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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  • Tucson Sees 100 Classroom Presentations for the National Park Service Centennial

    a storyteller surrounded by school children

    The Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail and the nonprofit Environmental Education Exchange partnered to deliver 100 classroom presentations in Tucson during the National Park Service Centennial Read more

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    Park Prescription Day 2016

    Park Rx Logo

    On April 24, 2016, the public was invited to join Saguaro National Park staff, state and local officials, health care providers, military veterans and Jefferson Park neighbors to walk, bike, or run 1.75-miles along a proposed Health and History Loop Trail connecting Banner-University Medical Center to the historic Jefferson Park neighborhood. The proposed trail will be the first public-private wellness trail in Arizona, designed so that doctors can prescribe a walk in nature Read more

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    Tourism to Saguaro National Park creates $66.5 million in Economic Benefit for Tucson

    Cactus forest

    A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 753,440 visitors to Saguaro National Park in 2015 spent nearly $47.5 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 691 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $66.5 million. Read more

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    2016 Citizen Science Interns

    Group of Citizen Science interns

    Saguaro National Park has teamed up with the local community who serve as Citizen Scientist for the Centennial Saguaro Survey of 2015-2016. Read more

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    2016 Tucson Festival of Books Opportunities to "Find Your Park"

    Visitor pinning her favorite park on a map of national parks nationwide

    On March 12 and 13, 2016 local residents and visitors were encouraged to "Find Your Park" at the Festival of Books on the University of Arizona Mall. Saguaro National Park was one of 20 of other national parks across the west in the National Parks Experience pavilion sponsored by Western National Parks Association. Read more

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    Centennial Celebrations at Saguaro National Park

    Saguaro National Park mascot Sunny the Saguaro and NPS Intermountain Regional Director Sue Masica

    Saguaro National Park hosted special events in March 2016 celebrating our 83rd Birthday and the NPS Centennial. Read more

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    Saguaro National Park at the Philadelphia Flower Show

    Ranger Carolyn and the saguaro cactus display at the Philadelphia Flower Show

    Saguaro National Park was chosen as one of 16 National Park Sites to have displays created in honor of the NPS Centennial. Saguaro staff provided photos and videos for reference to the artists. Ranger Carolyn, one of our Next Generation Ranger Corps interns traveled to Philadelphia in order to represent Saguaro National Park and talk about Centennial Citizen Science programs. Read more

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    Citizen scientists participate in Saguaro NP’s Centennial Saguaro Survey

    Volunteers measure the height of a young saguaro during the Centennial Saguaro Survey.

    In celebration of the NPS Centennial, Saguaro National Park recently completed a successful citizen science program monitoring long-term saguaro plots called the Centennial Saguaro Survey. Over 475 volunteers from all over the United States contributed over 3000 hours of service to gather information about the ever changing cactus forest. Read more

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    Celebrating 100 years of National Parks and 83 years of Saguaro Science

    Centennial Saguaro

    In 2016 Saguaro National Park celebrated its 83rd birthday with the National Park Service! This photo is a composite of our Centennial Saguaro as it has grown over the years. Just like our Centennial Saguaro, the park has become an iconic staple of the southwest, branching it's arms out to connect with local communities while stabilizing our cultural roots. Read more

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    NPS Celebrates Centennial Year with the Tucson community at the Rodeo Parade

    NPS staff from Southern Arizona marched in the annual Fiesta de Los Vaqueros

    Park Staff from Saguaro National Park, Tumacácori National Historical Park, Coronado National Memorial, Montezuma Castle National Monument and Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument marched in the annual Fiesta de Los Vaqueros! Many people loved Jasmine, the Saguaro Centennial Donkey who walked with us as our equine unit. We are excited to celebrate our Centennial Year with the Tucson community and urge everyone to come #FindYourPark! Read more

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    Honoring 100 Years of the National Park Service-Textile Style

