Find Your Park, Find Your Fun
Community Discovery Day

This Saturday, May 6, staff and volunteers at the Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites are eager to share lesser-known features of these treasured places with local families. Special free activities will highlight unique aspects of this National Park. Each opportunity is a little unconventional and designed so everyone has fun trying something new. Most are 20 minutes or less, and visitors can pick a few or come for the day and challenge themselves to do everything.

Many locals have gotten to know the Roosevelts and Vanderbilts with the guidance of park rangers or during house tours and school programs. Find Your Park, Find Your Fun will allow the National Park’s neighbors to experience smaller stories and the farthest corners of the park as well as treasures hidden right in the center of things. (Rain date: Sunday, May 7. To confirm: 845-229-9115.)

Sneak peek

8 am, guided bird walk, Home of Eleanor Roosevelt, Val Kill. Spot and identify Mrs. Roosevelt’s feathered friends with the help of a park ranger. Binoculars and insect repellent are strongly recommended. Eleanor’s Walk Trail is about a mile long with one steep uphill.

9 to noon, canna rhizomes at Vanderbilt Mansion’s formal gardens. Garden volunteers will tell you everything you need to know to grow your own splash of Gilded Age glory. While supplies last, take home two large cannas for a $3 donation.

9:30 & 12:30, meet at the champion ginkgo tree on the South lawn of Vanderbilt Mansion for a reading of Dr. Suess’s The Lorax. Bonus: learn why Franklin Roosevelt cared “a whole awful lot” for Frederick Vanderbilt’s trees.

10:30 & 11:30, puppet show — Young Franklin Roosevelt’s Walk in the Woods, Discovery Center at FDR’s Home. Take an imaginary walk on the wild side.

11 & 12, FDR Discovery Walk — take an actual walk on the wild side with a park ranger. Explore places FDR played as a kid and discover outdoor activities he enjoyed.

Noon, Scottie Dog Parade — Scotch terriers (in breed or spirit) will meet for a group walk on leash and with their people. Scotties will walk from the Wallace Center through the rose garden where Fala, FDR’s Scottie, is buried. Proceed to the Hudson River overlook, back through the stable and the vegetable garden.

1 & 2:15, The Barefoot Dance Company performs Quintessential Habitat in the Beatrix Farrand Garden at Bellefield (NPS Headquarters). This piece was choreographed specifically for the garden. Come experience how the magic of dance animates the garden in unexpected ways.

3:30, meet a park ranger on the river’s edge at Bard Rock and learn about the history of this picturesque landing. Park in the Vanderbilt Mansion lot and walk North on the drive, past the scenic overlook to the trail head. Approximately 15 minute walk downhill to Bard Rock. 20 minute uphill return!

All day, photo scavenger hunt — pick up the Scavenger Hunt List at the Wallace Visitor Center and use your photography skills and creativity to hunt down photo-ops throughout the park. Include people in your photos as a memory for later. Follow us on Instagram @NPS_HydePark and tag your photos with #NPSHydePark. At 12 & 3, meet other participants in the Roosevelt Home Garden to share your finds and photos. Follow us on Instagram @NPS_HydePark and tag your photos with #NPSHydePark.

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