Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Site
#FindYourPark with us in 2017!

The Rightful Heritage of the People: Celebrating FDR's Conservation Legacy
Vanderbilt Mansion Visitor Center - Exhibit open everyday from 9 AM - 5 PM

Every Kid in a Park Welcomes 4th Graders
Through August 31, 2017, all National Parks
National Parks and some other federally managed sites in the Hudson Valley invite all fourth graders to visit free as part of the White House's new Every Kid in a Park program. Students may go to any NPS site or to, complete an activity, and obtain a pass good through August 31, 2017.

Student Art Project On Display
April 1 - May 31, Henry A. Wallace Visitor & Education Center
This art project, in partnership with the “Dream Rocket Project,” is collecting thousands of student artworks from around the world. Eventually, all submissions will wrap the skeleton of a replica NASA 385 Space Launch System (SLS) rocket.

National Park Week, Weekends!
April 15-16, and April 22-23, National Park Week is America’s largest celebration of national heritage. It’s about exploring, discovering, and enjoying America’s best idea - the national parks! Free admission to the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site, Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site, and Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site.

Hyde Park Healthy Trails Walkabout Kickoff Hike
Saturday, April 15, Sign In 12:30 - 1:00 pm. Meet at Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site parking lot. Kick off the 26th year of Hyde Park Trails with a guided hike on the original, 3-mile section of Hyde Park Trail from the Vanderbilt Mansion to the Home of FDR. For more information and to register.....

Thursday, April 20, 5:30 pm, Henry A. Wallace Visitor & Education Center
Connects women, their stories and their causes through film. This traveling film festival spotlights the work of a diverse array of talented women filmmakers with intelligent, funny and thought-provoking themes. Hosted by Breast Cancer Prevention Partners, The Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill & The FDR Presidential Library and Museum. Your support benefits Breast Cancer Prevention Partners (formerly, the Breast Cancer Fund) and the Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill's Girls' Leadership Worldwide/Boys' Leadership Worldwide programs. More information is available here.

Recycling Day - Drop Off At The Drive-In
Saturday, April 22, 10:00 am-2:00 pm (rain or shine), at the Farm Lane parking lot located on Rt 9 in Hyde Park. Free to the public.
Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites is hosting their first annual Recycling Day in recognition of Earth Day, 2017. This community event will focus on promoting sustainability and recycling, and allow people to bring things to recycle and reuse. (No CRT monitors or old TV's) There will also be kids programs throughout the event. For more information...and for a complete list of acceptable and unacceptable items click the link.

"More Than Honey" Film Viewing
Saturday, April 22, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm at the Henry A. Wallace Visitor & Education Center
Oscar-nominated director Markus Imhoof (The Boat is Full) tackles the vexing issue of why bees, worldwide, are facing extinction. With the tenacity of a man out to solve a world-class mystery, he investigates this global phenomenon, from California to Switzerland, China and Australia. Exquisite macro-photography of the bees (reminiscent of Microcosmos) in flight and in their hives reveals a fascinating, complex world in crisis. To print your free ticket and for more information click here....

Find Your Park: Find Your Fun, A Community Discovery Day
Saturday, May 6 at all of our Hyde Park Sites. 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
The day is designed to encourage the community to come and enjoy the park through special events that highlight unique aspects of this National Park. All of the events are free, short (most are 20 minutes), a little unconventional, and designed so everyone has fun trying something new in the park. Visitors can pick a few events, or come for the day and challenge themselves to do everything. Schedule of Events.

Hands-in-the-Dirt Workshops
All workshops are on Tuesdays and begin at 9:00 am at the Beatrix Farrand Garden at Bellefield
May 2 - Perennials dividing
June 24 - Farrand’s Favorite Flowers (summer)
September 16 - Farrand’s Favorite Flowers (fall)
October 17 - Putting the garden to bed
Beatrix Farrand Garden

Annual Frederick W. Vanderbilt Garden Association Plant Sale
May 27-29, at Vanderbilt Mansion parking lot. Thousands of annuals and perennials will be on sale at reasonable prices. All profits support operation and restoration of the Vanderbilt gardens. For more information visit

Memorial Day Ceremony
Monday, May 29, 1:30 pm, Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site
Join us in the Rose Garden to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Guest speaker and wreath laying by community organizations.

End2End Hike
Saturday, June 3, Sign in 7:30 AM to 9:15 AM. Meet at Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site parking lot. Run, hike or walk the Hyde Park Trail from Top Cottage to Vanderbilt Mansion and earn your 2017 Walk-About trail patch. Bring everything you need for the 9 mile day of hiking.

11th Annual Bellefield Design Lecture
June 4, 2pm, Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center. Lecture by Roxanne S. Brouse, speaking on Farrand’s National Park Legacy. Reception and heirloom plant sale follow. Beatrix Farrand Garden

Music in the Parks, Free Lawn Concerts
June, July, and August, Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site
Enjoy an evening of music with friends on the beautiful lush landscapes of the Vanderbilt and Mills Mansions, overlooking the Hudson River. Outdoor concerts begin at 7:00 pm in June and July and 6:30 pm in August. 2017 Schedule

Upstairs/Downstairs Tea with Nina Roosevelt Gibson and Friends
Sunday, June 11, 3 pm - 6 pm -- Details to follow

Girls’ Leadership Worldwide (GLW)
Session I: July 7 – July 16
Session II: July 21 – July 30

A ten-day transformational program that empowers high-school girls to make a difference in their own lives, communities, and the world! More information and registration is available here.

Boys’ Leadership Worldwide (BLW)
Session I: July 6 - July 15
Session II: July 20 - July 29

A ten-day transformational program that empowers high-school boys to make a difference in their own lives, communities, and the world! More information and registration is available here.

National Park Service Junior Ranger Camp
July 10 - 13, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Drop off starting at 8:30 AM, Pick up until 4:30 PM. Age 10-12, Open to 25 registrants.
$150 per person registration costs.
More information will be emailed after payment is received, or can be downloaded at There are two downloads: an information packet and the official registration form (which is to be filled out and mailed in after payment is made on Event Brite). For more information contact Kayla Altland.

Teaching the Hudson Valley Summer Institute
Tues-Thurs, July 25-27, Henry A. Wallace Visitor & Education Center
Community Building
Teaching the Hudson Valley

Organizational Day
Saturday, August 26, 10:00 am-4:00 pm (rain or shine) in front of the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Free to the public.
The Living History group 240th Military Police Battalion will be recreating Organizational Day, an event that took place in 1943 and 1944 by the men of the 240th MP Battalion. (The Battalion that was assigned to Hyde Park during the war to protect the President). The public is invited to participate with us in baseball games, sack races, obstacle course, tug of war and egg/spoon races. Period items and vehicles will be on display as well as the living history group on hand to explain what the job of the 240th MP was at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Estate. Refreshments will be served during the event.

High Tea in the Vanderbilt Formal Gardens
Sunday, September 10, Vanderbilt Mansion Formal Gardens. Enjoy an old fashioned tea with guest speaker and live music. Information at


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