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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  • Cane River Creole National Historical Park

    Kids Make Guitars on Junior Ranger Day

    Julia Ferrell

    Roots music is still alive at Oakland Plantation! Read more

  • Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve

    Timucuan Internship Program

    American Beach

    Internships foster stewardship across diverse populations. Read more

  • Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve

    Theodore Roosevelt Area Wayside Exhibits

    TRA exhibit

    New wayside exhibits guide visitors through the Theodore Roosevelt Area. Read more

  • Chesapeake Bay

    NPS Chesapeake Bay Office and its Tourism Training Program

    Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and NPS Chesapeake Bay Superintendent Chuck Hunt

    The NPS Chesapeake Bay Office was awarded a $90,000 grant to develop a training program for interpretive guides and front-line staff along the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail. Read more

  • Rocky Mountain National Park

    Progress and Promise - Nitrogen Deposition Reduction in Rocky Mountain National Park

    Photo showing the dramatic view of the Never Summer Mountains from Gore Ranger Overlook in Rocky Mountain National Park.

    Atmospheric nitrogen deposition in Rocky Mountain National Park is about 15 times greater than the natural background deposition rate. High elevation ecosystems in the park are especially susceptible to excess nitrogen due to their adaptation to low nitrogen conditions. A collaborative plan is showing progress and promise in addressing excess nitrogen deposition which will lessen ecological impacts, regional haze, and ground-level ozone. Read more

  • Independence National Historical Park

    Benjamin Franklin Museum Re-Opened in Independence National Historical Park

    Benjamin Franklin Museum exhibit panel featuring Franklin's image in the foreground; museum in the background.

    Independence National Historical Park reopened the Benjamin Franklin Museum on August 24, 2013, after a two year renovation. Located in the internationally acclaimed Franklin Court, the museum focuses on Franklin's character traits, and how his ideas are still relevant today. Read more

  • Independence National Historical Park

    Park and Students Team Up for Second Year of Project Write

    A group of teens sing on Independence Square, with one girl holding papers above her head while another holds a poster with the words

    Highlights of the second year of Project Write summer camp for teens included a "flash mob" style reading of the Declaration of Independence on Independence Square, and a pizza lunch with acclaimed teen lit author Kekla Magoon. A partnership between the park and the Philadelphia Writing Project, this writing enrichment camp engages students with place-based experiences and an opportunity to share out through blogging, tweeting and photography. Read more

  • Independence National Historical Park

    Independence Visitor Center Reduces Carbon Footprint

    Exterior of Independence Visitor Center, a brick building prominently displaying the words

    Independence National Historical Park and the Independence Visitor Center Corporation teamed up to reduce the carbon footprint at the Independence Visitor Center. Through an improved Building Automation System, redistribution fans, and a cogeneration plant, the park and its partner are working toward certification of the Independence Visitor Center as a Energy Star rated and LEED certified building. Read more

  • Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine

    Park Partners learn new job skills, and help the park

    Project SERVE employees learning a new job skill at Fort McHenry

    Disadvantaged young adults from Baltimore learn new job skills and help park staff acheive their mission goals. It's a win-win. Read more

  • Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site

    Students Live the Life of the Frontier Trading Post

    Students assist with the skinning of a deer.

    High school students assist with the skinning of a deer as part of their living history experience. The students worked 2 days, with 1840s instruction, living the life of a craftsman, trader, domestic or trapper-hunter. Read more

  • Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site

    High School JV Runners Tackle a Part of the Santa Fe Trail

    Runners take off in view of Bent's Fort

    Runners from the local area's high and junior high schools run the hiking trail near Bent's Fort. A quicken pulse came about when they came upon a Bull snake during the race. Read more

  • Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site

    Bicyclists Travel Back in Time

    Bicyclists enjoy their stop at Bent's Fort

    The Pedal the Plains Bike Tour, sponsored by the Denver Post, included Bent's Fort as a stop along their route. True to the spirit of the 1840's Santa Fe Trail travelers, the bicyclists relaxed and enjoyed a shaded place to rest. Read more

  • Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site

    Southeast Colorado Parks Host Youth Summit

    Students learn 1840s history of a fur trade post

    Middle and High School students learn by doing 1840s work at Bent's Old Fort NHS, a 19th century fur trading post, and exploring nearby areas. Students took part in living history adobe work, trap setting and trade with sign language. Read more

  • Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site

    Monarch Tagging at Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site

    Student tagging a monarch butterfly

    Students spent the day tagging Monarch Butterflies as part of the Monarch Watch Program. The watch helps scientists determine the migration pattern. Read more

  • Mammoth Cave National Park

    People go batty for Bat Night

    Visitors view bats in Mammoth Cave vestibule.

    How do bat researchers learn about the small mysterious creatures of the night? With cool, geeky bat monitoring equipment, like night-vision goggles and acoustic recorders, of course. How do you take the mystery out of bats? By inviting people to be bat geeks on International Bat Night at Mammoth Cave National Park. Read more

  • Rangers Partner with Community Commercial Tour Guides

    Learning about the Mauna Ulu eruption

    More than 500 commercial tour guides representing 160 companies on Hawai‘i Island have completed training seminars in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, and have a deeper understanding of the biology, geology, and Hawaiian cultural connection of the park to share with their guests. Read more

  • New England National Scenic Trail

    Conserving Lands along the New England National Scenic Trail

    Connecticut River Oxbow from the Mount Holyoke Range

    The Massachusetts Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs recently awarded a $1.5M Landscape Partnership grant to protect nearly 1200 acres on the iconic Mount Holyoke Range which includes the New England Trail. This land protection initiative, which targets lands identified by the Nature Conservancy for climate change resilience, will be led by the Kestrel Land Trust and local communities along the New England Trail. Read more

  • Blue Ridge Parkway

    My Mountain Home

    Mountain cabin on Blue Ridge Parkway

    Local elementary students were invited to visit the Blue Ridge Parkway’s 1890s era Humpback Rocks Mountain Farm last fall to learn about and compare life a century ago with life today. Read more

  • Craters Of The Moon National Monument & Preserve

    Snowshoeing on the Moon

    students snowshoeing

    Over 1100 students visited Craters of the Moon for an unforgettable educational experience this winter. Read more

  • Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site

    Youth Council Provides Feedback to Site

    Ranger Joan Wilson speaks with members of the Youth Leadership Advisory Council.

    Park Ranger Joan Wilson has taken the lead in engaging Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site's first Youth Leadership Advisory Council (YLAC). The council, made up of local high school students, is actively engaged in helping the park chart out a course to success in reaching new audiences. Read more

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