Roosevelt-Vanderbilt NHS consists of three sites: the Eleanor Roosevelt NHS, the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt NHS, and Vanderbilt Mansion NHS in Hyde Park, New York. The sites, totaling over 1,100 acres, are located within three miles of each other in western Dutchess County, and together host about 500,000 visitors per year.
The park is located in the Eastern Great Lakes and Hudson Lowlands ecoregion, and has a broad array of natural resources. Both the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Vanderbilt Mansion border on the Hudson River, a brackish-water estuary until the dam at Troy, New York, 75 miles to the north. The presence of the river brings a marine influence far inland, resulting in unique plant communities and animal species otherwise uncommon to the region. The lands are primarily forested and include many wetlands. A 25-acre tidal marsh lies between the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Hudson River, and a dam built by the Roosevelt family in 1925 across the Fall-Kill Creek created an extensive wetlands complex at Eleanor Roosevelt. Park units contain approximately four miles of streams; 14 acres of permanent ponds; 40 acres of non-tidal wetlands; numerous unmapped vernal pools and intermittent streams; mature second-growth hardwood forests; numerous rock outcrops; a sphagnum swamp; and a wet sedge meadow. Significant threats from exotic species, especially Japanese barberry, Japanese knotweed, and garlic mustard, are affecting the natural and cultural landscapes.
Long Term Monitoring Programs in the Park
Park Basline Inventories
The Inventory and Monitoring Program provides guidance, funding, and technical assistance for parks to complete a set of 12 baseline, or "basic", natural resource inventories. These basic inventories are common to all parks with significant natural resources, and are intended to provide park managers with the minimum information needed to effectively manage the natural resources of their park.
Park Species ListsSpecies lists are available from NPSpecies, the National Park Service's tool for documenting park biodiversity. Keep in mind that these species lists are a work-in-progress. Changes and updates are made as more species are shepherded through a rigorous vetting process. The absence of a species from a list produced with the tool below doesn't necessarily mean the species is absent from a park.
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Non NPS Citizen Science Opportunities in the Park
Bird observations from eBirdThe Roosevelt-Vanderbilt NHS sites have been set up in eBird as a birding "hotspots". Help the parks bolster bird data by adding your bird obsevations to eBird next time you visit. To view recent and historic bird observations in the parks, click here.
Species observations from iNaturalist
Roosevelt-Vanderbilt Science Stories
Last updated: January 13, 2020