National Mall and Memorial Parks

Energy Saving Projects Implemented In National Parks In Greater Washington, D.C., Region

The National Park Service is investing $29 million in 81 individual energy efficiency and water conservation projects at national parks throughout the greater Washington region. This unprecedented commitment to reducing energy use and generating energy from renewable sources is the largest to date among the nine bureaus in the Department of the Interior.

Celebrate Independence Day On The National Mall In Washington, D.C.

Perhaps the grandest Fourth of July celebration in the National Park System will be held in Washington, D.C., on the National Mall, where you can watch a parade, enjoy the Folklife Festival, listen to the U.S. Navy Band, and, of course, marvel at one of the largest fireworks displays in the country.

Veterans' Stories Added To World War II Memorial App Created By Trust For The National Mall

The Trust for the National Mall, in collaboration with the Library of Congress Veterans History Project, has added nearly 50 additional World War II veterans’ stories to the Trust’s award-winning World War II Memorial mobile app.

Heavy Rains Causing Problems For National Park Units In And Around Washington, D.C.

Flooding problems, possible sewage overflows, and downed trees were causing problems Friday for Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Rock Creek Park, and other National Park System units in and around Washington, D.C., and officials said things could get worse this weekend.

Trust For National Mall Honored For Its World War 2 App

Kudos to the Trust for the National Mall, which won an award for its World War II Memorial app from an arm of the American Advertising Federation.

Washington Monument To Open To Public On May 12

Having endured, and survived, an earthquake, the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C., is scheduled to open to the public for the first time in nearly three years on May 12.

Parking Meters Envisioned For National Mall And Memorial Parks

Planning a visit to the National Mall and Memorial Parks in Washington, D.C.? Take mass transit, or take change to feed the meters.

Trust For National Mall Building Campaign To Revitalize Constitution Gardens

Constitution Gardens long has been a focal point of the National Mall, in Washington, D.C., but it also long has suffered from lack of proper maintenance. An ambitious campaign mounted by the Trust for the National Mall aims to revitalize the Gardens, though it won't happen overnight.

Trust For The National Mall Releases Smartphone App For World War II Memorial

The next time you visit the National Mall and Memorial Parks in Washington, D.C., you can take a guide to the World War II Memorial on your smartphone, thanks to the Trust for the National Mall.

Traveler's View: There's No Lack Of GOP Chutzpa In The House When It Comes To National Parks

Despite the estimated loss of $76 million a day, the furlough of more than 20,000 federal and non-profit employees, and the ruination of countless vacations, 94 Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives want to know how many rangers it takes to keep the World War II Memorial on the National Mall closed.
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Baseline Data Being Compiled To Measure Sea-Level Rise In National Capital Region

In order to better track sea-level rise along the East Coast and the related impacts, National Park Service researchers have been building a database of habitat, vegetation, and erosional processes in the agency's National Capital Region.

Around The Parks: Drug Busts In Utah, Body Found At Glacier National Park, National Mall Photo Contest

A look at news from around the National Park System finds drug busts in Utah, another hiker death at Glacier National Park, and a photo contest for the National Mall.

National Park Foundation Grants Designed To Help Parks Improve Visitor Transportation

While some national parks struggle with moving tourists around during the peak season due to traffic jams and road systems designed for fewer vehicles, the National Park Foundation is working to provide the National Park Service with the expertise to help improve the situation.

Essential Friends + Gateways: High Tech Means High Touch With National Parks

As people become more and more wedded to mobile devices, the National Park System is trying to keep up—and so are its friends. To engage visitors and potential supporters, national park friends groups and foundations are enticing the public with high technology. Here are some savvy ways that’s happening.

$10 Million Gift From Volkswagen Will Benefit National Mall And Memorial Parks In Washington, D.C.

Ten million dollars are heading to the Trust for the National Mall over the next five years to help the organization preserve and protect the National Mall and Memorial Parks in Washington, D.C.

Wood Stove Decathlon Coming To National Mall In November

Wood stoves are great generators of heat, but some are not the most efficient in terms of dispersing that heat and when it comes to generation of particulate matter and smoke. To improve on that efficiency, the Wood Stove Decathlon will be coming to the National Mall this fall to see who can design and build the most innovative and affordable next generation wood stove.

