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.

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

Nature Journaling 101
Saturday, June 17, 11 am-12:30 pm, Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site
Hone your observation skills while reflecting in the woods where Eleanor Roosevelt regularly walked. Participants will learn writing and drawing exercises while exploring the 1 mile loop trail, Eleanor's Walk. They will also receive additional activity ideas and decorate the cover of their journal to take home. Exploration will include reading some of Eleanor's writings and considering the question, "Where do human rights begin?" This program is designed for youth ages 9-12 and their families, but life-long learners of all ages are welcome! For more information contact Park Ranger, Kayla Altland, at e-mail us

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.

Guided Tours of the Formal Gardens at the Vanderbilt Mansion
Sundays, 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

Cottage Conversations
Saturday, 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.

Saturday, June 24, 1:00-2:30 pm, Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center.
One Earth: Environmental Stories and Songs. Funny and moving stories, songs and music that celebrate the beauty of the natural world, explore our interconnections with that world and empower people to care for our planet. "A Combination of Robin Williams, Pete Seeger and, Captain Kangaroo" Free to the public. Make your reservations here.

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

"Adventure in Star Gazing and Solar System Astronomy!”
Saturday, July 8, 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm, meet at Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center
Meet David Lindemann a local Astronomer. Visit our Solar System's two largest planets: Gas Giants Jupiter with its colorful bands, and Saturn with its amazing rings. We will walk to the best viewing areas in the park for our star gazing program. Mr. Lindemann will give a talk on our solar systems planets.Observation scopes will be available for your viewing of the planets, Saturn and Jupiter. Feel free to bring your own observation scopes. Register for your FREE ticket 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
Building Community with Place Based Learning.
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


    • 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 28, 2017

    Free Lawn Concerts for 2017

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  • Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site

    Teaching the Hudson Valley Institute 2017

    • Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
    • Location: Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center
    Tuesday, July 25, 2017

    This year’s theme is Building Community with Place-Based Learning.

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