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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  • Fort Stanwix National Monument

    Archeology Day Celebration at Fort Stanwix National Monument

    Displays, flint knapping demonstration, a boy and his family learn about tools archeologists use and a group tours the collection facility

    One Saturday each year, archeology is celebrated as a means of connecting people to the past. At Fort Stanwix National Monument, visitors had the chance to learn about the park’s archeological sites and hear about archeology in their own back yard. Read more

  • Arts Inspire New and Fresh Perspectives on National Parks

    Teens create arts at Peters Valley School of Craft

    All 401 national parks are connected by their power to inspire. Weir Farm National Historic Site (WEFA, Connecticut) and Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (DEWA, New Jersey and Pennsylvania) teamed up to offer an immersive youth arts program at the Peters Valley School of Craft along the Delaware River. With the help of artists and rangers, teens learned about the national parks and their connection to the arts. Read more

  • New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

    New Bedford Area High School Students Contribute to New B Under the Sea Research

    three high school students hold tension on the line of a lobster pot filled with objects to test.

    "I never thought I'd be working with the National Park Service,” said a local high school student today. Thanks to a Park Stewards Grant from the National Park Foundation, students from Greater New Bedford Vocational Technical High School Environmental Science and Technology shop sunk a lobster pot in New Bedford harbor today-but they don’t plan on catching any lobsters. Read more

  • Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts

    Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts Campout for First Time Campers

    Group photo of participants in front of the Meadow Pavilion

    Most people associate Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts with the opera, picnics on the Filene Center lawn or children’s performances at Theatre-in-the-Woods. But, on Sunday September 28th and Monday September 29th, a walk through the park would have confused some, as it looked more like Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park, than the meadow at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. Read more

  • Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts

    Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts “Pianos in the Park” program

    A painted piano along a fence line and path

    In the spring of 2014, WOTR launched a new initiative dubbed “Pianos in the Park.” Inspired by other "pianos in public spaces" programs, we placed painted pianos, all in playable condition, in various highly visible locations throughout the park. The pianos were donated to the park by local citizens, then repaired and tuned by park staff and volunteers. They were painted by local artists, students from a local elementary school and a group of our YCC summer employees. Read more

  • Fire Island National Seashore

    A Coastal Classroom: Reaching the Next Generation of Park Stewards

    Students use a magnifying glass to take a closer look at sand grains.

    New Common CORE-aligned activities and an Educator's Resource Guide help connect teachers and students to Fire Island National Seashore's nationally significant natural and cultural features. Free teacher workshops and education materials further enhance the Seashore's education program, and strive to reach the next generation of national park stewards. Read more

  • Lowell National Historical Park

    Free Fun for Kids and Art in the Park

    Free Fun for Kids and Art in the Park

    Families visiting Lowell National Historical Park had the opportunity to participate at "Free Fun for Kids" at Boardinghouse Park held throughout the summer. Read more

  • Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site

    Runners Race Around Bent's Old Fort

    Runners pass by the front of Bent's Old Fort

    La Junta Junior/Senior High Cross Country Meet was held at Bent's Old Fort NHS on Thursday, October 3, 2014. Over 100 runners and about 200 spectators enjoyed the historic and natural setting of the park on a beautiful fall afternoon. Read more

  • Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve

    International Migratory Bird Day

    kayak safety training

    This migratory bird event increases public awareness and involvement in bird conservation. Birds are economically important and a priceless part of America’s natural heritage—and they are critical indicators of environmental health upon which we all depend. Read more

  • Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve

    Pumpkin Hill Creek Scenic Natural Vista

    dock stretching into marsh

    When initially proposed the cell tower located on property adjacent to the preserve was a 195 foot stealth tower meeting most of the criteria in the City’s zoning code, with the exception of one. It would be visible to the waterway and access points along Pumpkin Hill Creek. Read more

  • Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve

    Dragonfly Larvae Survey

    ranger and citizen scientist

    Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve partnered with Jacksonville University (JU) to organize dragonfly larvae collection into a citizen science activity. Read more

  • Denali National Park & Preserve

    Denali Provides a Week of Learning and Job Shadowing to Local High School Students

    A researcher stands with a group of students around a tripod

    In late August, 2014, Denali National Park and Preserve hosted a week-long “Intensive” learning program for all 57 high school students in the Denali Borough. Students spent the week engaged – hands-on – in the complexities of how and why the National Park Service works to preserve and protect Denali. Read more

  • New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

    Next Generation of Park Stewards Recognized

    A stroll down Water Street in 1851

    The Junior Ranger Service Corps of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park received the National Park Service, Northeast Region George and Helen Hartzog Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service, Youth Group Category. Read more

  • Lowell National Historical Park

    Mass Parks Student Career Intake Program: New Hire and Retention Milestone.

    Saoran Roeuth with her 5 year government service award.

    SCIP interns Resi Polixa and Saoran Roeuth achieved major milestones this year. Read more

  • Lowell National Historical Park

    Lowell Spindle City Corps Youth: Serving While Exploring

    Lowell Spindle City Corp with bags of waste material from a recent clean-up.

    Spindle City Corp provides 1000 hours plus of work to help Lowell National Historical Park and the greater Lowell community. Read more

  • Lowell National Historical Park

    Youth Engage in Historic Preservation: Trades Skills Program at Lowell NHP

    Trade Skills intern John Kheoloung and park electrician, Bob Moretti.

    Vocational students from the Greater Lowell Regional Vocational Technical High School participate in a job skills training program working on historic preservation projects at Lowell National Historical Park. Read more

  • Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve

    Safety Leaders at Glacier Bay!

    Glacier Bay staff are safety professionals.

    Glacier Bay empowers employees to use critical thinking skills in daily risk management and to embrace safety as part of their professional identitity. Read more

  • Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site

    Art in the Parks

    Woodstock School of Art at the Eleanor Roosevelt NHS

    In partnership with Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites, the Woodstock School of Art held 3 classes onsite at the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site at Val-Kill during the week of July 7 -12. Read more

  • Home Of Franklin D Roosevelt National Historic Site

    Voices of the Hudson Valley

    Park Ranger, Victor Pennes engages audience at the listening matters workshop in conversation.

    For the last year, the park has been one of five Hudson Valley repositories working with a local organization called Sound and Story to bring these and many other stories to life for the public through a project called “Voices of the Hudson Valley.” Read more

  • Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site

    Student Artwork is Keeping the Dream Alive

    Student Artwork exhibited in the Visitor Center at the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt NHS.

    A pictorial exploration of Eleanor Roosevelt's commitment to Human Rights. Read more

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