• View of the White House's north side from Layfatte Park

    President's Park (White House)

    District of Columbia

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  • 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.

Volunteer

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Volunteering at President's Park

President's Park is looking for that special volunteer that likes interacting with people from all over the world--a volunteer that would like to meet Americans and people from outside the United States. Volunteers help our maintenance crew with gardening, help manage the White House tour lines, lead educational programs, and help younger visitors earn Junior Ranger badges. Volunteering at President's Park gives you a chance to meet other volunteers and make new friends. Come and join us and be one of our VIPs (Volunteers in Parks)!

Whether it be greeting visitors and answering questions, helping with White House tour operations, working special events, or assisting with education programs, volunteers make a difference.

Volunteering in the park allows you to give something back while meeting visitors from all over the world and receiving a unique perspective on special events relating to the White House, the centerpiece of our American story.

Last year, more than 1,735 volunteers contributed nearly 29,000 hours of service to standard operations, special events, and education programs.

For those looking to volunteer at large park events, like the Lighting of the National Christmas Tree or the Easter Egg Roll, please visit our special events volunteer page.

Who can volunteer?

Basically, anyone can volunteer, though some positions may have age limits. Volunteers must be physically able to do the job agreed upon. Youth under the age of 18 may volunteer with the written permission of a parent or guardian. Youth interested in paid summer employment may read more about opportunities at President's Park at our park's youth programs site. If you're not in the Washington, DC area, the National Park Service Youth Programs website will have information on programs throughout the country. President's Park is currently seeking Boy Scouts to volunteer for a number of positions within the park. More information is available below.

To learn more about volunteering at President's Park, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator by e-mail or call 202-208-1631. Before volunteering, you will need to complete a volunteer application (PDF).
 

Volunteer Opportunities
 
Become a Visitor Services Volunteer!

Visitor Services
Visitor Services Volunteers work at the information desks at the White House Visitor Center or at the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion, help with White House tour operations, or rove the park. Most volunteers work 4-6 hour shifts, once a week. For more information, click here (PDF).

 
Help to protect our national parks!

Resource Management
Volunteers who join the President's Park Patrol help to preserve and maintain the cultural landscape features of the Ellipse, Sherman and Lafayette Parks - all part of the President's back yard. They learn about the history of the green spaces surrounding the grounds of the White House while cleaning or assessing the condition of structures, weeding monument gardens, or gathering trash. This is a great way to take an active role in supporting your national park. For more information, click here (PDF).

 
Perform roving interpretation along park trails!

Education
Are you a teacher, retired teacher or pursuing a career in teaching? Do you love history and enjoy working with children? If you are interested in learning about President's Park and sharing your knowledge with others, consider becoming an Education Volunteer. Volunteers develop and present guided walks and interpretive programs, assist with student education programs, and/or perform roving interpretation along park trails. For more information, click here (PDF).

 

Volunteer Application

Click here to download an application to become a Volunteer at President's Park
 

Image of Boy Scout patch for resource stewardship; green and gray oval with seals.
"Adopt" the Boy Scout Memorial
Resource Stewardship Opportunity for Scouts
The Boy Scout Memorial is one of the few memorials in Washington, DC that commemorates a living group or person. The memorial was dedicated on November 7, 1964 and underwent a major rehabilitation in 2009.

As part of a nationwide program to introduce scouts to resource stewardship and to continue to honor Scouting and the improvements to the site undertaken in 2009, President's Park is currently recruiting volunteers for two positions: 2 to 3 conservation volunteer coordinators (must have achieved rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America) and Boy Scout Troops, Varsity Scout Teams, or Venturing Crews to "adopt" the memorial as a group.

The conservation volunteer coordinators will work with park staff to schedule and guide the adopting group. Working with the group, they will oversee their work to maintain the memorial and surrounding area; in addition, they will help the scouting group lean more about the memorial and President's Park by delivering a short overview of the park and memorial and providing time for reflection on the role of scouting and volunteer service in meeting the needs of the nation.

Adopting Boy Scout Troops, Varsity Scout Teams, or Venturing Crews will work for approximately two hours on one (or more) Saturdays between March 2013 and Thanksgiving. Working together and with park maintenance staff, the conservation volunteer coordinators and adopting groups will help to maintain the memorial statue, base, fountain and surrounding deck area, as well as other adjacent portions of the park.

To sign up for either position, please visit volunteer.gov.

Details of these two positions are available as PDF files:

Did You Know?

In 1951, “The Day The Earth Stood Still” was filmed in President's Park. The story was about an alien emissary and his massive robot land a spaceship on the Ellipse and search for governmental and scientific leaders who will accept the warning he has brought from space.