Citizen Scientists Wanted!

Have you ever wanted to be a citizen scientist? If you missed participating last year, you have a second chance!

Dragonfly Study: Begins June 14, 2016

Dragonfly larvae are currently being sampled for mercury levels in many national parks. Mercury is a toxic pollutant that can harm human and wildlife health, threatening the natural resources the NPS is charged with protecting.

Citizen Scientists Study Mercury in Dragonfly Larvae

Salamander Monitoring: Begins June 22, 2016

Ongoing scientific monitoring program for park natural resource statistics and indicator measures.

To become a citizen scientist contact Susanne Norris at 845-229-6873 or by email.

Looking For Volunteers For Val-Kill Exhibit

The National Park Service is recruiting for volunteers to work in the Stone Cottage at the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site. The exhibits, focus on Eleanor Roosevelt's early political life and her associations with politically active women in the 1920's and 1930's, as well as Val-Kill Industries and her life at Val-Kill during FDR's lifetime. Volunteers are needed to welcome visitors to the Stone Cottage and be available to answer questions as visitors enjoy the self-guided exhibits. The park is looking for people who are willing to commit at least 4 hours a day each week. Specify Val-Kill Exhibit on your application. If you have questions please call Franceska Macsali-Urbin at 845-229-6225.

VIP Application - Please download and mail (not email) to:
Margaret Laffin
Roosevelt-Vanderbilt NHS
4097 Albany Post Rd
Hyde Park NY 12538


Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Site

Volunteer Opportunities

Have you ever wanted to work at a National Park assisting visitors? Does early 20th century history fascinate you? Do you like leading tours and giving public presentations?

If any of the above intrigues you, consider becoming a volunteer. There are a variety of volunteer opportunities available at Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites including:

Visitor Services/Interpretation

· Assisting the interpretive staff conducting tours in the FDR home, Val-Kill, or Vanderbilt Mansion, and on the grounds.

· Assisting the interpretive staff at the visitor center information desks answering questions, and providing information about the park and surrounding area.

· Assisting the interpretive staff in "backing up" large tour and school groups.

Train Volunteers

  • If you are a person interested in history, and riding trains, there are opportunities available to volunteer with the National Park Service's Trails to Rails program. Volunteers ride on Amtrak trains presenting programs to riders.

Garden Volunteers

· If you enjoy working outdoors, and are interested in gardening, there are opportunities available to volunteer with the Beatrix Farrand Garden Association or the Frederick W. Vanderbilt Garden Association.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

4097 Albany Post Rd
Hyde Park, NY 12538


(845) 229-9115

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