Contemplate the view of our nation's capital from the heights of the Washington Monument. Walk the sacred fields of Antietam or Gettysburg to ponder the meaning of our history. Gaze out at Baltimore Harbor from the star-shaped ramparts of Fort McHenry, and imagine lifting that flag in triumph. Take a walk at Shenandoah or Harpers Ferry to reach an unparalleled view, or slip into a kayak for a serene paddle on the Delaware River. All of these experiences, and many more, are available to you in the national parks of Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. NPCA’s Mid-Atlantic staff and volunteers work tirelessly to protect this area’s historic, culturally rich, and naturally spectacular parks.
The Mid-Atlantic team tackles countless park-related issues. They combat ill-considered developments near historic battlefields, work to clear the air of pollution that harms parks and people, advocate for the protection of parks against the impacts of hydraulic fracturing and oil and gas pipelines, and excite urban youth about the national parks in their backyard.
Partnering with local communities and area organizations, the Mid-Atlantic team also focuses its efforts on raising awareness of the natural, historical, and tourism-generating amenities of the national parks on the Delaware River. Finally, the team takes on big companies when their plans – such as Dominion Virginia Power’s proposed transmission line in the James River, near historic Jamestown – threaten national parks.
The Mid-Atlantic office and its allies mark many successes in the region – the establishment of Fort Monroe National Monument and the expansion of Harpers Ferry National Historical Park to name a few. They’ve also protected Gettysburg National Military Park from two casinos proposed nearby, and Wilderness Battlefield from the construction of a Walmart superstore.
As NPCA looks to the future, the Mid-Atlantic staff will remain optimistic about the outcomes of their current campaigns, grateful for past successes, and excited to continue to grow the community of park advocates.
The Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in North America, stretching 180 miles and offering nearly 12,000 miles of shoreline! It is also home to some of our remarkable national parks, including two water trails — The Captain John Smith Chesapeake and Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trails.
Field Offices in the Mid-Atlantic Region
More about the Mid-Atlantic region
Regional Events See Change: Climate in National Parks Join us for this special evening of dialogue and art hosted by the European Union.
Regional Events Nanticoke River Eco-Paddle Bring your family and join us, and the campaign Reclaim Our River -- Nanticoke Series, for a morning paddle followed by lunch.
Fact Sheet Ozone Fact Sheet Ozone threatens the health of park visitors and contributes to the disease and death of park species such as the black cherry tree in the East and aspen and ponderosa pine in the West. National park ecosystems across the country are already showing damage from ground-level ozone pollution.
Magazine Article Small Plastic, Big Problem Plastic is polluting oceans and national park beaches alike, and new studies show that even the tiniest pieces pose a large threat.
The desire to change our way of thinking is a proactive kind of feeling but regret and shame only arise after the fact; when it's too late. Let us not wish we had been more accountable and wonder what happened to such wonderful pieces of our great nations history after they have been parceled and dissected into sparse reminders of their sublime majesty. Let us, instead, continue to be good stewards to the land which has provided us with so many rich and wonderful personal experiences and stories of good times shared with good people in a great land. — Ian
Magazine Article Birds on the Battlefield As green space shrinks and suburbs expand, a growing number of wildlife seekers are heading to historic parks for their nature fix.
Press Release Federal District Court Ruling Allows Construction of Dominion Transmission Line at Historic Jamestown to Continue Today’s ruling puts centuries of American history in jeopardy.
Press Release Parks Group Files Intent to Sue Over Endangered Species Act Violations at Historic Jamestown and James River New information reveals that federal agencies overlooked the presence of endangered juvenile Atlantic Sturgeon and Shortnose Sturgeon in the James River at Jamestown.
Blog Post A Different Kind of Field Work Farmers help preserve the historic feel at parks by keeping traditional crops on their landscapes.
See a Map Farming in National Parks in the Mid-Atlantic See 14 national park sites in the Chesapeake Bay watershed where farmers work with Park Service staff to manage runoff and other environmental threats responsibly.
Magazine Article The Appalachian Trail Blazer Just how far could long-distance hiker Jennifer Pharr Davis push herself?
Blog Post Old School: Unique Treasures from National Park Museums The National Park Service manages one of the largest museum systems in North America, preserving more than 45 million objects across 385 park collections. Here are 7 of those objects and the stories they tell across time.
Blog Post 10 Facts You Might Not Know About Frederick Douglass, in Honor of His 200th Birthday This famed abolitionist’s story is even more fascinating than what many of us learn in school.
Blog Post Celebrating the ‘Book Man’ of Washington, D.C. This month is the first time the public can see the home of pioneering educator Carter G. Woodson during the event he founded — Black History Month.
Blog Post Fuel Your Park Adventure: 10 Great Restaurants Near National Parks Restaurants just outside national parks can be destinations in their own right. Our staff recommends 10 eateries where you can enjoy local delicacies.
Resource 10 Ways to Be a Park Advocate Want to be an advocate for parks, but don't know where to start?
Report Mid-Atlantic Regional Office Field Reports These field reports provide timely updates and perspectives on issues of interest to our members and supporters in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.
