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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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.

TV’s most-watched history series airs on PBS and has a library of over 250 documentaries.

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.

02/13/2015

Can't figure out what to say to that special someone on Valentines Day? Try this one from TR: "I think that the love of the really happy husband and wife – not purged of passion, but with passion heatened to a white heat of intensity and purity and tenderness and consideration... is the loftiest and most enobling influence that can come into the life of any man or woman."

Round two of #TRradar. Again, supposing you were the kind of person who visited (other) statues of Theodore Roosevelt, w...
02/11/2015

Round two of #TRradar. Again, supposing 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!

How about some friendly competition? Suppose you were the kind of person who visited (other) statues of Theodore Rooseve...
02/10/2015

How about some friendly competition? 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! #TRradar

This weekend's picture from a place protected by Theodore Roosevelt... Pomegranates bloom in front of the mission at Tum...
02/07/2015

This weekend's picture from a place protected by Theodore Roosevelt... Pomegranates bloom in front of the mission at Tumacácori. Maybe the Jesuits had Deuteronomy in mind all those years ago: "A land of wheat, and barley, and vines, and fig trees, and pomegranates; a land of oil olive, and honey," though they also learned to plant squash, corn, beans, and melons.

Taken by Tumacácori volunteer Wally Mohr

02/04/2015
National Park Service

Free or half-price admission to all six sites that honor Theodore Roosevelt! Not that anyone's counting or anything, but he and Lincoln are tied and they both beat George Washington.

Make an executive decision to visit a national park this Presidents Day weekend! http://go.nps.gov/seor10

All 405 national parks will provide free admission to everyone February 14-16, 2015 to honor our nation's leaders and their accomplishments.

Now that THAT's over. Did you know MLB gave the first ever presidential lifetime pass to Theodore Roosevelt? Maybe they ...
02/02/2015

Now that THAT's over. Did you know MLB gave the first ever presidential lifetime pass to Theodore Roosevelt? Maybe they were trying to win him over... He liked baseball most when his sons were playing. #TR1st #BaseballBegins

Two of these beauties were preserved by Theodore Roosevelt under the Antiquities Act: Petrified Forest National Park and...
01/26/2015
10 Great National Parks You’ve Never Heard Of

Two of these beauties were preserved by Theodore Roosevelt under the Antiquities Act: Petrified Forest National Park and Lassen Volcanic National Park. Have you been to all ten?

You’ve heard of, or traveled to, our nation’s most popular national parks, from Acadia’s rock beaches to Rocky Mountain’s peaks. Now find 10 great parks off the beaten path.

This weekend's picture from a place protected by Theodore Roosevelt... It's one both kinds of Beltway insiders can appre...
01/24/2015

This weekend's picture from a place protected by Theodore Roosevelt... It's one both kinds of Beltway insiders can appreciate: snow lovers (look at all that snow!) and snow haters (thank goodness it's in Lassen Volcanic National Park).

If you're the type with a short attention span, be thankful State of the Union addresses are now speeches. Notice how mu...
01/20/2015

If you're the type with a short attention span, be thankful State of the Union addresses are now speeches. Notice how much shorter they got when Woodrow Wilson, Roosevelt's nemesis, made the switch from written addresses.

Yesterday's post about birds and today's rain brought this comic to mind. See http://xkcd.com/1434/ for the full strip.
01/18/2015

Yesterday's post about birds and today's rain brought this comic to mind. See http://xkcd.com/1434/ for the full strip.

*Now* you look a day over 112, Wind Cave National Park. Happy belated birthday! And a happy belated birthday to Muir Woo...
01/10/2015

*Now* you look a day over 112, Wind Cave National Park. Happy belated birthday! And a happy belated birthday to Muir Woods National Monument, too.

President Theodore Roosevelt created Wind Cave National Park on this day in 1903. It was the country’s 8th national park and the first set aside to protect a cave.

Theodore Roosevelt Island's cover photo
01/06/2015

Theodore Roosevelt Island's cover photo

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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.