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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Seasons change. This past week we experienced the Fall equinox on September 22nd. As each day passes there will be less ...
09/25/2021

Seasons change. This past week we experienced the Fall equinox on September 22nd. As each day passes there will be less sunlight, still there is much to enjoy at Theodore Roosevelt Island throughout the year. What does the Fall season mean to you?

Seasons change. This past week we experienced the Fall equinox on September 22nd. As each day passes there will be less sunlight, still there is much to enjoy at Theodore Roosevelt Island throughout the year. What does the Fall season mean to you?

09/15/2021

What do you enjoy most about Theodore Roosevelt Island? Is it the hiking trails, history or nature? Is it the changing landscape as we move from one season to another? Please make sure that you have the proper footwear and outer gear as we move from one season into another. #Findyourpark #EncuentraTuParque

On September 14, 1901, Theodore Roosevelt took the oath of office as the 26th and youngest president of the United State...
09/14/2021
Theodore Roosevelt's Inagural Site--Presidents: A Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary

On September 14, 1901, Theodore Roosevelt took the oath of office as the 26th and youngest president of the United States in the library of Ansley Wilcox’s fine house in Buffalo.
https://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/presidents/t_roosevelt_inaugural_site.html

On September 14, 1901, Theodore Roosevelt took the oath of office as the 26th and youngest president of the United States in the library of Ansley Wilcox’s fine house in Buffalo.  Only 42 years old, he succeeded President William McKinley, who had succumbed to an assassin’s bullet earlier that ...

09/08/2021
Directions - Theodore Roosevelt Island (U.S. National Park Service)

September 2021 has been proclaimed National Wilderness Month. Although, Theodore Roosevelt Island may not be considered "wilderness" by its proximity to such urban settings, it is an 88-acre wilderness preserve, authorized by Congress in 1932 to memorialize President Theodore Roosevelt's contributions to conservation. It's free to visit and free to park. Spend some time in the wildnerness, walk the island trails, and leave the pressures of the city behind. Even a short time spent amongst trees can be renewing.

Access to the Island's parking lot is from the George Washington Memorial Parkway traveling north bound from Memorial Bridge, just past the Roosevelt Bridge, on the right. https://www.nps.gov/this/planyourvisit/directions.htm

https://www.nps.gov/thro/learn/historyculture/theodore-roosevelt-and-conservation.htm

https://www.nps.gov/articles/000/2021wmonth.htm

Theodore Roosevelt Island sits in the Potomac River near the Key Bridge. While the only way to reach the island by land is from the Virginia side of the river, the island is actually part of Washington, DC.

09/02/2021

Theodore Roosevelt Island is open from 6 am to 10 pm each day. The rain has stopped but please note that the Potomac River is still rising from the run off. Please be careful when walking/hiking all trails especially on low lying areas. #Findyourpark #EncuentraTuParque

Today, August 25, 2021, marks the 105th birthday of the National Park Service. Happy Birthday! This is also a Fee Free D...
08/25/2021

Today, August 25, 2021, marks the 105th birthday of the National Park Service. Happy Birthday!
This is also a Fee Free Day!
How do you enjoy your National Parks? Looking to connect with nature or just enjoy exploring the trails?

Theodore Roosevelt Island has a little of everything for everyone.
There are trails to hike, nature to explore and history to experience!

#findyourpark #EncuentraTuParque

Today, August 25, 2021, marks the 105th birthday of the National Park Service. Happy Birthday!
This is also a Fee Free Day!
How do you enjoy your National Parks? Looking to connect with nature or just enjoy exploring the trails?

Theodore Roosevelt Island has a little of everything for everyone.
There are trails to hike, nature to explore and history to experience!

#findyourpark #EncuentraTuParque

August 19 is World Photography Day.  Theodore Roosevelt Island has many areas for creating inspiring photographs.  Even ...
08/19/2021

August 19 is World Photography Day. Theodore Roosevelt Island has many areas for creating inspiring photographs. Even without a camera, there are numerous serene settings to enjoy around the island. And on a hot August day, the shade of the wooded areas can offer a break from the summer heat.

