Theodore Roosevelt Island

Theodore Roosevelt Island Miles of trails through wooded uplands and swampy bottomlands honor the legacy of Theodore Roosevelt, America’s 26th president. The island is a fitting memorial to a great outdoorsman and conservationist.
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March 23 at 6pm ESTOn March 23 at 6pm for a virtual presentation by Sagamore Hill's own Laura Cinturati! Learn about the...
03/09/2021

March 23 at 6pm EST
On March 23 at 6pm for a virtual presentation by Sagamore Hill's own Laura Cinturati! Learn about the amazing women who influenced Theodore Roosevelt's life and helped foster his legacy.
Visit www.trsite.org/events for more information. #findyourpark #EncuentraTuParque

Welcome to Mystery Monday Post dealing with Theodore Roosevelt Island. Can you identify which panel the quote was taken ...
03/08/2021

Welcome to Mystery Monday Post dealing with Theodore Roosevelt Island. Can you identify which panel the quote was taken from in the picture? There are four panels located behind the statue of Theodore Roosevelt. Each panel has a word or two at the top, with the quote below.

New documentary video about Theodore Roosevelt Island, "The Man on the Island". This will debut on YouTube this weekend!...
03/06/2021

New documentary video about Theodore Roosevelt Island, "The Man on the Island". This will debut on YouTube this weekend! The Man on the Island tells the story of this unique place and its changing relevance for Americans over the past century.
When? March 6, 2021 @ 8pm EST
Where? YouTube (https://youtu.be/kxWI9Hwxu_o) And online permanently thereafter!

03/04/2021
The Man on the Island: Finding Theodore Roosevelt National Memorial

New documentary video about Theodore Roosevelt Island, "The Man on the Island". This will debut on YouTube this weekend! The Man on the Island tells the story of this unique place and its changing relevance for Americans over the past century.
When? March 6, 2021 @ 8pm EST
Where? YouTube (https://youtu.be/kxWI9Hwxu_o) And online permanently thereafter!

Visitors to Washington, DC find monuments on nearly every street. One memorial, off the beaten track, hides a long and fascinating history. Theodore Roosevel...

Theodore Roosevelt Island is a great place to explore regardless of the time of year, but how about early March? Yes, th...
03/04/2021

Theodore Roosevelt Island is a great place to explore regardless of the time of year, but how about early March? Yes, the island is open from 6 am to 10 pm. Trails are open. You can experience both history and nature at the same time. Today's high will be about 52 F (11 C). Cumulus clouds float across the afternoon blue sky. When exploring be careful when walking and hiking along the trails. #FindYourPark #Plotyourpath #EncuentraTuParque

Perfect day to get outside and enjoy the blue sky above,  perhaps walking through the woods, or the sunlight reflecting ...
03/03/2021

Perfect day to get outside and enjoy the blue sky above, perhaps walking through the woods, or the sunlight reflecting off the river. Theodore Roosevelt Island is open from 6 am to 10 pm. River level is still high but all trails are open. Still be careful when walking along the boardwalk that takes you through the marsh. #findyourpark #plotyourpath #EncuentraTuParque

Know before you go. The current level of the Potomac River is high. When exploring Theodore Roosevelt Island, please be ...
03/02/2021

Know before you go. The current level of the Potomac River is high. When exploring Theodore Roosevelt Island, please be careful of trails along the shore line and boardwalk area on the island. Be safe.#findyourpark #plotyourpath #EncuentraTuParque

Theodore Roosevelt Island's cover photo
03/02/2021

Theodore Roosevelt Island's cover photo

In the spring of 1863, African American men of the 1st District of Columbia Colored Volunteers were trained on Mason's I...
02/22/2021

In the spring of 1863, African American men of the 1st District of Columbia Colored Volunteers were trained on Mason's Island, now known as Theodore Roosevelt Island. On June 30, 1863 with 10 companies stationed on the island, many of these men recruited from area Contraband Slave camps, were formally mustered into the Federal Army as the first African American regiment, the 1st United States Colored Troops. Of the nearly 180,000 African American men that served valiantly during the Civil War, fought for freedom and the preservation of the Union, and nearly 40,000 that gave their lives for this cause, some started their journey here, drilling, marching, and training on this small Potomac River Island.

https://www.nps.gov/hdp/exhibits/african/roosevelt.htm

https://www.nps.gov/rich/learn/historyculture/1stusct.htm

https://www.nps.gov/subjects/npscelebrates/black-history-month.htm

Sunday afternoon on Theodore Roosevelt Island as the morning snow melted and the rain stopped, the sun shone briefly acr...
02/08/2021

