Recreation Area

    Celebrating the International Migratory Bird Act with Citizen Science

    (L-R, clockwise from top left) Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge, Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Fire Island National Seashore, and Sandy Hook, NJ.

    Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the International Migratory Bird Act, four schools from New York City, Long Island and New Jersey, participated in our first citizen science bird behavior study: "Day in the life of our feathered friends." Read more

  • Fire Island National Seashore

    Fire Island National Seashore Responds to Non-Native Forest Pest

    A sawyer wearing protective equipment fells a pine tree.

    The National Park Service implemented suppression efforts in 2015 and 2016 to protect maritime forests throughout Fire Island National Seashore from infestations of the southern pine beetle, a non-native forest pest. Read more

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