During August, the National Park Service invites you to create your park scrapbook and share your photographs. If you haven't started yet, today is a great day. Get outdoors, snap some photos that speak to you, and share them with us or on social media.
#MakingMemories #MyParkScrapbook
https://www.nps.gov/subjects/photography/index.htm

August 19 is World Photography Day. Theodore Roosevelt Island has many areas for creating inspiring photographs. Even without a camera, there are numerous serene settings to enjoy around the island. And on a hot August day, the shade of the wooded areas can offer a break from the summer heat.

During August, the National Park Service invites you to create your park scrapbook and share your photographs. If you haven't started yet, today is a great day. Get outdoors, snap some photos that speak to you, and share them with us or on social media.
#MakingMemories #MyParkScrapbook
https://www.nps.gov/subjects/photography/index.htm

Do you know how Theodore Roosevelt Island was made into a memorial? The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) worked on the ...
08/16/2021

Do you know how Theodore Roosevelt Island was made into a memorial? The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) worked on the island starting in 1934 to
implement the memorial plan made by the Olmsted Brothers landscaping firm.

The CCC cleared acres of brush and planted about 20,000 trees and shrubs. CCC enrollees working on the island lived in a “model camp” at Fort Hunt in
Fairfax county and commuted to work each day. Work was continued until 1937 and would resume after World War II. Check out the CCC at work in the picture!

Being involved with the NPS or in your local community, either by paid work, as the CCC, or volunteering is a great way to make a difference and create lifelong memories. Do you have memories of helping in a park or doing improvements in your community?
Share them at:
#MakingMemories #MyParkScrapbook

CCC work crews were employed in numerous NPS sites. Established under President Franklin D. Roosevelt, work crews also completed major projects at what is now the other National Park Service site, just a bit bigger than our 88 acre island memorial, dedicated to TR as Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
https://www.nps.gov/thro/learn/historyculture/civilian-conservation-corps.htm

https://www.nps.gov/parkhistory/online_books/ccc/ccc5.htm

Do you know how Theodore Roosevelt Island was made into a memorial? The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) worked on the island starting in 1934 to
implement the memorial plan made by the Olmsted Brothers landscaping firm.

The CCC cleared acres of brush and planted about 20,000 trees and shrubs. CCC enrollees working on the island lived in a “model camp” at Fort Hunt in
Fairfax county and commuted to work each day. Work was continued until 1937 and would resume after World War II. Check out the CCC at work in the picture!

Being involved with the NPS or in your local community, either by paid work, as the CCC, or volunteering is a great way to make a difference and create lifelong memories. Do you have memories of helping in a park or doing improvements in your community?
Share them at:
#MakingMemories #MyParkScrapbook

CCC work crews were employed in numerous NPS sites. Established under President Franklin D. Roosevelt, work crews also completed major projects at what is now the other National Park Service site, just a bit bigger than our 88 acre island memorial, dedicated to TR as Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
https://www.nps.gov/thro/learn/historyculture/civilian-conservation-corps.htm

https://www.nps.gov/parkhistory/online_books/ccc/ccc5.htm

In August we’re encouraging #makingmemories and showing some of ours in Theodore Roosevelt Island’s #myparkscrapbook. Th...
08/10/2021

In August we’re encouraging #makingmemories and showing some of ours in Theodore Roosevelt Island’s #myparkscrapbook. Theodore Roosevelt Island was turned into a memorial for President Roosevelt by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), a work relief program that provided employment during the Great Depression. Before work began in 1934 to create the memorial, the island was a farming estate. During the 1860s it served as a training camp for African American Union Soldiers. Take a look at this flashback from today to the 1860s. You can see the difference in technologies, fashion, and the landscape between the 1860s and today in the two pictures below! Now that you’ve seen our #myparkscrapbook,
show us yours using the hashtags:
#MakingMemories
#MyParkScrapbook

Thursday with Theodore!Time to reflect on this weeks quote. "It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out...
08/05/2021

Thursday with Theodore!

