Brief Park Description: As president, Theodore Roosevelt created the first national parks, established the U.S. Forestry Service, and engineered the conservation of more than 230 million acres of public land.
Roosevelt signed the Antiquities Act in 1906 to protect Ancestral Pueblo dwellings. But the new law had far greater reach. It enabled the president to establish and protect national monuments like Muir Woods, Devils Tower, and Grand Canyon.
National parks, forests, and wildlife refuges are Roosevelt’s enduring legacy. What better memorial to this “Conservation President” than an island in the middle of the Potomac River?
Theodore Roosevelt Island National Memorial includes a statue of the president in an outdoor Memorial Plaza engraved with quotations that reflect his commitment to preserving the nation’s natural resources.
The rest of the 88.5-acre island is untamed wilderness. Trails and a boardwalk let you experience the environment in its natural state. In summers, the forest provides welcome shade and a nice spot for a picnic.