As a participant in the Climate Friendly Parks program, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park belongs to a network of parks that are putting climate friendly behavior at the forefront of sustainability planning in national parks. By conducting an emission inventory, setting an emission reduction target, developing this Action Plan, and committing to educate park staff, visitors, and community members about climate change, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park is serving as a model for climate friendly behavior within the park service.
Read more about the park's climate friendly efforts. Visit the National Park Service's Climate Change Response Program website to explore more information, including these useful resources and links.
View video clips related to the park's efforts in environmental education and green practices.
Find some success stories highlighting sustainable practices at the park.
Discover more about the park's sustainably managed forest.
Connect to the Teacher & Student blogs describing environmental education endeavors at the park. Find classroom materials like this Climate Change in Vermont lesson plan.
Learn about students studying mercury in the environment. And find Resource Briefs on various natural resources monitoring updates for the park.
Join interpretive tours (offered May 31-Oct 31) to learn more about stewardship and conservation at the park.
Read about George Perkins Marsh, called "The Prophet of Conservation" and his landmark treatise, Man and Nature which marks 150th year in 2014.
Platinum LEED Certification for Forest Center
The U.S. Green Building Council awarded its highest rating for Leadership in Environment and Energy Design (LEED) to the new Forest Center at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park. Both the Forest Center, a classroom and meeting space and the adjacent 1876 Wood Barn, home to a new exhibit on the Forest, share the Platinum LEED certification. This partnership project of the National Park Service and The Woodstock Foundation was also recognized with a Designing and Building with FSC® award presented by the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC), an international non-profit organization devoted to encouraging the responsible forest management. Both buildings used FSC certified wood from the Park's historic forest, the oldest professionally managed woodland in North America. FSC certification encourages the highest standards of woodland management through credible, independent evaluation and verification of exemplary forestry practices.