NPS Centennial

The National Park Service turned 100 on August 25, 2016, and we're celebrating all year long! Throughout 2016, we invite you to participate in Find Your Park Experiences to learn, discover, be inspired, or simply have fun in national parks. Find Your Park Experiences offer unique opportunities to explore national parks both in person and online. Check out the experiences in this park or search all experiences to identify an opportunity that matches your interests. You can also share your national park story at

A Call to Action remains the foundation for our 2016 centennial efforts. It is the National Park Service's blueprint for the future, outlining the innovative work we want to accomplish. New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park is a big part of this effort. Take a look at what we're doing and get involved!



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Call to Action Projects 

  • Hokule'a Visited New Bedford & We Loved It!

    Hokule'a voyaging canoe preparing to dock in New Bedford.

    On July 5 - 8 at Coast Guard Park, south side of State Pier, visitors had the opportunity to meet the crew and view a traditional Hawaiian double-hulled voyage canoe, Hokule'a, as it made a historic visit to New Bedford. Read more

  • Success with BIERSTADT Nature & National Identity Exhibit!

    Image of park staff at the Bierstadt Exhibit

    On Friday June 3rd the staff of New Beford Whaling National Historical Park joined the New Bedford Art Muesum/Artworks!, the City of New Bedford, and other partner organizations for the grand opening of the Centennial exhibit titled: BIERSTADT Nature & National Identity. Read more

  • New Bedford Area High School Students Contribute to New B Under the Sea Research

    three high school students hold tension on the line of a lobster pot filled with objects to test.

    "I never thought I'd be working with the National Park Service,” said a local high school student today. Thanks to a Park Stewards Grant from the National Park Foundation, students from Greater New Bedford Vocational Technical High School Environmental Science and Technology shop sunk a lobster pot in New Bedford harbor today-but they don’t plan on catching any lobsters. Read more

  • Next Generation of Park Stewards Recognized

    A stroll down Water Street in 1851

    The Junior Ranger Service Corps of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park received the National Park Service, Northeast Region George and Helen Hartzog Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service, Youth Group Category. Read more

  • Youth Ambassador Program (YAP!) Teacher's Online Resource Guide

    Cover page of YAP!'s Teacher's Online Resource Guide

    The Youth Ambassador Program (YAP!) is excited to announce our new Teacher’s Resource Guide is now available online. The free resource guide is designed to accompany the Youth Ambassador Program’s debut album, Edutainment Movement. Links are provided to songs, videos, and National Park Service lesson plans that educate students on topics ranging from immigration to sustainability. Read more

A Call to Action Projects for New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

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New Bedford, MA 02740



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