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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  • Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

    Battle of Bladensburg Dodgeball

    Kids play a game of Battle of Bladensburg dodgeball.

    The National Park Service Chesapeake Bay teaches Anne Arundel County youth about two national historic trails. Read more

  • Home Of Franklin D Roosevelt National Historic Site

    Covering Climate Change in the Classroom

    Covering Climate Change in the Classroom

    A day-long program designed to inspire engagement and action instead of despair and denial when confronted with troubling scientific information. Read more

  • George Washington Birthplace National Monument

    Holiday Spirit Growing Talent

    2014 Holiday Decorating Memorial House GEWA

    A VIP today, possible future National Park Service employee tomorrow? Read more

  • Gateway National Recreation Area

    ECOLife at Fort Wadsworth

    A group of students stand near the Verrazano bridge

    ECOlife brings sustainable living education programs to New York City students Read more

  • Gateway National Recreation Area

    Growing a Wild Brooklyn and Queens

    A woman and young girl point at a flower.

    Twelve schools are participating in this year-long, multi-visit program in which students learn how to observe, monitor and record data about pollinator species found in Gateway National Recreation Area. Read more

  • Denali National Park & Preserve

    Students receive a ticket to ride to discover Denali National Park and Preserve

    A group of students and instructors smiling while riding a bus

    In August and September of 2014, Denali National Park and Preserve hosted two separate programs that brought students from the local community and across the state into the park for hands-on experiential learning experiences. Read more

  • Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail

    Anza Trail Sets a New Standard for Bilingual Exhibits

    San Gabriel Wayside Dedication

    Community partners have a new resource to develop contemporary, bilingual exhibits along the 1,200-mile Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail Read more

  • Denali National Park & Preserve

    Murie Science and Learning Center Program of Research Fellowships

    Two man stand on a grassy hillside taking a picture with a camera on a tripod

    The National Park Service is committed to supporting the professional development of young scientists. The Murie Science and Learning Center (MSLC), located within and operated by Denali National Park and Preserve, achieves this goal by providing financial support for graduate students through its Program of Research Fellowships. The Fellowships are available to students conducting research in any of Alaska's eight northern national parks. Read more

  • Cane River Creole National Historical Park

    Park Hosts Naturalization Ceremony

    Group of people with their right hand raised during a Naturalization Ceremony

    Park celebrates 20th anniversary with a naturalization ceremony. Read more

  • Kenai Fjords National Park


    The 2014 staff of YCC's and GS-3 seasonal park guides.

    A new program at Kenai Fjords gives local youth a chance to find a career with the NPS. Read more

  • Denali National Park & Preserve

    Denali’s Bug Bioblitz provided chances for active learning and scientific discoveries

    Park ranger smiles as she watches a child looking into a magnifying box

    In July, 2014, seven arthropod researchers from across the United States journeyed to Denali National Park and Preserve to take part in the Park's first ever "Bug Bioblitz". The goals of this citizen science event were to increase our knowledge about insect diversity in Denali and to engage the public in research side-by-side with scientists. Read more

  • Cane River Creole National Historical Park

    Students Play Historic Baseball Game

    Students playing baseball.

    Cane River Creole partnered with the baseball team from Northwestern State University to educate kids on teamwork, healthy life styles , and local history by playing baseball. Read more

  • Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park

    America’s Classroom: Bringing Your National Park to Students Nationwide

    Screen shot of Community at War website

    Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park has launched a dynamic new web-based curriculum utilizing a variety of media to engage students with the diverse history of the Civil War. Read more

  • Gateway National Recreation Area

    Celebrating the Light

    Crowds line up for tours of the 250 year-old lighthouse

    The Sandy Hook Lighthouse was lighted for the first time on June 11, 1764, and to mark the historic occasion, the Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area held a celebration event on June 14, 2014. Read more

  • Minute Man National Historical Park

    Clearing and Cleaning Land - The Work of the Volunteers on Public Lands Day

    Volunteers clearing a trail.

    On Public Lands Day, park volunteers put in many hours clearing brush and weeds to prepare land for an archeological investigation, picked up litter throughout the park, and opened seldom-seen historic houses for the public. Read more

  • Minute Man National Historical Park

    Wounded Warrior Soldier Ride

    Cyclists biking down road.

    Four hundred cyclists participated in the Wounded Warrior Project Boston Soldier Ride, including members of the military who had been wounded in combat. The course looped through local towns and ended at the Minute Man National Historical Park. Read more

  • Minute Man National Historical Park

    Volunteers Make Education Programs Successful

    School children following colonial re-enactor outside historic house.

    Volunteers provide essential support which enables over 300 education programs to occur for school children at the park. The programs feature historic weapons demonstrations which require safety officers. Park volunteers trained for and fill this required safety officer role which makes it possible for thousands of school children to see a glimpse of the type of battle fought in 1775. Read more

  • Minute Man National Historical Park

    5th Annual Battle Road Open House – Collaboration with Concord Museum

    Volunteers and visitors in front of historic house

    During the annual Battle Road Open House, visitors can see some of the park’s restored historic homes that are not regularly open, view living-history demonstrations, and participate in hands-on activities. In 2014, the park worked with the Concord Museum to have a day of free admission to the museum’s important “Shot Heard Round the World” exhibit so visitors could view artifacts from April 19, 1775 in the context of a visit to the park where the fateful events unfolded. Read more

  • Minute Man National Historical Park

    Restoring a Touch of Humanity Brings Life to the Past

    Living-history volunteers in front of historic house.

    The Lincoln Minute Men, a local volunteer living history organization with strong ties to Minute Man National Historical Park, collaborated with park staff to locate and purchase appropriate reproduction items for Captain William Smith House, creating an interpretive exhibit and turning the empty structure into a home. The Smith House is a reminder of 1775 and the people who lived on the Battle Road during the turbulent days leading up to the American Revolution. Read more

  • Marsh - Billings - Rockefeller National Historical Park

    Living Language Program Successful Park School Partnership

    Advanced Language Students

    Through innovative partnership between Woodstock Union High School MAC Language teachers & Park staff, advanced language (both french and spanish) students connect to the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP stewardship stories in their studied languages. Read more

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