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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  • Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park

    Blasting Art Onto the Battlefield

    Palo Alto TRT and Park Steward Interns going over a lesson

    Over the years Palo Alto Battlefield has offered lesson plans incorporating language arts, math, sciences, and social studies. This year the park explored something new – art. Read more

  • Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail

    Digital Map Connects Communities to History

    Announcing AnzaHistoricTrail.org

    The Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail and the Anza Trail Foundation have partnered on an interactive tool to explore the Anza Trail. Read more

  • Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail

    Youth Teach Youth the Relevance of the Anza Trail

    Anza Trail Ambassadors at Las Lagunas de Anza

    High schoolers from Nogales, Ariz., learn about their heritage and teach the story of the Anza Trail to area schoolchildren. Read more

  • Fire Island National Seashore

    Fire Island Treks & Hikes Foster Healthy Exploration of Seashore

    Group with day packs hike along boardwalk trail through swale between dunes.

    Fire Island National Seashore's wide range of outdoor activities, especially its 3-day, 21-mile Fire Island Trek, provide a diverse place-based interplay of recreation, natural history and cultural history, with a lingering sense of spiritual renewal. Promotion of these programs to local citizens helps increase their awareness of the value of parks to improve health and well-being. Read more

  • Youth Programs Division

    "Branching Out" Connects Youth to Landscape Management

    Young woman crouches and holds dirt while other youth observe

    In 2011, Branching Out witnessed its first participant transition into a permanent position with the National Park Service. Since then, the program has continued to successfully provide pivotal career and educational opportunities to young people with an interest in the field of landscape stewardship. Read more

  • Assateague Island National Seashore

    Ditch the Ditch

    Aerial view of the ditches crisscrossing a wetland

    Since 2008, Assateague Island National Seashore has been actively filling ditches, originally dug to drain wetlands and control mosquito populations. Research indicates otherwise and the restored wetlands allows for better and slower filtration, as well as natural habitat for animals that eat mosquitos. Read more

  • New River Gorge National River

    Class of 2016

    Teenage boy rappels down a cliff face

    In 2012, New River Gorge National River adopted 30 students from a nearby middle school. Currently, these 9th grade students are participating in education programs, service learning projects, and recreation adventures that will teach them about the National Park Service, New River Gorge National River, and their local community. The program is also designed to enable students learn about career opportunities and to develop leadership and communication skills. Read more

  • National Parks of New York Harbor

    Mather’s Spirit Lives In New High School

    Students walk through high school entrance

    On Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, a new Career and Technical Education high school opened in lower Manhattan. Named for Stephen T, Mather, the first National Park Service director and a man known for forging new paths, the school offers a hands-on curriculum in the preservation-related trades of carpentry, masonry, plastering, decorative finishing and landscape management. Read more

  • Governors Island National Monument

    School Bells Ring For Summer Seasonal Rangers

    Timarko, Gabby, Katie, Collin, Lakesha and Kevin are off to graduate school this month.

    In September, six of Governors Island's seasonal rangers who together have almost 20 seasons of experience at the park will start or return to graduate school. Read more

  • Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area

    Visitors Document Biodiversity

    Visitor leans in to take a photograph

    Park visitors, rangers and cooperating scientists took out their cameras to document biodiversity on Thompson Island on may 26th and again on Peddocks Island on September 9th. This is all part of an effort to assess the ability of the public to document bio-diversity in a non-destructive way. Traditional methods involve collection of specimens. This project involves photographic identification. Read more

  • Women's Rights National Historical Park

    Paddle with a Ranger

    Kayaks on a river

    Women’s Rights National Historical Park is now improving residents’ awareness of the natural and cultural resources right here in their back yard that can easily be viewed from the water. Guided kayak tours are being offered in the month of September to help connect people with their national park. Read more

  • Johnstown Flood National Memorial

    Pathways to Green Careers Program Completes Another Successful Year!

