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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  • Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site

    Monarch Tagging at Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site

    Student tagging a monarch butterfly

    Students spent the day tagging Monarch Butterflies as part of the Monarch Watch Program. The watch helps scientists determine the migration pattern. Read more

  • Mammoth Cave National Park

    People go batty for Bat Night

    Visitors view bats in Mammoth Cave vestibule.

    How do bat researchers learn about the small mysterious creatures of the night? With cool, geeky bat monitoring equipment, like night-vision goggles and acoustic recorders, of course. How do you take the mystery out of bats? By inviting people to be bat geeks on International Bat Night at Mammoth Cave National Park. Read more

  • Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

    Rangers Partner with Community Commercial Tour Guides

    Learning about the Mauna Ulu eruption

    More than 500 commercial tour guides representing 160 companies on Hawai‘i Island have completed training seminars in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, and have a deeper understanding of the biology, geology, and Hawaiian cultural connection of the park to share with their guests. Read more

  • New England National Scenic Trail

    Conserving Lands along the New England National Scenic Trail

    Connecticut River Oxbow from the Mount Holyoke Range

    The Massachusetts Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs recently awarded a $1.5M Landscape Partnership grant to protect nearly 1200 acres on the iconic Mount Holyoke Range which includes the New England Trail. This land protection initiative, which targets lands identified by the Nature Conservancy for climate change resilience, will be led by the Kestrel Land Trust and local communities along the New England Trail. Read more

  • Blue Ridge Parkway

    My Mountain Home

    Mountain cabin on Blue Ridge Parkway

    Local elementary students were invited to visit the Blue Ridge Parkway’s 1890s era Humpback Rocks Mountain Farm last fall to learn about and compare life a century ago with life today. Read more

  • Craters Of The Moon National Monument & Preserve

    Snowshoeing on the Moon

    students snowshoeing

    Over 1100 students visited Craters of the Moon for an unforgettable educational experience this winter. Read more

  • Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site

    Youth Council Provides Feedback to Site

    Ranger Joan Wilson speaks with members of the Youth Leadership Advisory Council.

    Park Ranger Joan Wilson has taken the lead in engaging Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site's first Youth Leadership Advisory Council (YLAC). The council, made up of local high school students, is actively engaged in helping the park chart out a course to success in reaching new audiences. Read more

  • Blue Ridge Parkway

    Reading and Writing with Rangers

    Displaying reading and writing skills

    Blue Ridge Parkway Rangers are helping 3rd graders from a local Spruce Pine, NC school develop their reading and writing skills as they learn about parkway resources. Read more

  • Andersonville National Historic Site

    New Traveling Exhibit to Share the Prisoner of War Story With New Audiences

    A group of people stand by exhibit panels and cut a red ribbon.

    A multi-year partnership resulted in the completion of "Victory From Within: The American Prisoner of War Experience," a new traveling exhibit produced by Andersonville National Historic Site in partnership with the Friends of Andersonville and American Ex-Prisoners of War. Read more

  • Gulf Islands National Seashore

    Soundside Serenade

    Members of the Santa Rosa Strings Quartet.

    Classical music blended with the sound of surf along the shores of Santa Rosa Sound at the Soundside Serenade, held under the trees at the Naval Live Oaks Area of Gulf Islands National Seashore, Florida. Read more

  • Blue Ridge Parkway

    Building Confidence in the Great Outdoors

    Children with a ranger in the classroom

    During the summer of 2013, the staff of the Pisgah interpretive district collaborated with the Asheville Parks and Recreation Division to present on-site interpretive programs at the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center. Children came on four different occasions for hands-on, experiential learning activities focused on the local resources of the Blue Ridge Parkway and how they can experience them. Read more

  • Blue Ridge Parkway

    Music and Arts in the Mountains

    An artist painting along the Blue Ridge Parkway

    We will showcase the meaning of parks to new audiences through dance, music, visual arts, writing, and social media. To do so we will launch 25 artist-led expeditions that involve youth in creating new expressions of the park experience through fresh perspectives and new technology. Read more

  • Blue Ridge Parkway

    Blue Ridge Musical Heritage

    Mid-Day Mountain Music at the Blue Ridge Music Center

    Students, teachers and visitors learn more about the musical history of southwestern Virginia by attending free concerts, visiting the Roots of American Music Museum and the Blue Ridge Music Center or by traveling along Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, “The Crooked Road” into the local communities that surround the Blue Ridge Parkway. Read more

  • Blue Ridge Parkway

    Up Close and Personal With the American Revolution

    Living History Program on the Blue Ridge Parkway

    Youth from western North Carolina are having a full sensory experience learning about the connections between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the American Revolution. Read more

  • Cane River Creole National Historical Park

    Rangers and Kids Count Birds at Cloutierville School

    Students Count Birds

    Rangers and students count birds at Cloutierville School. Read more

  • Gulf Islands National Seashore

    Civil War Kids

    Kids at a Civil War camp.

    Gulf Islands National Seashore has played an active role in enhancing the education and preservation of our American heritage. During the summer months, kids from across the country have participated in the park's Junior Ranger series, the Civil War Kids Camp. Hands-on discovery such as making hardtack, sending code, dressing in aprons and uniforms, washing clothes, rolling bandages are used to instill a deeper understanding of our nation's past. Read more

  • Gulf Islands National Seashore

    Turtle Talk in the Night

    Ranger and taxidermied sea turtle.

    Since 2008, Gulf Islands National Seashore has been educating visitors about the plight of sea turtles, and the trials they face while navigating the beaches along the northern Gulf. Partnering with the Escambia Amateur Astronomy Association, millions of visitors have learned the importance of preserving the Seashore's unique dark sky vista's. Hands-on education, during the park's Full Moon Walks, allows all ages the opportunity to get to know these endangered Gulf reptiles. Read more

  • Cane River Creole National Historical Park

    Cane River Creole NHP and New Orleans Jazz NHP present "Freedom is Coming" Concert

    Elaine Foster and Matt Hampsey

    Cane River Creole NHP partners with New Orleans Jazz NHP and Asbury United Methodist Church to present "Freedom Is Coming Concert". Read more

  • Thomas Stone National Historic Site

    "Echoes of Liberty" at Signer of Declaration's House

    Photo of exhibt

    The exhibit traces the ideal of “liberty” throughout history and through time. Read more

  • Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

    Journey through Waterways and Walkways to Wellness at Glen Canyon National Recreation

    Active Trails participants were inspired by Glen Canyon National Recreation Area landscapes.

    Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and partners recently wrapped up a National Park Foundation Active Trails grant funded program focused on improving overall community wellness by connecting local Native American youth and adults to their National Recreation Area through engagement in land and water based outdoor recreation activities. Read more

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