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
Staff Katie Morgan Katie joined NPCA in 2019 as the Chesapeake Field Representative. Her work focuses on connecting people to places in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.
Blog Post Trump Administration Rollback Could Hurt These 10 Parks Revisions to the Clean Water Rule could have real, on-the-ground consequences for hundreds of national park sites — including these 10.
Blog Post The 12 Most-Visited Winter Parks National park sites can provide an ideal adventure or an escape from the cold during the winter months.
Press Release Trump Administration Advances Seismic Testing, Threatening Wildlife at 33 Coastal National Parks The Trump administration is ignoring threats to whales, dolphins and other marine life to further its ongoing quest for energy dominance.
These days, we need all the wonder we can get. — Todd
Blog Post The Oldest River in North America? Earlier this month, the National Park Service celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, a law that protects some of the most celebrated waters in the country. One of these rivers is widely regarded as the oldest river in North America, formed an estimated 260 million to 325 million years ago — although not all scientists agree the claim is true.
Blog Post 10 Scenic National Park Drives These 10 parks offer incredible views of some of America's most beautiful places with plenty of opportunities to get out and explore along the way.
Letter NPCA Letter on National Capital Region Fees for Demonstrations The National Park Service has proposed a variety of changes for special events and demonstrations in and around Washington, D.C., such as modifying and establishing restricted areas at memorials, establishing a maximum permit length of 30 days, and expanding the number of areas where a permit isn’t necessary for demonstrations. The most controversial change is floating the idea of recovering some of the costs for demonstrated events.
Report Making Connections: Roots of Prosperity in New York and Pennsylvania’s Upper Delaware River Region In October 2018, National Parks Conservation Association and partners released a new report to highlight stories from the emerging economy in the Upper Delaware River region, an area in Pennsylvania and New York stretching from Hancock, NY downstream to Port Jervis, and anchored by the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River (S&RR).
Press Release New Report Highlights Upper Delaware River Region’s Emerging Economy, Finds Community Collaboration Vital for its Future "Strong partnerships and productive collaboration among community leaders are vital for the region’s bright future and for the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River." - NPCA Senior Regional Director Joy Oakes
Blog Post Vacation with Ghosts in These 10 Deserted Park Towns Enjoy the spookiest time of year in one of the many abandoned towns that dot scenic national park landscapes around the country.
Magazine Article The Forgotten March The 1932 veterans’ protest in Washington had a lasting impact on America but disappeared in the dustbin of history. The Park Service is working to change that.
Magazine Article Front-Lawn Fishing The National Mall is flooding to the point that anglers can catch fish swimming among the cherry trees. Should the Park Service worry?
Blog Post 10 (Truly) Hidden National Park Gems Many of the national parks’ wonders are out in plain sight, but some are nearly impossible to see. Here are 10 of those frustratingly out-of-reach attractions as well as easier-to-get-to alternatives.
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.
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.
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.
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 and Media Personnel Alison Zemanski Heis Alison Zemanski Heis joined NPCA in 2010 and leads communications outreach for the Midwest, Northeast and NPCA's national water work. She also leads the communications outreach strategy in support of NPCA’s corporate partnerships and celebrity engagement efforts.
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.
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 ›