    Two young visitors, one wearing a Civil War-era hat

    The summer of 2013 marked the end of the second great year of the Johnstown Flood National Memorial Pathways to Green Careers Program. Park staff and volunteers engaged students at the elementary schools, middle school and high school in Greater Johnstown School District in a variety of hands-on programs, field trips and classroom sessions that connect them to their local national parks and to the cultural and natural resources in the area. Read more

  • Fort Monroe National Monument

    Collaborate & Thrive

    Group photo of volunteers on the beach

    With over 400 years of history connected to early colonial life, the quest for freedom and defense of the Nation, visitors are discovering recreation and enjoyment in the rich cultural and natural landscapes that Fort Monroe has to offer. The services and programs at the site are a shining example of cooperative management and collaboration. Read more

  • Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historical Park

    24 New Passport Stamps Commemorate the Shenandoah Valley

    Woman holds passport book with cancellation stamps

    The Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District recently added 24 new passport stamps to the Passport Program. The 24 new stamps are spread out throughout the Historic District, from Staunton to Winchester, Virginia, and represent the profound impacts that the Civil War had on the Shenandoah Valley. Read more

  • Lowell National Historical Park

    Student Career Intake Program Interns Host Youth Summit

    Youth participants gather for a group photo at an outdoor stage

    Twelve Student Career Intake Program (SCIP) interns hosted 150 youth, representing 10 Boston-area youth programs at the SCIP Youth Summit. Each year the SCIP interns plan and host the day-long summit as part of their leadership development. The event encourages participants to share their summer experiences and celebrate their successes. Read more

  • Valley Forge National Historical Park

    Valley Forge Voices Uncover African American History

    Denise Valentine, portraying Phillis Wheatley, sits with young girls after her writing program

    The Voices of Valley Forge workshop series was held in July and August at Valley Forge National Historical Park in order to showcase the untold stories of African Americans in our nation’s foundation and our contemporary communities. Scholars, historians, artists and performers held participatory workshops for children and their families to bring history alive through re-enactments, learning simulations, spoken word poetry, storytelling, music and dance. Read more

  • New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

    Finding Freedom? Follow the Lead of the Youth Ambassador Program (YAP!)

    YAP! members with Director Jon Jarvis and YAP! member Soulo in a blue kayak

    YAP! researched the Underground Railroad, wrote lyrics and premiered their new song “North Star” at the Fort Dupont Summer Concert Series in one week! The ambitious experiential schedule included visiting Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument, kayaking in the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, camping at Greenbelt Park, biking at Fort Dupont Park, touring Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, visiting the National Mall, Smithsonian and performing live. Read more

  • New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

    Learners to Teachers Climb to the Top in Massachusetts

    Shadows of the Learners to Teachers and the inside of Nauset Light at Cape Cod National Seashore

    Learners to Teachers, an urban youth group with New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park earned second place in the Lowell Youth Summit Media Arts Contest. Their submission of Visual Arts Media is a presentation entitled, In my Backyard, which highlights their summer adventures in Boston, Cape Cod, and the South Coast. Read more

  • George Washington Birthplace National Monument

    Native American Heritage Day Celebrated at George Washington's Birthplace

    Native American Traditional Dance

    On Saturday, August 17th, demonstrations and static displays by the Rappahannock Tribe served to remind us that people inhabited the Virginia Tidewater area long before Europeans arrived. Read more

  • Independence National Historical Park

    Benjamin Franklin Museum Opens for Preview Days

    Exhibit in the Benjamin Franklin Museum

    Independence National Historical Park will reopen the Benjamin Franklin Museum beginning with Museum Preview Days on August 24. Visitors can preview the museum until the Grand Opening on September 19 organized by the Friends of Independence National Historical Park. Located in the internationally acclaimed Franklin Court, the museum is dedicated to the life, times and legacy of Benjamin Franklin. Visitors of all ages will be able to immerse themselves in the 18th century Read more

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