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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    Sing Across America

    Singing in front of President Harry S Truman's home

    “Sing Across America” brought young people together to express the human connection to nature through song, and to celebrate national parks and special places in their communities. The project was coordinated by artist Louise Phillips, who wrote the lyrics to the “Children’s Earth Anthem.” Charles Eversole, Artistic Director for the Singing Angels, composed the music. Read more

  • Gulf Islands National Seashore

    A Musket on His Shoulder

    Historic Image of African American Soldiers on Ship Island.

    Celebrating the history of African American soldiers on Ship Island, Mississippi from 1863 to 1870. Read more

  • 1840s Are Alive Again: 2015 Fur Trade Symposium at Bent’s Fort

    Many people in the plaza of Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site

    Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site in partnership with many other sponsors presented the 2015 Fur Trade Symposium from September 23 to September 26, 2015. More than 175 registered participants took part in this year’s event which also included period music presentations in the evening, field trips to area fur trade sites, and a performance by the Koshare Dancers of La Junta. The symposium culminated with a banquet and fandango in the fort plaza attended by 300. Read more

  • Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site

    NPS Historicorps

    Five men working at Bents Old Fort

    The National Park Service, through Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site, in partnership with Lamar Community College and the non-profit group HistoriCorps, sponsored a hands-on field school for students this summer.  From July 14 to August 14, 2014, students from the college’s Historic Preservation Program worked with NPS staff to complete on-going preservation work on the fort. Read more

  • John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

    Special Hiking Programs

    A photography group tours the Painted Hills at John Day Fossil Beds

    During the centennial, the NPS long-standing tradition of ranger hikes and tours continued and expanded to include special guest speakers such as researchers, scientists, and staff experts. Read more

  • John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

    Social Media Photo Contest and Art Exhibit

    Twitter user @sydneymadisonnn won the Social Media Photo Contest by submitting this picture of the Painted Hills.

    Twitter user @sydneymadisonnn won the Social Media Photo Contest with a combined 146 Facebook and Twitter likes! Read more

  • John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

    Night Sky Programs

    The Milky Way at John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

    The rural area of John Day Fossil Beds National Monument has some of the lowest light pollution in the continental United States and allows some of the darkest skies in the nation! Read more

  • John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

    Artist-in-Residence Paint Along

    This centennial year, Artist-in-Residence Daniel Crowe lead a class of beginning and advanced art enthusiasts to paint at the historic Cant Ranch.

    This centennial year, Artist-in-Residence Daniel Crowe lead a class of beginning and advanced art enthusiasts to paint at the historic Cant Ranch. Read more

  • Shiloh National Military Park

    Shiloh Celebrates the Centennial in Unique Fashion

    A large crowd enjoys music on the battlefield

    Shiloh celebrated the NPS Centennial with a Summer Concert Series on the battlefield. Read more

  • Shiloh National Military Park

    Shiloh Rangers Present Virtual Civil War Drummer Program for Kids in Japan

    Shiloh staff pose with students in Yokosuka, Japan

    Shiloh rangers presented a virtual Civil War drummer lesson to students of sailors of the USS Shiloh currently deployed in Japan. Read more

  • Minute Man National Historical Park

    Dirt brings Parks to Classroom

    samples from NPS sites

    How a biology class visited over a dozen sites throughout the country without leaving Oregon during one summer. Read more

  • Lowell National Historical Park

    One float, two parades and three parks

    Lowell, Salem and Saugus Iron Works celebrate the Centennial.

    Lowell, Salem and Saugus Iron Works celebrate the Centennial for Haunted Happenings and City of Lights. Read more

  • Vicksburg National Military Park

    Saving our Shared Heritage

    Living History interpreters in period dress at the Shirley House

    Vicksburg National Military Park celebrates 50 years of the National Historic Preservation Act with special programs and volunteer projects. Read more

  • Fort Scott National Historic Site

    35th Annual Candlelight Tour at Fort Scott Wraps up NPS Centennial Observance

    Soldiers and laundresses enjoying a social gathering

    On December 2 and 3, 2016, Fort Scott National Historic Site hosted its 35th Annual Candlelight Tour. This year, the tour was built on a theme of celebration in commemoration of the NPS Centennial. 515 people attended the event over two nights. Read more

  • Rock Creek Park

    Fourth graders design their own landscapes

    Fourth grade students stand around a table as they discuss what to put on their landscape base

    Fourth grade students in Washington D.C. learned how to design a landscape and then teamed up to build 3-D models of their landscape design. Read more

  • Fort Larned National Historic Site

    Larned High School Students Challenge the Prairie

    Teenagers pushing a wagon.

    Larned High School students compete in a series of challenges based on 19th century activities in the Fort Larned Prairie Survivor Day. Read more

  • Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park

    Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park Signals to the Next Generation

    A living historian teaches a visiting youth about signaling during the Civil War.

    On June 18, Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, in partnership with the Signal Mountain History Committee, Tennessee State Parks - Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail, living historians from the 9th Kentucky, and the Friends of the Park, provided another great National Park Service centennial event entitled "Signaling to the Next Generation" on Signal Mountain, Tennessee. Read more

  • Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park

    Bike, Paddle, Play at Moccasin Bend – Centennial Event

    John McCutcheon speaks to paddlers about law enforcement on Moccasin Bend.

    On Saturday, July 30, Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park held its third centennial event, “Bike, Paddle, Play at Moccasin Bend.”  This was the third of six events highlighting a different area of the park, and these events are designed to reach new audiences that have not previously engaged with the park’s Civil War story. Read more

  • Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park

    Creating a Neighborhood Link: Glass Street to Sherman Reservation – Chickamauga & Cha

    Visitors interact with park rangers and with 3 story tall puppets.

    The park completed it's sixth and final Centennial event on Saturday, September 24 at Sherman Reservation. Partnering with the Glass House Collective, Sierra Club, Southeast Conservation Corps and the Land Trust we were able to successfully connect the 73rd Pennsylvania Reservation with Sherman Reservation on Missionary Ridge. Read more

  • Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park

    Blues in the Knob: A National Park Service Centennial Even on Orchard Knob in Chattan

    Blues music played during Blues in the Knob

    On Saturday, September 10, Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, the Orchard Knob Neighborhood Association, and the Friends of the Park partnered to provide "Blues in the Knob," the fifth of six centennial celebrations within the national military park. Read more

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