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National Register of Historic Places Program:
Great Outdoors Month

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America's historic and archeological resources.


The National Register of Historic Places is pleased to promote awareness of and appreciation for Great Outdoors Month. As part of the celebration, this site showcases historic properties listed in the National Register commemorating the events and people that help illustrate America's commitment to protecting our environment. So get outside and experience our country.

(Brandywine Park - Delaware State Park) - photo courtesy of DE Division of Historical and Cultural Affair


This site showcases:
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Highlighted Properties

Omaha Park and Boulevard System, Omaha, Nebraska
Photograph, courtesy of the Nebraska State Historic Preservation Office

Omaha Park and Boulevard System, Omaha, Nebraska

The City of Omaha's Park and Boulevard System is significant for the role the System played in providing green space and recreational opportunities to Omaha residents by the turn of the twentieth century and thereafter.

Leavenworth Ski Hill Historic District, Leavenworth, Washington
Tthe historic district exhibits a high degree of integrity and represents an important period of development shaping public lands, particularly in the area of outdoor recreation. This historic district derives from the combined efforts of the Leavenworth Winter Sports Club (L WSC), the Forest Service, and the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).

Fuller Brook Park, Wellesley, Massachusetts
Fuller Brook Park is a well-preserved linear park, established in 1899 for the dual purpose of improving drainage in flood-prone areas and providing parkland through the center of Wellesley, Massachusetts. It was an early and sophisticated municipal expression of an integrated multi-purpose civic improvement project. More than a century after it was created, Fuller Brook Park continues to serve multiple functions of drainage, open space, and pedestrian transportation while retaining its naturalistic character.

Previously Highlighted Great Outdoors Month Properties

[photo]Portland New Chinatown--Japantown Historic District
Photograph courtesy of the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office

Brandywine Park, New Castle County, Delaware

Laid out according to the landscape style advocated by the famous nineteenth-century landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted, Brandywine Park pays tribute to the natural beauty of the Brandywine River.  As the first city park established in Wilmington, Brandywine Park also fulfilled the need for public recreational space within a larger urban environment. The east coast of the United States was beginning to feel the loss of its wilderness, and its cities were crowded with immigrants, many of whom had never known the wealth of the American natural landscape.

Glacier National Park Tourist Trails Historic District, Glacier County, Montana
The 163 miles of trail crisscross the Continental Divide, access the park’s most publicized scenic vistas, and links visitor centers at Two Medicine, Cut Bank, St. Mary, Many Glacier, Goathaunt/Waterton, and Lake McDonald.

Rabideau Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Camp, Beltrami County, Minnesota
The Rabideau Camp is among the most important properties in the United States in which the history of the CCC and the New Deal can be experienced and interpreted.

Learn More

President Obama on America's Great Outdoors Initiative

National Park Service Programs:

Visit a National Park

Visit a National Heritage Area

Visit a Civil War battlefield or learn more about the Civil War

Teaching with Historic Places Great Outdoors Month lesson plans

Take a tour of a historic area with the help of our online travel itineraries

Programs and sites outside of the National Park Service

America's Great Outdoors

Let's Move

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