White House Visitor Center Rehabilitation and Closure Information
The White House Visitor Center is closed for rehabilitation. A temporary visitor center is located near the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion, just west of the intersection of 15th and E streets, NW.
White House Fence Restoration and Sidewalk Closure
The National Park Service is restoring the White House fence along Pennsylvania Avenue, portions of which are believed to date back to 1818. During this restoration work, sections of the White House sidewalk will be temporarily closed for public safety. More »
Construction Project Affecting the White House Sidewalk
Due to a construction project, a portion of both the White House sidewalk and Pennsylvania Avenue near East Executive Avenue will be closed until April 2015.
COURTESY DAR MUSEUM
The 2014 Junior Historian Camp
Looking for something to do this summer?
In partnership with the Daughters of the American Revolution Museum and the Octagon House, President's Park is hosting a week long Junior Historian Camp focusing on history, preservation, and conservation. During the camp, participants will have the opportunity to take field trips to local history sites, create a 19th century "Newscast," dig a mock excavation, and much more.
The Junior Historian Camp begins on Monday, July 14 and concludes on Friday, July 18. The program begins at 8:30 am at the DAR Museum and concludes each day back at the museum at 4:00 pm. Campers will bring their lunch with them each day, but a mid-morning snack will be provided. The DAR Museum is located at 1776 D Street, NW.
The camp is intended for children in grades 4 to 8 (ages 9-12). The camp fee is $300 payable to the DAR Museum upon registration.
Track Trail Adventure: President's Park Scavenger Hunt
In partnership with the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation's Kids in Parks program, President's Park is excited to offer kids of all ages a chance to get outdoors, discover the beautiful monuments and amazing stories within the park, and get cool prizes. The President's Park Track Trail adventure follows a 1.5 mile loop around the White House and features many historic buildings and monuments. Along the way, visitors are encouraged to follow a scavenger hunt as they explore the trail. Visit the trailhead at the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion in the park to get started, or download a copy of the scavenger hunt brochure (pdf). For more information about the program, visit the Kids in Parks website.
Become a President's Park Junior Ranger
Children of all ages, but those specifically from ages six to twelve, can have fun, learn about the park, and earn their junior ranger badge. Either ask for a copy of the President's Park junior ranger book at the information desk in the White House Visitor Center, or download a copy of the President's Park junior ranger book (PDF).
Next, follow the instructions in the book to complete the required activities, and then present your book to a ranger at the White House Visitor Center to be sworn in and to receive your badge and certificate. A helpful hint: be ready to share with the ranger all you have learned and be able to discuss your favorite president!
Become a White House Junior Ranger
Children of all ages who obtain a White House tour are also able to be come White House junior rangers. Be sure to ask Ranger who greets you on the tour line for a book, or download the White House junior ranger book (PDF) ahead of time to get a head start. After your tour and when you have finished completing the book, bring it back to the White House Visitor Center to get your badge and certificate. A helpful hint: be ready to share what you liked most about the visiting the President's house!
Get Your National Parks Passport Stamped
Stop at the White House Visitor Center information desk to have your NPS passport book stamped. For more information about the passport program, visit the Passport To Your National Parks webpage.
Did You Know?
William H. Taft is the only president to also serve as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (1921-1930).