Time to reflect on this weeks quote.

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat."

#findyourpark #EncuentraTuParque #nps

Image: NPS Sagamore Hill NHS

Thursday with Theodore!

Time to reflect on this weeks quote.

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat."

#findyourpark #EncuentraTuParque #nps

Image: NPS Sagamore Hill NHS

Thursday with Theodore!Time to reflect on this weeks quote. "When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang o...
07/22/2021

Thursday with Theodore!

Time to reflect on this weeks quote.

"When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on!"

Theodore Roosevelt

#NPS #findyourpark #EncuentraTuParque

Thursday with Theodore!

Time to reflect on this weeks quote.

"When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on!"

Theodore Roosevelt

#NPS #findyourpark #EncuentraTuParque

Thursday with Theodore! Time to reflect on this weeks quote by Theodore Roosevelt."Far better is it to dare mighty thing...
07/15/2021

Thursday with Theodore!

Time to reflect on this weeks quote by Theodore Roosevelt.

"Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat." #NPS #EncuentraTuParque #findyourpark

Thursday with Theodore!

Time to reflect on this weeks quote by Theodore Roosevelt.

"Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat." #NPS #EncuentraTuParque #findyourpark

Thursday with Theodore! Quote of the day. “It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.”
07/08/2021

Thursday with Theodore!

Quote of the day.

“It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.”

Thursday with Theodore!

Quote of the day.

“It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.”

Did you know that there were multiple proposals for a memorial for Theodore Roosevelt that were never chosen? One design...
07/06/2021

Did you know that there were multiple proposals for a memorial for Theodore Roosevelt that were never chosen? One design was from architect J.R. Pope in
1925. Pope proposed that his memorial would be located on the Tidal Basin, in a spot now home to the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. Check out Pope’s proposal in the first picture.

Another proposal was from sculptor Paul Manship. Manship designed an oversized armillary sphere to be included on Theodore Roosevelt Island. His design was not popular with both critics and the public, leading him to change his proposal to a large statue of Roosevelt which is now on Theodore Roosevelt Island. Take a look at his original proposal in the second picture.
Would you have chosen one of these?
Compared to the statue, which do you prefer?

Thursday with Theodore! Did you know that Theodore Roosevelt was  the youngest President of the United States to be swor...
07/01/2021

Thursday with Theodore! Did you know that Theodore Roosevelt was the youngest President of the United States to be sworn in at the age of 42. This followed the death of President William McKinley on September 14th, 1901. The event took plact at the Ansley Wilcox House, located at 641 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo, New York. Today this site is known as the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site. #findyourpark #EncuentraTuParque

Thursday with Theodore! Did you know that Theodore Roosevelt was the youngest President of the United States to be sworn in at the age of 42. This followed the death of President William McKinley on September 14th, 1901. The event took plact at the Ansley Wilcox House, located at 641 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo, New York. Today this site is known as the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site. #findyourpark #EncuentraTuParque

Have you seen the original proposal for Theodore Roosevelt Island? Out of all the proposals for a memorial for Roosevelt...
06/27/2021

Have you seen the original proposal for Theodore Roosevelt Island? Out of all the proposals for a memorial for Roosevelt submitted, the renowned landscaping firm the Olmsted Brothers was chosen to design the memorial. The Olmsted plan was to create a living memorial to Roosevelt: an “eastern climax forest” that would restore the native woodlands of the island. The Olmsted plan included space for an architectural memorial, which is now a large statue of Roosevelt designed by Paul Manship. You can see the original designs of the Olmsted plan in the pictures below!

