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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  • Denali National Park & Preserve

    Alaskan Students Spend a Week Job-Shadowing in Denali

    Students use a radio antenna to search for a wolf collar with a park ranger

    In September 2015, Denali National Park and Preserve offered local teens a behind-the-scenes tour of their own backyard. During the Intensives program, 50 8th and 9th grade students from Susitna Valley High School spent three days exploring why Denali is so special. The students shadowed many types of rangers, and in doing so, experienced first-hand the challenges of managing this spectacular and complex place. Read more

  • Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program

    America's Best Idea Grant Empowers Youth at San Antonio Missions NHP

    Students pose near the San Antonio Missions Park historic building after a ride on the newly developed San Antonio River Bike Trail

    Farming, riding bikes, using GPS, and managing rivers are things every urban high school senior should know about, right? Over 500 12th graders in San Antonio, Texas, would say so, thanks to the opportunities they’ve had to get familiar with the ecology and history of their city. Read more

  • Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program

    Paddle Trail Improvements on the Green Bayou in Houston

    Two young ladies paddle down Greens Bayou, in Houston, TX to help inaugurates its first canoe-kayak launch

    In spring 2013, the Greens Bayou Corridor Coalition opened its first improved canoe-kayak launch site on the proposed 28-mile Greens Bayou Paddle Trail in Houston. The Thomas Bell Foster Park is a great example of how partnerships come together to create successes. Read more

  • Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program

    Director Discusses Park Prescriptions

    Director Jon Jarvis, Dr. Robert Zarr, Rock Creek Superintendent Tara Morrison walk from Upper Cardozo Health Center discussing benefits of Park Rx.

    Instead of a pharmacy, if Dr. Robert Zarr of Upper Cardozo Health Center in Washington, DC has his way, after your next doctor visit you just might find yourself headed to a local park or trail with a prescription in hand for outdoor exercise. Read more

  • Natural Resource Stewardship and Science Directorate

    Million Pollinator Garden Challenge

    Group of people hold seed packets

    Sometimes large landscape conservation starts with tiny creatures. See how the National Park Service works with partners to protect bees, butterflies, birds, and bats. Read more

  • Natural Resource Stewardship and Science Directorate

    Assessing Conditions at Individual Parks: 22 Reports Now Available

    sample report

    Similar to company shareholder reports , State of the Park reports give visitors and the general public a general overview of a particular park. They contain details about overall conditions of priority park resources, recent park activities and accomplishments, and some of the challenges and issues that parks are presently working on. Read more

  • Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve

    Local School visits Glacier Bay

    Students and overnight gear on a beach

    Students from kindergarten to high school explored the park in their backyard--some even spending the night. 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

  • Natural Resource Stewardship and Science Directorate

    Video Break: See the Colorado Plateau Dark Sky for Yourself!

    Starry sky at Arches National Park

    Nothing replaces the experience of staring up at the millions of stars in the Milky Way, feeling the cool desert air, and hearing the hushed awe of others. See what it’s all about in this video, Clear Air & Magnificent Skies. Read more

  • Natural Resource Stewardship and Science Directorate

    On the Trail of Acid Rain: Using the Appalachian Trail as a Mega-Transect for Science

    A narrow trail cuts through knee-high grass toward a horizon of mountains covered in deciduous trees.

    The Appalachian Trail traverses a diverse range of ecosystems, making it an ideal research transect to explore regional influences on our environment. A recent study looked for signs of ecosystem recovery from acid rain. Read more

  • Natural Resource Stewardship and Science Directorate

    BioBlitz 2015: Cultural Connections Help Create New Generation of Stewards

    Participants in BioBlitz

    The 2015 Hawai’i Volcanoes BioBlitz brought together scientists, Hawaiian cultural practitioners, schoolchildren, and visitors to complete a comprehensive inventory of species living in the park. Read more

  • Natural Resource Stewardship and Science Directorate

    Preserving Night Skies, One Park at a Time

    Night sky with the Milky Way

    Protecting night skies is a priority for the National Park Service. With eight of our national parks now designated as International Dark Sky Parks, we encourage everyone to Find Your Park under a starry sky. Read more

  • Natural Resource Stewardship and Science Directorate

    Digital Tool Allows Users to See Economic Contributions of Individual Parks

    sample graphic of data visualization tool

    National parks are easily recognized for their natural beauty, historical significance, or cultural importance. But national parks also contribute mightily to their local economies. Read more

  • Fort Stanwix National Monument

    Fort Stanwix Works with Local Community for Cultural Showcase

    children are mid-leap in a busy dance

    Fort Stanwix National Monument partnered with the Midtown Utica Community Center to present a cultural showcase as part of the 2015 City of Rome, Honor America Days Celebration. Read more

  • Lowell National Historical Park

    2015 Spindle City Community Action Team welcomes visitors to Lowell.

    2015 Spindle City Community Action Team

    The Spindle City Community Action Team wrap up the summer in Lowell, MA. Read more

  • Lowell National Historical Park

    29th Lowell Folk Festival

    Original Pinettes Brass Band from New Orleans in Lowell, MA.

    It began in late July with the Original Pinettes Brass Band from New Orleans leading the kick-off parade through the streets of Lowell Friday night and by the time the festival concluded Sunday evening; thousands of visitors, music fans, families, followers of folk culture, and people from eastern Massachusetts and beyond came together to enjoy the 29th Lowell Folk Festival. Read more

  • Biological Resources Division

    BioBlitz 2015: Cultural Connections Help Create New Generation of Stewards

    Participants in BioBlitz

    The 2015 Hawai’i Volcanoes BioBlitz brought together scientists, Hawaiian cultural practitioners, schoolchildren, and visitors to complete a comprehensive inventory of species living in the park. Read more

  • Governors Island National Monument

    找到你的公园 Finding Your Park at Governors Island National Monument

    Park Ranger Zuri Branton appears in an announcement of Mandarin Chinese programs.

    Noticing a increase in Asian young adults and senior visitors along with the needs of a nearby community, one park is making some first efforts to engage an underserved population. Read more

  • El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail

    Partnerships in Action: NTIR Participates in the Latino Heritage Internship Program

    Five women surrounded by two men pose for a selfie inside an office.

    This summer, National Trails Intermountain Region (NTIR) is hosting two interns participating in the newly launched Latino Heritage Internship Program. The interns are based out of NTIR’s new branch office at the University of New Mexico campus in Albuquerque. The program will engage the next generation of conservation stewards while raising awareness of the need for Latino involvement in the preservation of national parks and historic sites. Read more

  • Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve

    Cannery Youth Fly to Find Their Park in Glacier Bay

    Youth weave baskets out of paper

    This "Art in the Park" program in Glacier Bay have youth making baskets and then walking through the park to identify and pick edible wild berries. Read more

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