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

    Centennial FAM tours with over 30 partners.

    Ranger talks on mic and points to picture being held by a man.

    In preparation for the National Park Service Centennial, the park reached out to over 30 partners to renew interest, ask for input and recommit for the future. Read more

  • Lowell National Historical Park

    “Growing Up Portuguese in Lowell,” by five Portuguese-Americans Exhibit.

    People gather around an exhibit panel.

    Members of the Portuguese community of Massachusetts share their story at Lowell National Historical Park in the exhibit “Growing Up Portuguese in Lowell,” by five Portuguese-Americans. Read more

  • Chaco Culture National Historical Park

    Pueblo-Maya Youth "Find Their Park" at Chaco Culture

    Pueblo-Maya youth stand atop the north mesa along the Pueblo Alto Trail

    Cultural exchange program aims to engage participants with the natural beauty and cultural heritage of ancestral sites. Read more

  • Governors Island National Monument

    Columbia University Architecture Students Get Fortified

    Professor Victoria Sanger presents two books on French forts to the NPS for their library.

    Having the only French-inspired harbor fortifications in the neighborhood was the good fortune that Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Preservation and Planning students enjoyed in their visit to Governors Island National Monument. Read more

  • Fort Scott National Historic Site

    New Birth of Freedom was theme of Candlelight Tour at Fort Scott NHS

    A row of candlelanterns with visitor center to the left

    On December 4 and 5, 2015, Fort Scott National Historic Site hosted its 34th Annual Candlelight Tour. During the tour, the soft glow from over 700 candle lanterns lent an air of enchantment to the site. The tour was a complete sellout, with 658 visitors enjoying a unique view of history followed by musical entertainment. This year’s tour wrapped up the site’s five year commemoration of the American Civil War Sesquicentennial. Read more

  • Lake Mead National Recreation Area

    Lake Mead’s AIS Team Educated 36,000 Visitors in 2015

    Lake Mead Launch Ramp Team

    Lake Mead National Recreation Area enlisted a 13-member team during the summer to slow the spread of aquatic invasive species in the west. The AIS team educated the community, boaters and other park visitors about the importance of cleaning, draining and drying all boats and equipment before and after recreating on lakes Mead and Mohave. Read more

  • Saguaro National Park

    Trail Volunteers Complete Stewardship Project on the Quilter Trail

    Trail Volunteers Complete Stewardship Project on the Quilter Trail

    On Saturday, November 2, 2013, volunteers from Saguaro National Park, the Arizona Trail Association, and international students from the University of Arizona Society of Mining Engineers volunteered their time by completing trail maintenance on the Quilter Trail, a segment of the Arizona Trail, where they brushed and installed erosion control devices. Read more

  • Saguaro National Park

    Saguaro NP and Southern Arizona Roadrunners Host 5th Annual BEYOND Fun Run/Walk Event

    Three people pose with Sunny the Saguaro, the park's mascot

    Approximately 250 eager fun runners and walkers lined up at the corner of Hohokam and Kinney Roads in Saguaro National Park to commemorate the 5th Anniversary of the tragic events of January 8, 2011 and to celebrate our community, as part of the 5th Annual BEYOND event. Read more

  • Saguaro National Park

    Tourism to Saguaro National Park Creates Over 58 Million in Economic Benefits

    Saguaro cacti silhouettes at Saguaro National Park

    A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 673,752 visitors to Saguaro National Park in 2014, spent nearly $41.6 million in communities near the Park. That spending supported 610 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of more than $58 million. Read more

  • Saguaro National Park

    Volunteers Contribute a Million Dollars Worth of Time And Talent

    Two Saguaro National Park volunteers smile for a photo on the outside patio at Tucson Mountain District

    During the fiscal year of 2015, we had 554 volunteers contribute 43,948 hours of volunteer service. That's amazing! Saguaro volunteers have many positions around the park including helping at the visitor centers, removing invasive plants, patrolling our park trails, and many more vital roles that help keep Saguaro running. Read more

  • Saguaro National Park

    Congressman Grijalva And Local Students Celebrate Founder's Day

    Group photo of local high school students, Congressman Raul Grijalva, and park staff

    Local high school students were joined by park staff and Congressman Raul Grijalva at Saguaro's Tucson Mountain District on the National Park Service's 99th birthday, August 25th. Share their experience through our short video and learn what the service's 99th birthday means for our parks. Read more

  • Saguaro National Park

    Weed Free Trails Program Gathers Local Citizens

    A volunteer with a digging tool and a volunteer with a clipboard, at work in the desert

    Saguaro National Park volunteer program, Weed Free Trails, has seen an increase in new volunteer participants of all ages showing an interest in protecting our trails. Read more

  • Saguaro National Park

    Youth Groups Tackle Buffelgrass, Becoming Stewards of the Future

    Volunteers help remove Buffelgrass to help maintain Saguaro National Park’s natural beauty.

    Saguaro National Park established a monthly volunteer event in 2007. The objective of this event is to manually remove invasive non-native grasses within the park. One of the grasses volunteers pull is Buffelgrass which competes with native plants for resources and is a fire threat to the Sonoran desert. Read more

  • Chaco Culture National Historical Park

    Sun Watching Traditions Continue in Chaco Canyon

    Crowd at Kin Kletso Observes the Solstice Sunrise

    Before sun-up on December 21 visitors, staff, and volunteers gathered at an 800 year old building to carry on longstanding tradition. Read more

  • Fire Island National Seashore

    Fire Island Shares New Bat Education Resources at Teacher's Open House

    A researcher holds a red bat during bat surveys on Fire Island.

    Fire Island National Seashore's Student Conservation Association (SCA) Bat Survey Intern helped share new Project EduBat education resources and insight into her work assisting researchers at the Seashore's October Educator Open House. Read more

  • Fire Island National Seashore

    A Successful Summer for Fire Island National Seashore's First Latino Heritage Intern

    Fire Island National Seashore interns and staff pose for a photo at Sailors Haven Visitor Center

    Fire Island National Seashore was fortunate to participate in the first year of the Latino Heritage Internship Program. The NPS, partnering with Environment for the Americas and the Hispanic Access Foundation created this program to focus on increasing opportunities for young Latinos within the National Park Service, while encouraging greater visitation and participation of Latinos in the national parks in their backyards. Read more

  • Fire Island National Seashore

    High School Students Document Fire Island Biodiversity with DNA Barcoding

    Students take samples on the beach.

    A group of Long Island students visited Fire Island National Seashore's Sailors Haven to sample and document the diverse plant and invertebrate life found there. Read more

  • Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site

    Mather High School Studies NPS Skills in Craftsmanship

    We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future. ~ FDR

    As part of the National Park Services' partnership with Stephen T. Mather Building Arts & Craftsmanship High School, Roosevelt-Vanderbilt NHS participated in a field work day experience with approximately thirty of the school's students and three teachers. Read more

  • 2015 Evening of Lights Illuminates History

    Ancestral Pueblo ruins illuminated by lantern-light

    The past glowed at Aztec Ruins National Monument during the annual Evening of Lights on December 10, 2015. A combination of LED lanterns, solar lights and luminarias welcomed visitors to experience the Aztec West great house in a different light. Read more

  • Lake Mead National Recreation Area

    Next Generation Discovers Great Outdoors at Lake Mead NRA

    youth nature journaling

    Youth from across the Las Vegas Valley visited Lake Mead National Recreation Area Dec. 12 to take part in an outdoor discovery series designed to connect with and create the next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates. Read more

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