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 many park-related issues. We contest ill-considered developments near historic battlefields, work to clear the air of pollution that harms parks and people, advocate for clean water and access in the Chesapeake Bay and Delaware River Watersheds, fight for the protection of parks against the impacts of hydraulic fracturing and oil and gas pipelines, and engage people of all backgrounds about the national parks in their backyard.
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.See more ›
Partnering with local communities and area organizations, the Mid-Atlantic team also raises 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 Energy’s transmission line in the James River, near historic Jamestown — threaten national parks.
The Mid-Atlantic staff and our 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. We’ve also protected Gettysburg National Military Park from three casinos proposed nearby, and recently established Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument.
As NPCA looks to the future, the Mid-Atlantic staff is optimistic about the outcomes of our current campaigns, grateful for our many 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
- 528 Seven Bridge Road East Stroudsburg, PA 18301
- Philadelphia, PA
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Read more about Experts Confirm Dominion’s Transmission Line in Historic James River Not Necessary
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Exploration takes place when an individual purposefully experiences or investigates something that is unfamiliar. I support the national parks because they are the perfect places to rediscover the wholesome places of the world, and the wholesome aspects of the self. — James Sisti
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Read more about Mid-Atlantic Regional Office Field Reports
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.
Read more about Amid Public Health Threat, Park Superintendents Given Authority to Close Areas Within National Parks
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Read more about Mid-Atlantic Field Representative
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Read more about NPCA Letter on National Capital Region Fees for Demonstrations
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Read more about Making Connections: Roots of Prosperity in New York and Pennsylvania’s Upper Delaware River Region
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Read more about Delaware River Program Manager
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Read more about Mid-Atlantic Regional Victories
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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 Historical Park ›
- 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 ›