    A collage of the centennial quilt collection

    Saguaro National Park displayed 13 art quilts created to celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service during February at the Arizona State Museum, on the University of Arizona campus. The quilts were created by Fiber Works, a group of textile artists from the Lincoln-Omaha, Nebraska area. Fabric artist, Peg Pennel created one of the 13 quilts using Saguaro National Park as her inspiration. Read more

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    Trail Volunteers Complete Stewardship Project on the Quilter Trail

    Trail Volunteers Complete Stewardship Project on the Quilter Trail

    On Saturday, November 2, 2013, volunteers from Saguaro National Park, the Arizona Trail Association, and international students from the University of Arizona Society of Mining Engineers volunteered their time by completing trail maintenance on the Quilter Trail, a segment of the Arizona Trail, where they brushed and installed erosion control devices. Read more

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    Saguaro NP and Southern Arizona Roadrunners Host 5th Annual BEYOND Fun Run/Walk Event

    Three people pose with Sunny the Saguaro, the park's mascot

    Approximately 250 eager fun runners and walkers lined up at the corner of Hohokam and Kinney Roads in Saguaro National Park to commemorate the 5th Anniversary of the tragic events of January 8, 2011 and to celebrate our community, as part of the 5th Annual BEYOND event. Read more

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    Tourism to Saguaro National Park Creates Over 58 Million in Economic Benefits

    Saguaro cacti silhouettes at Saguaro National Park

    A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 673,752 visitors to Saguaro National Park in 2014, spent nearly $41.6 million in communities near the Park. That spending supported 610 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of more than $58 million. Read more

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    Volunteers Contribute a Million Dollars Worth of Time And Talent

    Two Saguaro National Park volunteers smile for a photo on the outside patio at Tucson Mountain District

    During the fiscal year of 2015, we had 554 volunteers contribute 43,948 hours of volunteer service. That's amazing! Saguaro volunteers have many positions around the park including helping at the visitor centers, removing invasive plants, patrolling our park trails, and many more vital roles that help keep Saguaro running. Read more

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    Congressman Grijalva And Local Students Celebrate Founder's Day

    Group photo of local high school students, Congressman Raul Grijalva, and park staff

    Local high school students were joined by park staff and Congressman Raul Grijalva at Saguaro's Tucson Mountain District on the National Park Service's 99th birthday, August 25th. Share their experience through our short video and learn what the service's 99th birthday means for our parks. Read more

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    Weed Free Trails Program Gathers Local Citizens

    A volunteer with a digging tool and a volunteer with a clipboard, at work in the desert

    Saguaro National Park volunteer program, Weed Free Trails, has seen an increase in new volunteer participants of all ages showing an interest in protecting our trails. Read more

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    Youth Groups Tackle Buffelgrass, Becoming Stewards of the Future

    Volunteers help remove Buffelgrass to help maintain Saguaro National Park’s natural beauty.

    Saguaro National Park established a monthly volunteer event in 2007. The objective of this event is to manually remove invasive non-native grasses within the park. One of the grasses volunteers pull is Buffelgrass which competes with native plants for resources and is a fire threat to the Sonoran desert. Read more

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    Scholarly Pursuits: Park Break on Hydrogeology of Tinajas

    Photo of graduate students and professor at Madrona Pools, Saguaro National Park

    Graduate students came from all over the US to study the hydrogeology of spring-fed stream pools at Saguaro National Park during a “Park Break” spring break project at the park. The students did a fast but deep assessment of the geology and origin of water in these pools, and made recommendations for managing these small water sources that are so important for wildlife at the park. Read more

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    A Greener Saguaro with Bananas?

    Saguaro National Park's Green Banana Award

    There are green bananas in Saguaro National Park? Yes in fact there are four of them, once per quarter, buildings are competing to reduce energy consumption. Saguaro highlights and quantifies the costs saving by presenting the “Green Banana Award” to the best performing energy reduction facility during All Employee Meetings. The award celebrates the facility with the highest energy percentage savings per quarter over the previous year. Read more

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