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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  • Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site

    Citizen Scientists Help Monitor the Village of Monarchs and Milkweed and More...

    A young citizen scientist helps measure ph levels in a park pond

    New volunteer programs create ways for local residents to contribute to environmental monitoring at Carl Sandburg Home NHS. Read more

  • Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site

    Youth Interns Create a Summer of Fun at Sandburg Home

    Three youth interns collaborate on a new citizen science program for young visitors

    New partnerships with youth organizations and universities provided opportunities for six college interns to participate in paid work experiences at Carl Sandburg Home NHS during the summer of 2016. Read more

  • Fire Island National Seashore

    Volunteers Dig In on National Public Lands Day

    Volunteers participate in Fire Island National Seashore's

    Volunteers of all ages donated more than 100 volunteer hours and planted over 100 milkweeds at Fire Island National Seashore's National Public Lands Day "Weed, Feed, and Seed" event. Read more

  • Fire Island National Seashore

    International Student Group Introduced to Fire Island

    International students look at a marine creature caught during a net fishing program

    For the sixth year in a row, a group of international students from Stony Brook University visited Fire Island National Seashore to discover the national treasure in their new backyard. Read more

  • Enjoy the View! Parks Are Lining Up to Be Sure We Do Just That

    Park personnel evaluating a view

    As we get closer to the Centennial in 2016, parks are signing up to protect clean air and scenic views. Do you know how to evaluate a scenic view? Read more

  • Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail

    “Kids in Kayaks” kicks off in Baltimore

    Mount Washington Middle School Students gather to celebrate a successful day on the water in Baltimore.

    Multiple NPS partners begin a “Kids in Kayaks” program to give students their first on-the-water experiences in a city known for its maritime heritage and commemorated in two national historic trails. Read more

  • Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park

    Eastern National Provides Funds for Local Schools to Visit National Military Park

    Eastern staff, park staff, and Catoosa County Department of Education staff with transportation funding check

    In the spring of 2015, Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, through Eastern National, presented a check to the Catoosa County Department of Education in order to assist with transportation costs associated with bringing students to visit "THEIR" national park. Read more

  • Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park

    Local Youth Work to Improve Access at Moccasin Bend and Sherman Reservation

    Members of the NPS Urban Archeology Corps on Stringers Ridge

    This summer, seven local students worked with the Southeast Conservation Corps through the National Park Service’s Urban Archeology Corps to improve the Blue Blazes Trail at Moccasin Bend National Archeological District as well as improving access to the Sherman Reservation along Missionary Ridge. Read more

  • Wrangell - St Elias National Park & Preserve

    The Park Documents the Yakutat Tlingit Tribe Connections to the Wrangell-St. Elias

    Ocean with Hubbard Glacier and surrounding snowy mountains

    An ehtnographic study was recently completed that documents the Yakutat Tlingit tribe connections to the park. Read more

  • Wrangell - St Elias National Park & Preserve

    Park Partners with Local Tribe to Document their Connections to the Park

    Spruce Grouse sitting in the middle of a dirt road with mountains in the distance

    This report documents the connections to Wrangell-St. Elias and the Upper Ahtna people. Read more

  • Fort Larned National Historic Site

    Student Volunteer Project Nets More than Butterflies!

    Teacher instruction for students on creating a- butterfly garden.

    Call to Action, goal #7, has connected a new generation of citizen scientists and park stewards to Fort Larned by creating and building a Butterfly Garden that has become a Monarch Waystation. Read more

  • Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

    Interns Enjoy the View at DEWA

    Student group photo

    Superintendent John J. Donahue announced that four Native American students from the University of Minnesota, Morris assisted DEWA with Director’s Call to Action #38 Enjoy the View (ETV) efforts and its goal to assess and preserve treasured scenic resources this spring. Read more

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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