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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  • Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site

    Hot Iron, Hot Art

    An outdoor Iron Pour underway at Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site

    A roaring flame dances feverishly atop a hot furnace spewing orange molten iron into the angled ladle of an ironworker. A child’s eyes widen as they watch the ironworker pour the liquid fire into a mold of compressed sand – a mold the child carved by hand just moments earlier. The molten iron hisses and bubbles as it sloshes to and fro in the sand, slowly transforming from an orange soup into a metallic square. Read more

  • African Burial Ground National Monument

    Reuniting the African Family -- Manifesting the Dream

    Wood carved reburial coffin with female figure

    The National Park Service is commemorating the 10th anniversary of the re-interment with a weeklong observance running from Oct. 1 through Oct. 5. The commemoration not only tells the story of those who were buried there, but celebrates the commitment and hard work of those who helped bring African Burial Ground National Monument into being. Read more

  • Youth Programs Division

    “Trades Skills” Actively Engages Youth in Historic Preservation

    Trades Skills students restoring toll sign at Lowell NHP

    Parents of skilled trade students at the Greater Lowell Vocational High School constantly call the Cooperative Education Placement Coordinator at home to request that their children be placed in the Lowell National Historical Park Trades Skills Program for their coop field experience. Students engage in field-based historic preservation experiential learning opportunities working alongside NPS carpenters, painters, electricians and mechanics in park resources. Read more

  • Weir Farm National Historic Site

    100 National Park Artists Featured on New Website

    A painting of a rocky shore, with cool colors

    A new website, http://www.visitnationalparkarts.org/, showcases these adventuresome artists and their artworks, giving us a new palette to spark imagination about our national parks. Read more

  • Thomas Stone National Historic Site

    Concert on the Porch

    Concert-Port Tobacco Pickers

    Music once again reveberated from the home of Thomas Stone, a Signer of the Declaration of Independence. Read more

  • Petroglyph National Monument

    Healthy Parks, Healthy Neighbors

    Albuquerque Prescription Trail Guide

    Hundreds of these trail guides were made available to area physicians for distribution to their patients. 70 different walking trails in the Albuquerque area are described in detail for individuals to experience their local resources and improve their health by walking these trails. Read more

  • Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor

    Get Your Tail on the Trail

    A family walks across a wooden bridge in a forest

    Get Your Tail on the Trail is a community wellness initiative that strives to get people off the couch, get moving and get healthier by taking advantage of the amazing outdoor resources in our own backyards.  St. Luke’s University Health Network and the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor have partnered to produce this community initiative which encourages participants to take the “165 Mile Challenge” to walk, run or bike a total of 165 miles from June to October. Read more

  • Eisenhower National Historic Site

    World War II Weekend

    A row of World War II living history participants

    This weekend, the National Park Service sponsored its annual World War II living history weekend at Eisenhower National Historic Site. Several hundred living history enthusiasts from over 40 organizations portrayed military personnel from the European Theater in 1944. The army encampments featured American, Canadian, Polish, Soviet, and regular German Army troops along with original World War II vehicles. Read more

  • John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor

    The Blackstone Canal District Horse and Wagon Tours: Providing a Unique Perspective

    Bobby Largess leading his team of horses and wagon through the Worcester Canal District.

    The Blackstone Canal District Horse and Wagon Tours, operated by local high school students and volunteers, is offering horse drawn wagon tours of the Worcester Canal District. Students are presenting first-person interpretation that they researched and wrote. Read more

  • Valley Forge National Historical Park

    Seeking Sustainable Solutions: Valley Forge NHP Holds Climate Friendly Parks Workshop

    New trees planted at Valley Forge National Historical Park

    Park staff and partners joined a variety of local and national experts during a two-day workshop to explore ways to make park operations more sustainable. Five major areas of park operations were targeted: Fleet and Transportation, Energy Use, Landscape Management, Water Use, and Purchasing and Waste. Valley Forge hopes to become a certified Climate Friendly Park later this year. Read more

  • Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River

    From Tap to Source

    Students standing by kayaks on the Delaware River

    High School students from the New Dawn Charter School in Brooklyn, NY came to explore the source of their drinking water: the Delaware River. Thirty eight students drove three hours to Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River where they go the opportunity to kayak eight miles on the Upper Delaware River. Read more

  • Chesapeake Bay

    Chesapeake Youth Corps Helps Partners Build All-Sensory Trail

    Four youth build and hang a bamboo windchime.

    Over 3 weeks in summer, 2013, Chesapeake Youth Corps partners at the Anne Arundel County (MD) Recreation and Parks Department designed and constructed an all-sensory trail with the help of youth corps participants. Read more

  • Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

    Native Conservation Corps Builds Bridges

    Native Conservation Corps participants in front of  Rainbow Bridge natural arch

    For the third consecutive year, the Native Conservation Corps program has played an integral role in developing the next generation of public land stewards. During June and July, seven Native American youth were exposed to a diverse set of career opportunities at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Rainbow Bridge National Monument, and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Read more

  • Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site

    The Butler Did It? "Downstairs/Upstairs" at Vanderbilt Mansion NHS

    Moving through the house using the back stairs

    A new program encourages visitors to explore life in the opulent Vanderbilt Mansion from a servant's perspective. Read more

  • 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

  • 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

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