Sunday afternoon on Theodore Roosevelt Island as the morning snow melted and the rain stopped, the sun shone briefly across the silent sentential of trees that encircle the memorial plaza. This invoked a moving reminder of long ago sententials, men of the 1st United States Colored Troops who were encamped on the island in 1863. Men who were trained on this island and fought for their freedom. African American men, many formally enslaved, stood in defense of an American Democracy they had not lived under, stood for an American Ideal, they longed to reach, and many gave their lives for this Ideal of a United States.
https://www.nps.gov/subjects/npscelebrates/black-history-month.htm
https://www.nps.gov/NR/travel/underground/THEODORE_ROOSEVELT_ISLAND.html
https://www.nps.gov/articles/sense-of-wilderness-theodore-roosevelt-island.htm

Do you have a favorite trail to explore at Theodore Roosevelt Island? Feel free to share what you enjoy most about the s...
02/05/2021

Do you have a favorite trail to explore at Theodore Roosevelt Island? Feel free to share what you enjoy most about the site. Theodore Roosevelt Island is open from 6 am to 10 pm. Please make sure that you are wearing the appropriate seasonal outerwear and footwear for safety. #EncuentraTuParque #findyourpark #PlotYourPath

New to exploring and experiencing Theodore Roosevelt Island? There are many stories associated with the island. Some dea...
01/27/2021

New to exploring and experiencing Theodore Roosevelt Island? There are many stories associated with the island. Some deal with history, others deal with nature and geology. What are your interest? #FindYourPark #PlotYourPath #EncuentraTuParque

Winter is a great time to enjoy Theodore Roosevelt Island. Trails and paths will take you through the natural surroundin...
01/27/2021

Winter is a great time to enjoy Theodore Roosevelt Island. Trails and paths will take you through the natural surroundings and the historic plaza. Site is open from 6 am to 10 pm. Please make sure that you are wearing the appropriate seasonal outerwear and footwear.

01/22/2018

During a Federal government shutdown, we do not monitor or update social media. Some park areas are accessible, however access may change without notice, and there are no NPS­-provided services. For more information visit www.nps.gov/this/

The George Washington Memorial Parkway is undergoing a planning process for Theodore Roosevelt Island to include a Cultu...
11/16/2016

The George Washington Memorial Parkway is undergoing a planning process for Theodore Roosevelt Island to include a Cultural Landscape Report and Environmental Assessment. Please come to the Island on Saturday November 19, 2016 between 9:30 and Noon to learn more.

Follow the plan at:
https://parkplanning.nps.gov/gwmp

All are welcome for a Pop-Up event on Saturday November 19, 2016 from 9:30 to Noon on Theodore Roosevelt Island to learn...
11/16/2016

All are welcome for a Pop-Up event on Saturday November 19, 2016 from 9:30 to Noon on Theodore Roosevelt Island to learn more about a new planning process just underway at the Island. We invite and encourage involvement from the public in this planning process. Please see flyer.

The National Park Service turns 99 today - August 25! We’re celebrating with a list of 99 ways you can #FindYourPark htt...
08/25/2015

The National Park Service turns 99 today - August 25! We’re celebrating with a list of 99 ways you can #FindYourPark http://findyourpark.com/nps99

At Theodore Roosevelt Island and other locations on the George Washington Memorial Parkway you could choose number 65 Pick a POTUS

Visit with a National Park Ranger at the mobile visitor center at the memorial on Saturdays and Sundays between 1:30 and 3:30 PM.

Theodore Roosevelt Island was established by Congress on May 21, 1932 as a tribute to the vision and passion of Theodore Roosevelt, our 26th president, whom was a lifelong steward of our nation’s natural resources. Designed by renowned landscape architects Frederick Law Olmstead, Jr. and Henry Vincent Hubbard, President Roosevelt’s passion for conservation is reflected in the natural, scenic qualities of the island itself. The landscape creates a contemplative space that allows visitors to reflect on the legacy of the late President.

Cleaning up the Island!  Thanks to a great bunch of volunteers from KPMG who came out the other day to pick up litter on...
06/03/2015

Cleaning up the Island! Thanks to a great bunch of volunteers from KPMG who came out the other day to pick up litter on the Island - the park is that much cleaner.

05/15/2015

Islands hold a special place in our attempt to describe the world. As I leave this park for Sequoia, I take comfort in William James's thought: “We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep.” Farewell! ―Emily

05/04/2015

“We Americans have many grave problems to solve, many threatening evils to fight, and many deeds to do, if, as we hope and believe, we have the wisdom, the strength, the courage, and the virtue to do them. But we must face facts as they are. We must neither surrender ourselves to a foolish optimism, nor succumb to a timid and ignoble pessimism. Our nation is that one among all the nations of the earth which holds in its hands the fate of the coming years.” Do Theodore Roosevelt's words resonate with you? If so, what issues could he be referring to now?

04/11/2015

Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers from the Potomac Conservancy, Northrup Grumman, and Target who helped clean up today. The plants and animals that call the island home will be happier without all that trash, because--really--what is a duck going to do with one enormous tire?

