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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  • Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve

    Timucuan Preserve engages CISV International Volunteers in Microplastics Survey

    young researchers gathering sand

    International volunteers, in a unique partnership between the park, the Northeast Florida State Aquatic Preserve, and the St. John’s Riverkeeper collected water and sediment samples and process them for microplastics. Read more

  • Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve

    Jacksonville Children’s Chorus singing the Children’s Earth Anthem

    film crew posing children in red shirts

    The Timucuan Preserve premieres the Children's Earth Anthem with the Jacksonville Children's Chorus. Read more

  • Cane River Creole National Historical Park

    "Freedom is Coming" Concert

    Musicians perform in Asbury United Methodist Church

    Cane River Creole NHP and New Orleans Jazz NHP partnered to host the 3rd annual "Freedom is Coming" concert. Read more

  • Cane River Creole National Historical Park

    Junior Ranger Jam Session

    Boy playing cigar box guitar.

    Kids built cigar box guitars and had a harmonica workshop with blues man Ed Huey at Junior Ranger Day. Read more

  • Capitol Reef National Park

    Capitol Reef National Park Celebrates A Class Act with Loa Elementary 5th Graders

    Students, Rangers and Educators Celebrate at the Historic Fruita Schoolhouse in Capitol Reef National Park

    Capitol Reef National Park Rangers, Loa Elementary Fifth Graders, and the Wayne School Superintendent all gathered on the morning of Thursday, May 19, 2016 at the Fruita Historic Schoolhouse to celebrate momentous occasions – the graduation of Fifth Grade students from Loa Elementary School, the retirement of the Wayne School District Superintendent, and the Centennial of the National Park Service. Read more

  • Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve

    Timucuan Parks Foundation Invests in New Face for Fort Caroline National Memorial

    park staff and partners cutting the ribbon on a Fort Caroline entrance sign

    In observance of our centennial, we thank our friends group, Timucuan Parks Foundation, for funding our new park sign, a place for future generations to mark their first visit to Fort Caroline and the gateway to the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve. Read more

  • Cane River Creole National Historical Park

    Freedom Stories on Cane River

    Students share their thoughts on what freedom means to them.

    The park hosted its forth annual Juneteenth celebration at Oakland Plantation for over 60 students from the Boys & Girls Club. Read more

  • Cultural Resources, Partnerships, and Science Directorate

    The National Park Service and Google Cultural Institute Go Digital Together!

    Items in the NPS Museum Collection

    The National Park Service and the Google Cultural Institute have worked together to provide digital access to the NPS's culturally diverse museum collections. Read more

  • Chaco Culture National Historical Park

    Kids Find Their Park in Their Backyard

    Kids Kollege Scholars pose in front of the Chaco Culture entrance sign with Park Rangers.

    The Kids Kollege summer program for San Juan County has grown exponentially since its creation in 2013 and has introduced local children to the National Parks in their backyards. Read more

  • Independence National Historical Park

    Speak Out! Teen Leadership Camp

    Park Ranger with teens and Thomas Jefferson pose for a picture.

    Speak Out! Teen leadership camp is an exciting new collaboration between the Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA "Y Achievers" program and the National Park Service. Held in the park from August 1 through August 5, this program introduced 20 teens to the causes and leaders woven throughout the park’s stories and sites. These stories and site visits served to inspire the teens as they thought about ways to improve their own communities. Read more

  • Marsh - Billings - Rockefeller National Historical Park

    Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP Talks About the Changing Face of the Outdoors

    Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP talks about the changing face of the outdoors

    On August 4, 2016, the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park partnered with the Billings Farm & Museum to screen the 2013 film An American Ascent which documents Expedition Denali, the first African-American expedition to attempt a summit of Denali (formerly Mt. McKinley), North America's highest peak. While the film showcases the mountaineering and adventure, the theme of the film is about shedding light on the complexity of diversity in outdoor recreation. Read more

  • Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

    Rafting, Laughing and Learning

    A group of people stand facing the camera near the edge of a cliff

    O.A.R.S. and the Glen Canyon Natural History Association recently funded a 6-day, 112-mile rafting trip down the Colorado River for 17 students from Page High School (AZ). The trip provided many opportunities for the youth to connect to their national parks through outdoor recreation activities, natural resource education, and contributions to citizen science efforts. Read more

  • Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

    Evaluating Water and Sediment Contamination and Accumulation in Biota

    People in lifejackets on a metal boat marked

    The National Park Service and US Geological Survey work together in researching the different types of contaminants that may arrive at Lake Powell, and how to address them. Being a remote location, it is not known if contaminants are as much of a problem as some other areas. Read more

  • Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park

    Pawtucket Red Sox and Park Rangers!

    3 Park Rangers smiling as they prepare to go run on the baseball field

    On Sunday July 31, the Pawtucket Red Sox (AAA affiliate of the Boston Red Sox) invited the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park to celebrate the National Park Service Centennial at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Baseball has a long connection to the Blackstone Valley story, as many of the mills here sponsored baseball teams in the Industrial League. Read more

  • Lake Mead National Recreation Area

    Lake Mead Rangers Take a Night Out with the Community

    National Night Out

    Park rangers at Lake Mead National Recreation Area held a tamarisk clean-up event July 22 in celebration of Latino Conservation Week. Read more

  • Lake Mead National Recreation Area

    Lake Mead Celebrates Latino Conservation Week

    Latino Conservation Week

    Park rangers at Lake Mead National Recreation Area held a tamarisk clean-up event July 22 in celebration of Latino Conservation Week. Read more

  • Lowell National Historical Park

    Lowell NHP & Mill City Grows partner for Latino Conservation Week.

    Salsa and Sustainability

    Lowell National Historical Park teams up with Mill City Grows for Salsa and Sustainability during Latino Conservation Week. Read more

  • Martin Van Buren National Historic Site

    Access Granted: NPS, Library of Congress, and The Papers of Martin Van Buren

    The Modern Colossus.  A political cartoon from 1848.

    On July 19 just steps away from the 19th-century law office of Martin Van Buren in Hudson, New York, Martin Van Buren NHS hosted a public gathering to explore the way that access to the papers of the 8th President is undergoing revolutionary change at a time when the history of Van Buren’s role in the establishment of the two-party system could not be more relevant. Read more

  • Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve

    Helping Jacksonville Kids Grow

    cotton plant in foreground with ranger speaking to kids behind the green plants

    In an effort to reach out to the community and respond to local needs the Timucuan Preserve has developed a relationship with Sustainable Springfield, a local non-profit. Read more

  • Cape Cod National Seashore

    Every Kid in Park Youth Climate Change Program at Cape Cod National Seashore

    Several students kneel in a grassy marsh with a wooden measuring stick.

    May 17-19, 2016. A three day youth climate change program at Cape Cod National Seashore ended with 97 students energized and inspired to return to their homes, schools, and communities to take action to reduce their carbon footprints and educate others to do the same. Read more

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