A Call to Action: Success Stories

The National Park Service turned 100 on August 25, 2016. To us, it wasn't about cakes and candles — it was about preparing the NPS to take on the challenges of our second century. A Call to Action was our blueprint to get us there. Every partner, program, and park played a dynamic role in realizing that vision. The stories below are examples of that work, and a final report on the centennial summarizes the success of this collaboration.

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  • Lowell National Historical Park

    Lowell High School choir sings the Children’s Earth Anthem Loud & Strong.

    Lowell High School Choir outside Lowell National Historical Park Headquarters

    Lowell High School Choir sing the Children's Earth Anthem outside Lowell National Historical Park Headquarters. Read more

  • Fort Scott National Historic Site

    Fort Scott NHS’s Adopted 5th Grade Class Completes Three Years of Activities

    A NPS Park Ranger stands at the podium with a group of students looking toward him

    They saw Theodore Roosevelt! They witnessed nearly 100 people from diverse countries becoming new citizens of the United States! They voted in elections and participated in a courtroom trial! And they visited the Kansas state capitol building, spent time in the governor’s office, became fugitives on the Underground Railroad, and learned about segregation at Brown vs. Board National Historic Site! Read more

  • Fort Scott National Historic Site

    NPS Areas in the Region help provide a Successful Centennial Event at Fort Scott NHS

    Woman in period costume with bonnet demonstrates a 19th century toy to visitors

    The NPS Centennial was the theme of this year's Good Ol' Days activities on Saturday, June 4 at Fort Scott National Historic Site. Seven NPS sites from the Midwest Region sent representatives to the event. Read more

  • Lake Mead National Recreation Area

    Lake Mead, Tule Springs Connect with Hundreds of Thousands during National Park Week

    Junior Ranger Day

    Hundreds of thousands of people helped Lake Mead National Recreation Area and Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument celebrate National Park Week April 16-24. The parks held traditional events along with a few out-of-the-box virtual experiences in order to reach such a wide and diverse audience. Read more

  • New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

    Success with BIERSTADT Nature & National Identity Exhibit!

    Image of park staff at the Bierstadt Exhibit

    On Friday June 3rd the staff of New Beford Whaling National Historical Park joined the New Bedford Art Muesum/Artworks!, the City of New Bedford, and other partner organizations for the grand opening of the Centennial exhibit titled: BIERSTADT Nature & National Identity. Read more

  • Lowell National Historical Park

    A Celebration of National Parks through Art

    Artist Margo Thach (Mam) infront of her work, Pawtucket Falls.

    Reception for the exhibit “Telling America’s Stories: 100 Years of the National Park Service. At The Brush Art Gallery. Read more

  • Tucson Sees 100 Classroom Presentations for the National Park Service Centennial

    a storyteller surrounded by school children

    The Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail and the nonprofit Environmental Education Exchange partnered to deliver 100 classroom presentations in Tucson during the National Park Service Centennial Read more

  • Independence National Historical Park

    Independence NHP Pilots STEAM Programming with St. Mary’s Interparochial School

    Park Ranger with students making filters out of plastic 2 liter bottles

    St. Mary’s students (grades 5-8) participating in their afterschool STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics) program visited Independence National Historical Park several times throughout the 2015-2016 school year for a STEAM lesson inspired by a visit to a park site. The combination of history and hands-on science provided a unique experience for the students, and proved to be a great opportunity for the park to explore science programming. Read more

  • Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve

    2016 National Parks BioBlitz – Fort Caroline Insects

    children walking through the woods looking toward the trees above

    The Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve hosted our first biodiversity discovery day at Fort Caroline during the 2016 National Parks BioBlitz. Read more

  • Fire and Aviation Management

    Dance Performance Captivates Young Boise Audience

    Children on a stage raise their hands above their heads.

    The Division of Fire and Aviation sponsored a dance performance focused on wildland fire in honor of the NPS Centennial, as wildland fire management is integral to the mission of the National Park Service. Called Fire Speaks the Land, The CoMotion Dance Project from the University of Montana performed in Boise on April 7 and 8, 2016. Over the course of the two days, over 800 students in K-5th grade came to the interactive performances. Read more

  • Saguaro National Park

    Park Prescription Day 2016

    Park Rx Logo

    On April 24, 2016, the public was invited to join Saguaro National Park staff, state and local officials, health care providers, military veterans and Jefferson Park neighbors to walk, bike, or run 1.75-miles along a proposed Health and History Loop Trail connecting Banner-University Medical Center to the historic Jefferson Park neighborhood. The proposed trail will be the first public-private wellness trail in Arizona, designed so that doctors can prescribe a walk in nature Read more

  • Saguaro National Park

    Tourism to Saguaro National Park creates $66.5 million in Economic Benefit for Tucson

    Cactus forest

    A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 753,440 visitors to Saguaro National Park in 2015 spent nearly $47.5 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 691 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $66.5 million. Read more

  • Lowell National Historical Park

    Bringing the Park to the People Debuts during Cambodian New Year in Lowell

    Bringing the Park to the People

    In celebration of the National Park Service's 100 Birthday, Lowell National Historical Park is Bringing the Park to the People. We will co-host a series of community outreach events at neighborhood parks. Read more

  • Urban Archeology Corps

    Showing excavated artifacts.

    The NPS Archeology Program and Groundwork Anacostia River DC piloted the Urban Archeology Corps at National Capital Parks-East in 2012. This youth work experience provides a model for engaging young people in urban national parks through archeology. Read more

  • Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve

    Students Fly to Glacier Bay for Every Kid in a Park Celebration

    Rangers watch a float plane depart.

    Fourth-grade students from across the region flew into Glacier Bay to celebrate the NPS Centennial and discover an national park treasure in their backyard. Read more

  • Minute Man National Historical Park

    The Wayside is subject of a new movie.

    Group of people, some in historic clothes, many in modern clothes, pose for a photo outside The Wayside, in Concord, MA.

    The Wayside, Home of Authors, is subject of a new film in the "Half the History" film series. The film is made in cooperation with students from Tufts University. Read more

  • Tumacácori National Historical Park

    Tumacácori, Tubac, and the Anza Trail Team Up for Health

    prescription pad directing users to hike on a trail, signed by superintendent Bob Love

    This spring Tumacácori National Historical Park offered not one, but two occasions for visitors to hike a portion of the historic Juan Bautista Anza Trail that runs between Tumacácori and the historic Tubac Presidio. Read more

  • Tumacácori National Historical Park

    Art in the Park Celebration at Tumacácori

    oil painting on easel next to sunny archway and garden

    On Saturday, February 13, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Tumacácori celebrated artistic expression of all kinds with a day of activities for families, neighbors, and visitors from across the world. Visitors got in touch with their creative sides by joining some of the many demonstrations, workshops, and programs offered. Read more

  • Tumacácori National Historical Park

    Naturalization Ceremony Welcomes New Citizens to National Parks

    crowd with families taking photos together in front of mission church

    For the fifth year in a row Tumacacori commemorated Constitution Day and Citizenship Day by hosting a naturalization ceremony on September 17th. Temporarily designated a U.S. Courtroom for the event, the ceremony was held inside the historic Tumacacori Mission Church. Read more

  • Tumacácori National Historical Park

    Ticket to Ride Drives Significant Increase in Curriculum-Based Programs

    ranger and students in costumes walk on path in front of church

    The $5,000 set aside to subsidize buses will, by the end of the school year, have delivered more than 1,000 students to Tumacácori for curriculum-based field trips. That is nearly 500 more visits than the previous fiscal year –an increase of almost 45%. Read more

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