Staff Sharon Davis Sharon joined NPCA's Mid-Atlantic team in 2017.
Fact Sheet How to Host a Park Volunteer Event Hosting a park volunteer event is an empowering act that flexes your leadership skills, helps our parks and engages new people. Learn how with this step-by-step guide.
Staff Amanda John Amanda joined NPCA in 2016. She is thrilled to be on the Mid-Atlantic team as the Pennsylvania & Delaware Program Manager using her background in advocacy campaign management, policy work, and social justice organizing to protect this region’s unique natural and historic places.
Staff Stephanie Heidbreder Stephanie joined NPCA in January 2016 as the Chesapeake Field Representative for the Mid-Atlantic Region.
Report Dominion’s Proposed Transmission Towers - Issues and Alternatives This report finds that the basis for the proposed project is flawed and there is time to determine – and implement – better ways of supplying reliable electricity to the area.
Resource Mid-Atlantic Regional Victories This document details the various park protection victories of the Mid-Atlantic region.
Staff Pamela Goddard Pamela Goddard, Director of NPCA's Chesapeake and Virginia Programs, joined NPCA in 2011 to engage park advocates and decision-makers in the Mid-Atlantic in support of strong park policies. When not busy with this mission, you might find her hanging out with her family outdoors or at hole-in-the-wall restaurants.
Staff Melanie McDowell Melanie joined NPCA in March 2015 as the Senior Coordinator for the Mid-Atlantic Region.
Staff Joy M. Oakes Joining NPCA in 2001, Joy serves as the Senior Regional Director of the Mid-Atlantic, overseeing NPCA’s activities in the region’s five states and the District of Columbia.
Fact Sheet Must Jamestown’s Historic Character Be Destroyed? Must Jamestown’s Historic Character Be Destroyed? Could other options provide sufficient, reliable power without ruining this historic area? Alternatives must be analyzed and evaluated by the public.
Report Making Connections: Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area As Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area begins its sixth decade as part of America’s National Park System, this report assesses the national park’s economic benefits and its value to the broader region. It also identifies challenges and opportunities to sustain and enhance its significance.
Report Harriet Tubman National Historical Park and Expansion NPCA has advocated for adding Harriet Tubman’s story to the National Park System since 2007, first supporting the legislation to authorize the Secretary of the Department of Interior to conduct a special resource study there, leading up to the national monument designation in 2013 by President Obama.
Report Gettysburg National Military Park Expansion For more than four years, NPCA has advocated for the addition of the Gettysburg or “Lincoln” train station, to be added to Gettysburg National Military Park.
Explore Our Parks
- Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site ›
- Anacostia Park ›
- Antietam National Battlefield ›
- Appomattox Court House National Historical Park ›
- Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial ›
- Assateague Island National Seashore ›
- Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument ›
- Bluestone National Scenic River ›
- Booker T. Washington National Monument ›
- Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail ›
- Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site ›
- Catoctin Mountain Park ›
- Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park ›
- Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park ›
- Clara Barton National Historic Site ›
- Colonial National Historical Park ›
- Constitution Gardens ›
- Delaware National Scenic River ›
- Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area ›
- Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site ›
- Eisenhower National Historic Site ›
- First State National Historical Park ›
- Flight 93 National Memorial ›
- Ford's Theatre National Historic Site ›
- Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine ›
- Fort Monroe National Monument ›
- Fort Necessity National Battlefield ›
- Fort Washington Park ›
- Franklin Delano Roosevelt National Memorial ›
- Frederick Douglass National Historic Site ›
- Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park ›
- Friendship Hill National Historic Site ›
- Gauley River National Recreation Area ›
- George Washington Birthplace National Monument ›
- George Washington Memorial Parkway ›
- Gettysburg National Military Park ›
- Great Falls Park ›
- Greenbelt Park ›
- Hampton National Historic Site ›
- Harpers Ferry National Historical Park ›
- Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument ›
- Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site ›
- Independence National Historical Park ›
- Johnstown Flood National Memorial ›
- Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens ›
- Korean War Veterans National Memorial ›
- Lincoln Memorial National Memorial ›
- Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove on the Potomac ›
- Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site ›
- Manassas National Battlefield Park ›
- Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial ›
- Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site ›
- Monocacy National Battlefield ›
- National Capital Parks-East ›
- National Mall and Memorial Parks ›
- New River Gorge National River ›
- Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Site ›
- Petersburg National Battlefield ›
- Piscataway Park ›
- Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail ›
- Prince William Forest Park ›
- Richmond National Battlefield Park ›
- Rock Creek Park ›
- Shenandoah National Park ›
- Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail ›
- Steamtown National Historic Site ›
- Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial ›
- Theodore Roosevelt Island National Memorial ›
- Thomas Jefferson Memorial National Memorial ›
- Thomas Stone National Historic Site ›
- Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River ›
- Valley Forge National Historical Park ›
- Vietnam Veterans Memorial ›
- Washington Monument National Memorial ›
- White House (Presidents Park) ›
- Wolf Trap National Park for The Performing Arts ›
- World War II Memorial ›
- World War I Memorial ›