Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Site
#Find Your Park 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.

Cottage Conversations
Saturday, May 20, June 24, and August 12, from 9:30am – 11:30am, In the “Playhouse” at the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site.
This year’s Cottage Conversations Series will focus on “Intersectionality: Moving Beyond Labels”. The workshop presenter, Michele Luc, will share materials and lead the discussion and activities that will provide further insight into intersectionality. The discussions will flesh out theories of intersectionality and diversity (sexual ID, race, age, gender etc.) and assist program participants’ understanding and identification of intersectionality in daily life. The overall goal of the program is to have participants ultimately use what they have learned or discussed for the purpose of making positive change within themselves and in their communities. Maximum capacity for this series is 30. Make your reservations here.

Guided Tours of the Formal Gardens at the Vanderbilt Mansion
Sundays, May 21, June 18, July 16, August 20, September 17, and October 15, 1:00-4:00 pm
Tours of the Vanderbilt Garden are led by trained interpreters from the FW Vanderbilt Garden Association, Inc. For more information, please contact Cecily Frazier at 845-876-7462 or go to

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, 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. Register Here.

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

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

Tea with Nina Roosevelt Gibson and Friends
Sunday, June 11, 2:00-5:00 pm Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site
2:00 pm – Special tour of Val-Kill, followed by 3:00 pm afternoon tea hosted by Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill (ERVK) and the National Park Service. Nina Roosevelt Gibson, granddaughter of Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt, will share memories of being with her grandmother and highlight the untold stories of others who lived at Val-Kill who were instrumental in making her grandmother comfortable during her latter years. She will be joined by Barbara Entrup Zitz and Janet Entrup Guzzetta who will reveal extraordinary insights into how the household functioned during the hectic visits from heads of state as well as the quiet times when only “Mrs. R” was at home. Admission to the tea is free. Tour tickets - $10.00 or free with special park pass. Please RSVP to as seating and tickets are limited.

Flag Day Ceremony
Sunday, June 11, 11:00 am
Poughkeepsie Elks Lodge#275, along with the assistance of the Boy Scouts, will conduct a Flag Day ceremony on the south lawn of the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site

The Great American Father's Day Cookout
Sunday, June 18, 11:30 am-1:30 pm, Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site
Join us for a traditional summer cookout on the grounds of Vanderbilt Mansion. Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy an old fashioned picnic with catered food, lawn games, a gift for dad, and an extra special surprise for dessert! $15/Adults, $10/Children (Under 12) with advance reservations. Make your reservations 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
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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  • Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site

    Plant Sale

    • Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    • Location: Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic site
    • Fees: $
    Saturday, May 27, 2017

    Thousands of annuals and perennials will be on sale at reasonable prices. All profits support operation and restoration of the Vanderbilt gardens.

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  • Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site


    • Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM,6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
    • Location: Staatsburgh State Historic Site (Mills Mansion) and Vanderbilt Mansion NHS
    • Fees: Free
    Wednesday, June 7, 2017

    Free Lawn Concerts for 2017

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