Thursday with Theodore! Quote of the day. “The farther one gets into the wilderness, the greater is the attraction of it...
06/24/2021

Thursday with Theodore! Quote of the day. “The farther one gets into the wilderness, the greater is the attraction of its lonely freedom.” #findyourpark #EncuentraTuParque

Thursday with Theodore! Quote of the day. “The farther one gets into the wilderness, the greater is the attraction of its lonely freedom.” #findyourpark #EncuentraTuParque

There are several paths to take, but what is your favorite path at Theodore Roosevelt Island? #FindYourPark #EncuentraTu...
06/19/2021

There are several paths to take, but what is your favorite path at Theodore Roosevelt Island? #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque

There are several paths to take, but what is your favorite path at Theodore Roosevelt Island? #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque

Thursday with Theodore! Did you know that Theodore Roosevelt was a father to six children? He enjoyed spending time with...
06/17/2021

Thursday with Theodore! Did you know that Theodore Roosevelt was a father to six children? He enjoyed spending time with them conducting various activities, such as having a good pillow fight. When he was away from home, he took the time to write letters to them, expressing his love. In 1919 his book entitled, Theodore Roosevelt’s Letters to his Children was published. #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque

Thursday with Theodore! Did you know that Theodore Roosevelt was a father to six children? He enjoyed spending time with them conducting various activities, such as having a good pillow fight. When he was away from home, he took the time to write letters to them, expressing his love. In 1919 his book entitled, Theodore Roosevelt’s Letters to his Children was published. #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque

Thursday with Theodore! Did you know that Theodore Roosevelt was the first American to be awarded a Nobel Peace Prize. T...
06/10/2021

Thursday with Theodore! Did you know that Theodore Roosevelt was the first American to be awarded a Nobel Peace Prize. Theodore played an important role as an arbitrator in negations between Russia and Japan to bring an end to the Russo-Japanese War 1904-05. The Treaty of Portsmouth (New Hampshire) was signed on September 5, 1905. #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque

Thursday with Theodore! Did you know that Theodore Roosevelt was the first American to be awarded a Nobel Peace Prize. Theodore played an important role as an arbitrator in negations between Russia and Japan to bring an end to the Russo-Japanese War 1904-05. The Treaty of Portsmouth (New Hampshire) was signed on September 5, 1905. #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque

Thursday with Theodore! Did you know that Theodore Roosevelt was prolific author? Between the years 1882 and 1919, Theod...
06/03/2021

Thursday with Theodore! Did you know that Theodore Roosevelt was prolific author? Between the years 1882 and 1919, Theodore authored 37 books. His first book was at the age of 23, when he wrote The Naval War of 1812. Other titles included The Strenuous Life (1900), Through the Brazilian Wilderness (1914), and Letters to Kermit, 1902-1908 (1919).

Thursday with Theodore! Did you know that Theodore Roosevelt was prolific author? Between the years 1882 and 1919, Theodore authored 37 books. His first book was at the age of 23, when he wrote The Naval War of 1812. Other titles included The Strenuous Life (1900), Through the Brazilian Wilderness (1914), and Letters to Kermit, 1902-1908 (1919).

This June we’re promoting #greatoutdoorsmonth and want to celebrate President Theodore Roosevelt’s connection to the out...
06/01/2021
Get Outside! (U.S. National Park Service)

This June we’re promoting #greatoutdoorsmonth and want to celebrate President Theodore Roosevelt’s connection to the outdoors and his preservation work!

Theodore Roosevelt had a passion for the outdoors, since he was young, and made great strides to protect the outdoors during his presidency. Once he took office in 1901, he established 150 national forests, five national parks, 18 national
monuments, and 51 federal bird reserves.

Today there are six national parks
dedicated to Theodore Roosevelt in honor of his conservation legacy. You can take part in
Roosevelt’s love for the outdoors by getting out outside and remembering to #recreateresponsibly

https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/recreation.htm

https://www.doi.gov/blog/conservation-legacy-theodore-roosevelt

Explore recreational opportunities in the national parks.

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He was our neighbor!
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.