For all those people who like to post photos of their food :) We think this was a squirrel eaten by a fox, then deposite...
04/01/2015

For all those people who like to post photos of their food :) We think this was a squirrel eaten by a fox, then deposited on the Swamp Trail boardwalk. #EEEEEATS

Aaand... the first Martian marathon took 11 years and 2 months.  DC marathons usually go a little faster, but they also ...
03/25/2015

Aaand... the first Martian marathon took 11 years and 2 months. DC marathons usually go a little faster, but they also disrupt more traffic. Check for alerts on www.nps.gov/this before planning your trip to the island. Congratulations, Opportunity!

03/22/2015

The sights of spring may not be here yet, but the sounds are.

Parks created by Theodore Roosevelt feel like family, and we love getting news from them! Western spring beauty is alrea...
03/21/2015

Parks created by Theodore Roosevelt feel like family, and we love getting news from them! Western spring beauty is already blooming at Mesa Verde National Park (in the picture on the bottom). Who will be the first to see eastern spring beauty (in the picture on the top)?

Blast off! Spring programs have been announced for Theodore Roosevelt Island. Special events like Junior Ranger Day, new...
03/17/2015

Blast off! Spring programs have been announced for Theodore Roosevelt Island. Special events like Junior Ranger Day, new programs like Birding with Teddy, and old favorites like Island Safari start on April 18. For details, check the calendar: http://www.nps.gov/this/planyourvisit/calendar.htm

Planning an afternoon hike? Help us out by sticking to the middle of the trail--think of it as immersing yourself in mud...
03/15/2015

Planning an afternoon hike? Help us out by sticking to the middle of the trail--think of it as immersing yourself in mud-luscious, puddle-wonderful spring. And if you hadn't thought about E.E. Cummings since fourth grade, you're welcome! Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics

Happy #PiDay from the memorial plaza at Theodore Roosevelt Island. Not everything sticks to today's perfect ratio, but m...
03/14/2015

Happy #PiDay from the memorial plaza at Theodore Roosevelt Island. Not everything sticks to today's perfect ratio, but most things come close!

Watch this bonus footage to see workers crawling around on Teddy's nose, right beneath his distinctive spectacles! Plus ...
03/07/2015
WGBH American Experience . Mount Rushmore . Bonus Video

Watch this bonus footage to see workers crawling around on Teddy's nose, right beneath his distinctive spectacles! Plus there's an excellent teacher's guide for the more serious among us.

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Round three of #TRradar. In case you missed earlier posts, suppose you were the kind of person who visited (other) statu...
03/04/2015

Round three of #TRradar. In case you missed earlier posts, suppose you were the kind of person who visited (other) statues of Theodore Roosevelt. Where would you find this one? Bonus points if you post a picture of yourself with it in the comments!

Being a park ranger means having the best job in the world. You get paid to work in places other people only get to visi...
02/24/2015

Being a park ranger means having the best job in the world. You get paid to work in places other people only get to visit! Search USAJobs.gov for announcements containing "GWMP" to find summer jobs.

Being a park ranger means having the best job in the world. You get paid to work in places other people only get to visit! Search USAJobs.gov for announcements containing "GWMP" to find summer jobs.

Challenge! Who can make the best Theodore Roosevelt snowman before it all melts away? Post pictures, and don't worry; we...
02/22/2015

Challenge! Who can make the best Theodore Roosevelt snowman before it all melts away? Post pictures, and don't worry; we're not expecting any Gutzon Borglums here. Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Happy Presidents Day! We'll help you celebrate by giving you a chance to glory in getting at least one of these quiz ans...
02/16/2015
Name that beard: Match the facial hair to the President

Happy Presidents Day! We'll help you celebrate by giving you a chance to glory in getting at least one of these quiz answers (and maybe more) right. What's harder: beards or sideburns?

Can you guess which president wore these whiskers? In honor of President's Day, take our hirsute quiz.

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Theodore Roosevelt Island is open today from 6 am to 10 pm. Please note that several trails and paths still have ice and snow on them. Be careful when crossing the footbridge to the island. Do wear appropriate outerwear and footwear. Enjoy the day!
Went for an early morning walk on the island yesterday (thank you so much for keeping it open!) and saw this bizarre mud mound in the marsh. Any ideas what could have made it?
Are u open?
Is it expected that the Park will remain open in spite of the current health concerns? I am wondering whether or not to plan a visit there in the next week or so.
Bark Softly and Fetch the Big Stick!
Trying to figure out where to get my National Park passport book stamped for this site. Anyone ...
Does anyone know if access to the island is available on January 6, 2019? I'd like to pay my respects on the 100th anniversary of President Roosevelt's death.
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Yesterday’s trash haul from the TRI shoreline (barrel included)... Happy Memorial Day everyone, and please remember to enjoy responsibly!
We love RI and have visited dozens of times over many years but our last visit was marred by the shameful neglected state of the portable toilet which clearly had not been serviced in months. Conditions like that are worse than no facilities at all. What is the NPS thinking? How embarrassing for our city and country. Charge a user fee, try a fundraiser, invest in healthy public service, remove the facility if you can’t take care of it, please.