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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  • 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

  • Tumacácori National Historical Park

    Tumacácori Partners With State Park to Find Your Park and Play!

    young children throw mud on ocotillo test wall while ranger and parent look on

    Children of all ages from Santa Cruz and Pima Counties enjoyed a combined event for National Junior Ranger Day at Tumacácori National Historical Park and Tubac Presidio State Historic Park on Saturday, April 16, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Both parks simultaneously offered a wide variety of activities and crafts for the young and the young at heart. Read more

  • Tumacácori National Historical Park

    Tumacácori Hosts Cross-Border Earthen Architecture Workshop

    park maintenance worker shoveling broken plaster with exposed adobe underneath

    From March 14-18, Tumacácori National Historical Park hosted over 100 participants in the 2016 Taller Internacional de Conservación y Restauración de Arquitectura de Tierra (TICRAT), a bi-national, hands-on workshop focused on learning the traditional techniques and materials of conserving earthen architecture, adobe, lime plaster, and painted plaster. Read more

  • Cape Cod National Seashore

    AmeriCorps’ Dedicates Week to “Protect, Preserve and Prepare” for Centennial

    AmeriCorps volunteers convene for group photo

    During the week of April 11th Barnstable County AmeriCorps Cape Cod and Cape Cod National Seashore teamed up for National Volunteer Week with the common goal to “protect, preserve, and prepare our park” for the National Park Service centennial year. Read more

  • Grand Canyon National Park

    Building Cultural Competence at Grand Canyon

    Park Archaeologist Jan Balsom with Hopi tribal member Lillian Dennis

    In celebration of National Native American Heritage Month, Grand Canyon National Park’s Diversity Council sponsored a free ‘Cultural Competence’ workshop led by Dr. Katherine Campbell of the Bureau of Indian Education. Read more

  • Grand Canyon National Park

    Diversifying the Outdoors with Jose Gonzáles

    Jose Gonzalez with Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewel

    On Tuesday October 27th and 28th,2015, Jose González, founder and director of Latino Outdoors, led two community workshop on ‘Diversifying the Outdoors’ at Northern Arizona University (NAU) and Grand Canyon National Park. Read more

  • Aztec Ruins National Monument

    Centennial Partnership Celebrates New Horizons for Class of 2016 and NPS

    High school seniors and park rangers gather in a museum.

    The four-year Centennial partnership between Bloomfield High School Class of 2016 and Aztec Ruins National Monument culminated in a unique stewardship opportunity hosted by Salmon Ruins. Read more

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