A Living Memorial

In the 1930s, landscape architects transformed Mason’s Island from neglected, overgrown farmland into Theodore Roosevelt Island, a memorial to America’s 26th president. They conceived a “real forest” designed to mimic the natural forest that once covered the island. Today miles of trails through wooded uplands and swampy bottomlands honor the legacy of a great outdoorsman and conservationist.

Jogger on trail covered in fall leaves passing a park bench.

Trail Maps

Download a trail map, birding checklist or brochure.

Large round marble fountain in foreground and statue of Theodore Roosevelt in background.

Developing The Memorial

Explore proposed memorials to Theodore Roosevelt and see photos of the Civilian Conservation Corps at work developing the memorial.

Last updated: July 23, 2021

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