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
- Charleston, WV
- 528 Seven Bridge Road, Suite 106 East Stroudsburg, PA 18301
More about the Mid-Atlantic region
Read more about Protecting our parks from private toll lanes.
ActiveAction Protecting our parks from private toll lanes. For years Maryland has discussed solutions to our state’s traffic. Unfortunately, the only solution currently proposed by Governor Larry Hogan involves building expensive, private toll lanes.
Read more about Support the Chesapeake National Recreation Area.
ActiveAction Support the Chesapeake National Recreation Area. Urge your member of Congress to co-sponsor a bill to establish the Chesapeake National Recreation Area.
Read more about Support the Proposed Chesapeake National Recreation Area
NPCA at Work Support the Proposed Chesapeake National Recreation Area The Chesapeake Bay is worth inclusion in the National Park System to enhance public access and protection.
Read more about Keep Massive Industrial Data Centers Away from our National Parks
NPCA at Work Keep Massive Industrial Data Centers Away from our National Parks New developments could compromise the environmental integrity of several national parks in Virginia, including Prince William Forest Park, Manassas National Battlefield, Wilderness Battlefield, and more.
when I visit them, I am the happiest I've ever been. It feels like I've returned home. — Natalie Lessa
Read more about Don't Pave Mid-Atlantic Parks
NPCA at Work Don't Pave Mid-Atlantic Parks An expensive highway-widening project would irreversibly harm more than a hundred acres of parklands, putting taxpayers at risk without solving the region's traffic problems.
Read more about Protect Historic Jamestown
NPCA at Work Protect Historic Jamestown The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers authorized Dominion Energy to construct enormous electric transmission towers throughout a historic landscape without ever preparing an environmental impact statement. But now we have the opportunity to make things right for Historic Jamestown.
Read more about Oxon Cove Park and Oxon Hill Farm Are National Treasures Worthy of Protection
NPCA at Work Oxon Cove Park and Oxon Hill Farm Are National Treasures Worthy of Protection Protecting, interpreting and enhancing the history and environment at this urban oasis is critical. Unfortunately, development threats and underfunding have plagued this park site for decades.
Read more about Casino Project Cancelled at Gettysburg
Victory Casino Project Cancelled at Gettysburg Local developer ends his third attempt to build a racetrack and casino near this hallowed Civil War battlefield.
Read more about Congress Fails the Public: Why NPCA Will Continue to Defend Clean, Safe National Park Waters
NPCA at Work Congress Fails the Public: Why NPCA Will Continue to Defend Clean, Safe National Park Waters In February 2017, Congress voted to dismantle the Stream Protection Rule, which would have safeguarded streams from pollution created by mountaintop removal and surface coal mining.
Read more about Don’t Let a Highway Destroy a Piece of History at Valley Forge
NPCA at Work Don’t Let a Highway Destroy a Piece of History at Valley Forge A proposal to expand the Pennsylvania Turnpike would put irreplaceable historic structures and a Class A Wild Trout Stream at risk of irreparable harm from flooding because it fails to include a proper stormwater management plan.
Read more about New River Gorge National Park and Preserve: An Outdoor Mecca Driving Business Growth and Entrepreneurship
Report New River Gorge National Park and Preserve: An Outdoor Mecca Driving Business Growth and Entrepreneurship Carved through the Appalachian Mountains, New River Gorge National Park and Preserve tells the story of one of the world’s oldest rivers, shares the coal mining history of its neighbors, and embodies some of the most diverse habitats that have emerged through time.
Read more about The Beacon
Podcast Episode The Beacon New legislation could preserve sites and stories along the Chesapeake Bay, including a rare squawking lighthouse and a Civil War fortress.
Read more about Congress Averted an October Shutdown. But What’s Next?
Blog Post Congress Averted an October Shutdown. But What’s Next? National parks are open, thanks to late-night actions by Congress Sept. 30. But parks could face the same situation in mid-November that they just narrowly avoided if long-term funding issues aren’t resolved soon.