Essential Friends + Gateways: Trust For the National Mall, New Efforts To Save Our Icons

National Mall at night, copyright Stephen R. Brown
The term “national park” has a kneejerk meaning to many—only the clued-in know how diverse “units” of the park system really are. Towering Half Dome in Yosemite National Park isn’t the only grand granite monument protected by the National Park Service—and you don’t even need to look beyond the borders of Washington, D.C., to prove it.

National Parks Traveler's Essential Friends + Gateways

Traveler's 2nd Annual Essential Friends + Gateways publication, a collaboration between the Traveler and a core group of national park foundations, cooperating associations, trusts, friends groups, and gateway communities, is aimed at enhancing and furthering the now nationally significant role of these organizations and entities in the preservation and enjoyment of our parks.

Improvements Coming To Japanese Stone Lantern Site On National Mall

Construction soon will begin at the National Mall on a new plaza to improve the accessibility and sustainability of the area around the Japanese Stone Lantern, the historic centerpiece of the annual Cherry Blossom Festival.

Interior Secretary Orders National Park Service To Better Manage National Mall

The nation's front yard -- the National Mall in Washington, D.C. -- is hammered pretty hard each year by more than 25 million visitors. To reduce their impact on the grassy expanse, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has directed the National Park Service to better manage the promenade that stretches from the Lincoln Memorial to the U.S. Capitol.

Updated: As Hurricane Sandy Nears Land, National Park Service Closing Parks And Offices

Hurricane Sandy's approach has prompted the closure of a number of National Park System units, including Shenandoah National Park and parks in the Washington, D.C., area.

Tickets For National Christmas Tree Lighting Go On Sale October 25

True, the year-end holidays are a ways off yet, but the lights on the National Christmas Tree in Washington will be turned on December 6, and if you want to be there in person it's time to start planning.

Repaired, Filled, Then Drained, The Troubled Reflecting Pool On The National Mall

First came two years of renovations at a cost of $34 million, then a slow filling, and then the invasion of algae. Now the Reflecting Pool on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., is dry once again while officials ponder how to ensure it does indeed reflect when full.

Honda Donates More Than $70,000 Worth Of Equipment To Keep The National Mall Tidy

If you've ever stood in the middle of the National Mall in Washington, D.C., you can imagine what a chore it must be to cut the grass, trim the shrubs, prune the trees, and keep the flowerbeds tidy. And mowers, clippers, and trimmers for that sizable task aren't cheap, which is why Honda is being applauded for donating more than $70,000 worth of power equipment for the job.

Trust For the National Mall Looking For A Few (Dozen) Good Volunteers

It's difficult to miss them on the National Mall: They're dressed in yellow shirts and khaki pants or shorts, wear ball caps with the National Park Service and Trust for the National Mall logos, and heft backpacks filled with information and, if you're thirsty, water.
WWII Memorial: Jewel of the Mall In his book on the "Jewel of the Mall," the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., photographer Stephen R. Brown not only captures the solemnity of the memorial, as well as its magnificent architecture and design, but also goes behind the scene to document the bronze castings, granite carvings, and erection of the memorial.

Reflecting Pool On National Mall Soon To Reflecting Once Again

Not quite two years after it was drained, the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., will soon be reflecting again.

It's the Centennial Year for Washington D.C.'s Cherry Blossoms. Will the Blooms Cooperate?

This year marks the centennial for Washington, D.C.'s famous cherry trees, and that adds a little extra drama to the "big question" facing organizers of the National Cherry Blossom Festival every year: Will the trees bloom on the same schedule as the Festival events? The official "peak bloom" prediction for 2012 has now been released.

NPS Proposes Adding Five Bikeshare Stations on the National Mall

Are short-term bike rentals one solution for easing traffic congestion around the National Mall in Washington, D.C.? The NPS has proposed allowing five stations on NPS managed property for the growing Capital Bikeshare system, and is accepting public comments for the idea.
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