A Call to Action: Success Stories

The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016. To us, it's not about cakes and candles — it's about being an organization ready to take on the challenges of our second century. Our blueprint to get there — A Call to Action — outlines the innovative work we want to accomplish. Every partner, program, and park plays a dynamic role in realizing that vision. Take a look at what we're doing and get involved!

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  • Lake Mead National Recreation Area

    Big Brothers Big Sisters youth learn about Lake Mead’s water

    Water testing demonstration

    Youth from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada learned about the different kinds of water quality monitoring currently underway at Lake Mead National Recreation Area July 17 as part of an Outside Las Vegas Foundation field trip. Read more

  • Lake Mead National Recreation Area

    Preserving Native American culture: Lake Mead hosts lesson plan writing retreat

    Lake Mead hosts lesson plan writing retreat

    Lake Mead National Recreation Area, University of Nevada Las Vegas and Nevada Department of Education partnered to host a Native American lesson plan writing retreat July 29 to 31. The writing retreat was held to help teachers create culturally inclusive lesson plans about Nevada Native American culture for students. Read more

  • Fort Donelson National Battlefield

    Fort Donelson Helps Visitors Find Their Park

    A road trip to Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park

    Fort Donelson decided to make it a little easier for visitors to Find Your Park...we took them to one! Read more

  • Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve

    The Green Team, GroundWork, and the Timucuan Preserve

    Green team crew clearing brush

    Green Team members will lead Ground Works projects including restoring waterways, converting brownfields into green space and lending a hand at the National and State Parks. Read more

  • River Raisin National Battlefield Park

    Almost Time to Smell the Roses!

    NPS rose parade poster

    The National Park Service and Tournament of Roses Association are partnering to kick off the centennial with the 2016 Rose Parade in Pasadena, California. Read more

  • Fire Island National Seashore

    Highlighting Local History

    Boat on Patchogue River

    Visitors step back in time to the heyday of boat building on the Patchogue River at a special exhibit at Fire Island National Seashore's Patchogue Watch Hill Ferry Terminal exploring the river's connection to the Great South Bay and Fire Island through vintage photographs and postcards, historic maps, and memorabilia. Read more

  • Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program

    Activating Meridian Hill Park

    Members of the community play Berimbaus (African string instrument made of a gourde and bow) near the drum circle in Meridian Hill Park.

    Visit Washington, DC’s Meridian Hill Park on any given Sunday afternoon and you might see people walking dogs, doing yoga, dancing, enjoying a pick up soccer game, drumming at a drum circle, or just lying in the grass relaxing with family. Read more

  • Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve

    Water Bottle Filling Station

    water bottle refill station and fountain

    The station is a green friendly machine that has a counter on it showing how many disposable plastic water bottles were saved from landfills. Read more

  • Governors Island National Monument

    Encontrar su Parque - Isla de los Gobernadores

    Seasonal Park Ranger Rocio Mendoza in a Facebook advertisement for Spanish language tours

    In reaching out to a city of immigrants, Governors Island National Monument is featuring foreign language interpretation for the first time this summer. Read more

  • Lake Mead National Recreation Area

    Planting Seeds in the Latino Community

    Making Seed Balls

    Around 50 Latino high school youth from across the Las Vegas Valley participated in a seed cleaning event and learned about Lake Mead National Recreation Area July 16. The event was held as part of Latino Conservation Week, which was July 11 to 19, and was an opportunity for community-based organizations; churches; local, state, and national parks; and agencies to plan events for the Latino community to have fun, learn and advocate for the great outdoors. Read more

  • Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail

    Volunteer Historian Awarded for Exceptional Service

    Phil Valdez receives service award

    Expecting a day of volunteering with the Anza Trail, Phil Valdez, Jr., was instead surprised with a Department of Interior service award. Read more

  • Cane River Creole National Historical Park

    Park Celebrates Juneteenth with the Boys & Girls Club

    Students at the Oakland Slave/Tenant Cabin

    Over 120 student celebrated Juneteenth with a guided tour and musical demonstrations at the park's Oakland Plantation. Read more

  • Flight 93 National Memorial

    Cultivating a Living Memorial

    Young people in grey t-shirts showing sleeves

    Flight 93 National Memorial, the Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial, the National Park Foundation, and their partners kicked off National Park Week and the Find Your Park Campaign with the fourth annual Plant a Tree at Flight 93 reforestation event, April 17-18, 2015. In 2012, the memorial and its partners began a multi-year effort to reintroduce trees to this landscape, reestablishing woodland habitats and windbreaks, and creating a living memorial. Read more

  • Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway

    Vets on the River Program

    Men in boats prepare to leave shore.

    The scenic and recreational value of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway is bringing veterans together to bond with each other and reflect in a natural setting. Rivers of Recovery, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the rehabilitation of Iraq and Afghanistan combat veterans, is working with the Riverway to offer multi-day trips, while park staff organize fishing, camping, and family paddles, all designed to help veterans connect with the rivers. Read more

  • Gettysburg National Military Park

    Eisenhower Ticket to Ride

    Eisenhower Ticket to Ride Programs with York City Schools

    During the 2014-2015 school year, 494 students from the York City School District were able to visit Eisenhower National Historic Site with funding and support from the National Park Service Ticket to Ride grant program. Read more

  • Gettysburg National Military Park

    New Cannon Carriage Restoration Shop

    New Cannon Carriage Restoration Shop

    A partnership with the Gettysburg Foundation to create a new cannon carriage restoration shop in Gettysburg’s historic Armory complex is progressing well. The rehab of the three-car garage at the Armory complex is expected to be completed this summer. Staff should begin moving in late June with a tentative final move in date of September 1. Read more

  • Lake Mead National Recreation Area


    YMCA summer campers from North Las Vegas prepare to go kayaking on the Black Canyon Water Trail at Lake Mead National Recreation Area

    Park Rangers from Lake Mead National Recreation Area and partners from the Lower Colorado River Water Trail Alliance hosted 200 YMCA of Southern Nevada summer campers at Willow Beach June 29 to July 2 to introduce them to the Black Canyon Water Trail. The Las Vegas youth rafted and kayaked on the national water trail, giving them the chance to apply classroom lessons in a hands-on and interactive way. Read more

  • Gettysburg National Military Park

    Friends of Gettysburg Volunteer Day

    Friends of Gettysburg Volunteer Day

    On June 6, 320 Friends of Gettysburg volunteers from 19 states gathered at Gettysburg for the annual Friends volunteer day. Working together with NPS staff an incredible amount of stewardship work was accomplished in one day. Read more

  • Gettysburg National Military Park

    Expanded Education Programs

    Expanded Education Programs

    Expanded education programs at Gettysburg during the 2015-16 school year will include new “Lincoln at Gettysburg” materials to our traveling trunks, as well as NPS Centennial programs with Park Rangers presenting in classrooms at local and regional schools about the NPS, careers in parks, and our 100th birthday. Read more

  • Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

    Science and Adventure along the San Juan River

    Group photo of young smiling people outside on the sand.

    The NPS and Outdoor Foundation funded an 8-day San Juan River trip for a group of high school students from Page, Arizona. The trip, ending in early July, was a success because of the collaboration of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area with its nonprofit partner, Grand Canyon Youth. The San Juan River provided many opportunities for outdoor recreational activities, natural resource education, and involvement in resource education, and involvement in resource stewardship. Read more

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