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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  • Lake Mead National Recreation Area

    LAKE Riders Join Federal Bike Challenge

    LAKE Riders Join Federal Bike Challenge

    Lake Mead National Recreation Area is participating in National Bike Month by asking employees to join the Federal Bike Challenge. The Challenge is a free, friendly competition between groups of federal employees that promotes bicycling to and from work as often as possible during the month of May. Read more

  • Minute Man National Historical Park

    The 2015 Lexington Tattoo & Muster

    A participant in thel William Diamond Jr. Fife and Drum Muster

    The 13th annual Lexington Tattoo and Muster, hosted by the William Diamond Junior Fife and Drum Corp at Minute Man National Historical Park. Read more

  • Community Artist hosts Sketch Crawls in southeastern Utah parks

    Two women holding sketches

    The national parks in southeastern Utah (Arches, Canyonlands, Hovenweep, and Natural Bridges) have hosted a Community Artist in the Parks as a way to partner local artists with the parks and visitors. This year's community artist, Katrina Lund began hosting special "sketch crawl" events to help visitors connect more deeply to the landscape around them. Read more

  • El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail

    From Line on a Map to Reality: Envisioning National Historic Trails

    A man in a green pants and a grey shirt with a tan straw hat points away from a group of five people taking notes and photographing.

    Partnership for National Trails System participants gathered from across the nation to participate in a first of its kind workshop to envision national historic trail preservation and development for visitor use. Participants visited urban and pristine segments of El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro in Socorro New Mexico to envision preservation and development challenges involved with creating a national historic trail. Read more

  • Santa Fe National Historic Trail

    Challenging Long-Held Assumptions About the Santa Fe Trail

    A black and white illustration shows numerous wagons and oxen with men walking and some riding horses.

    The Santa Fe Trail has long been regarded as a two-way commercial trail by both scholars and by the thousands of visitors that flock to sites and segments along the trail. In 2012, however, National Trails Intermountain Region staff received a proposal from a Santa Fe Trail Association member challenging that long-held notion. The study that resulted forced a shift in the perceptions of who used the Santa Fe Trail, and for what purposes. Read more

  • Trail Of Tears National Historic Trail

    Award Winning Trail of Tears National Historic Trail Map and Guide Published

    A colorful brochure showing a photo with trees and historic illustrations of people and two small inset maps with six main paragraphs of text.

    National Trails Intermountain Region produced a new official map and guide for the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail. This publication was printed in 2013 and won a national award. Read more

  • Santa Fe National Historic Trail

    Historic Santa Fe Trail retraced by Visiting Boy Scouts and Local Community

    Boys in red shirts sit on a lawn, a speaker stands at a podium in a green uniform and straw hat.

    Boy Scouts dedicated a new four mile segment of retracement trail on the Santa Fe National Historic Trail at the Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico. Read more

  • Hampton National Historic Site

    Hampton Celebrates National Park Week; Opens a new Visitor Contact Station

    A local student helping to plant a tree at Hampton NHS

    Hampton NHS Celebrated National Park Week in grand style. The park hosted a week-long series of events, hosting students of all ages every day. The highlight of the week was the opening of our new Visitor Contact Station. Read more

  • Craters Of The Moon National Monument & Preserve

    More Art on the Rocks

    artist in park studio

    Staff at Craters of the Moon have hosted 3 artists-in-residence and are partnering with the Sun Valley Center for the Arts on a major exhibit in 2016. Read more

  • Craters Of The Moon National Monument & Preserve

    Find Your Park in Southern Idaho

    exhibit and rack card

    The national parks of Southern Idaho are working to enhance the connection of urban communities to parks through marketing and collaboration. Read more

  • Cane River Creole National Historical Park

    Kids learn to Play the Harmonica on Junior Ranger Day

    Junior Rangers

    Junior Rangers learn about soil science, Civil War surgery, and harmonicas. Read more

  • Aztec Ruins National Monument

    Unique High School Partnership Becomes San Juan County's Largest Youth Employer

    Cadets standing with tools in the Heritage Garden

    The YCC partnership between Aztec Ruins National Monument and the Aztec High School JROTC program has provided meaningul employment for local high school students for four years. The students have taken on important projects--from building buck and rail fence to tending a Heritage Garden--and they've developed job skills, personal responsibility, and a sense of stewardship along the way. Read more


    Operational Leadership for Supervisors

    More than 30 Lake Mead National Recreation Area supervisors re-emphasized their commitment to employee safety April 28 by participating in the Operational Leadership for Supervisors course. The new eight-hour National Park Service training teaches leaders that Operational Leadership is more than a program. It is a culture. Read more

  • Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve

    Yoga in the Park

    Visitors practicing yoga in the fort.

    Yoga in the Park can make a positive impact on their mental and physical wellbeing and help them form healthy habits. Read more

  • Gettysburg National Military Park

    Museum Exhibit Planning

    Museum Exhibit Planning

    Park and Gettysburg Foundation staff are planning a series of new, temporary exhibits at the Museum and Visitor Center as well as a new exhibit for the museum’s Gilder-Lehrman Special Exhibits Gallery. Read more

  • Gettysburg National Military Park

    Gettysburg Winter Lecture series

    Gettysburg Winter Lecture series

    Gettysburg interpretive staff created another very successful winter lecture series on Saturday and Sunday afternoons throughout January, February and March. Read more

  • Gettysburg National Military Park

    Comprehensive Community Trails Plan

    Visitors enjoy a hike with a Ranger

    Planning continues on this planning project to improve multi-modal connections between trails and transportation opportunities within GETT and EISE and to identify links and newly established trailheads to provide pedestrian and bicycle access. Read more

  • Gettysburg National Military Park

    Creating a New Lincoln

    Abraham Lincoln: The Man (also known as the Standing Lincoln)

    Monument specialists at Gettysburg National Military Park and the NPS Historic Preservation Training Center will be working in Gettysburg to prepare for the casting of a new life-sized bronze statue of a standing Abraham Lincoln for the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site. Read more

  • Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve

    Investigating the Park in their own Backyard

    Students identify a trout using a field guide

    Youth of all ages love to identify wildlife that they have discovered using guide books in the field. These experiences will produce a new generation of adults interested in the natural world of National Parks. Read more

  • Maggie L Walker National Historic Site

    High school students plot Maggie Walker’s historic path

    High school students posed with park rangers in a brick courtyard

    In April 2015, eight high school students from Richmond public schools joined Groundwork RVA and National Park Service staff to investigate the physical traces of Maggie L. Walker’s Richmond legacy. Read more

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