Read more about Mid-Atlantic Young Professionals Advisory Council
Resource Mid-Atlantic Young Professionals Advisory Council NPCA’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Office established the Mid-Atlantic Young Professional Advisory Council in support of NPCA’s strategic effort to engage young people to make a difference and bring unique perspectives to efforts to protect national parks and public lands
Read more about What a Federal Government Shutdown Means for National Parks
Blog Post What a Federal Government Shutdown Means for National Parks If Congress fails to pass appropriations bills by deadline, the federal government will shut down. This puts the National Park Service in the unfortunate but necessary position of having to close its parks — putting family vacations, school trips, park protection and local economies in jeopardy. Here are 10 frequently asked questions.
Read more about Battle Lines
Magazine Article Battle Lines For decades, advocates have defended Manassas National Battlefield Park from one threat after another. Now with the specter of a massive data center project looming, they may be facing their biggest fight yet.
Read more about Lead Proof
Magazine Article Lead Proof A recent ballistics discovery at Fort Necessity National Battlefield confirmed where the French and Indian War began.
Read more about 7 Tips for Telling Your Park Story Like a Documentary Photographer
Blog Post 7 Tips for Telling Your Park Story Like a Documentary Photographer We love national park photos, but posed images can’t tell the whole story — especially years later. An award-winning documentary photographer shares how to turn your family adventure into cherished memories.
Read more about National Parks Are in Climate Distress. This Law is One Step Toward a Solution.
Blog Post National Parks Are in Climate Distress. This Law is One Step Toward a Solution. A year after its passage, 2022’s Inflation Reduction Act remains a historic climate investment in national parks. It can’t be the only one.
Read more about Why We Serve
Podcast Episode Why We Serve Advocates in Washington, DC, are revitalizing a beloved but often overlooked riverfront park. Here's how veterans and local advocates joined forces to help restore an urban gem.
Read more about New Legislation Brings Proposed Chesapeake National Recreation Area One Step Closer to Reality
Press Release New Legislation Brings Proposed Chesapeake National Recreation Area One Step Closer to Reality Working together to create a Chesapeake National Recreation Area would expand public access to the largest estuary in the nation, bring economic growth to nearby communities, and help the National Park Service, native Tribes, and Chesapeake watermen interpret thousands of years of impactful history.
Read more about A More Complete Story at Gettysburg
Blog Post A More Complete Story at Gettysburg Marking the 160th anniversary of the Civil War’s bloodiest battle, Gettysburg National Military Park has expanded its historical interpretation. Visitors now can learn more about the history of free and enslaved Blacks and the context of Confederate monuments.
Read more about Latinos Are Critical to the Environmental Movement
Blog Post Latinos Are Critical to the Environmental Movement Latino Conservation Week highlights the contributions of Latinos in caring for the environment, while encouraging the community’s culture of stewardship. Here’s how NPCA supports Latino engagement every day.
Read more about Coastal Parks Offer Climate Solutions
Blog Post Coastal Parks Offer Climate Solutions NPCA is working to ensure coastal national parks are part of the climate solution. The more we protect national park waters from climate impacts now, the more they will protect us and our parks for generations to come.
Read more about Regional Haze Pollution in EPA Region 3
Resource Regional Haze Pollution in EPA Region 3 Strong state regional haze plans are critical to restoring clean air and clear skies to treasured places like Shenandoah National Park and Dolly Sods Wilderness Area. Unfortunately, states in the Mid-Atlantic are failing to adequately cut air pollution impacting these parks and wilderness areas and communities.
Read more about Data Centers
Fact Sheet Data Centers Data centers are environmentally problematic in a variety of ways. Specifically, data centers consume as much energy as 25,000 households per year and millions of gallons of water a day. They also disrupt communities with noise and health violations. Data centers can threaten national parks and drinking water quality.
Read more about The Geography That Unites Us
Podcast Episode The Geography That Unites Us A unique outdoor theater in D.C. once brought people together for nights of music and poetry under the stars, but structural problems forced it to close in 2017. Can a group of advocates restore it for a new generation?
Read more about The Giving Trees
Podcast Episode The Giving Trees Witness trees stood in significant places at key moments in American history, linking past and present and shaping our understanding of both. But what happens when witness trees fall? A unique partnership between the Rhode Island School of Design and the National Park Service lets their stories live on.
Read more about A Walk on the Wild Side
Podcast Episode A Walk on the Wild Side A Supreme Court justice once led a 185-mile trek to save the landscape he loved. Today, park lovers keep that spirit alive through a one-day marathon hike in Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park each spring.
Read more about The Show Must Go On
Podcast Episode The Show Must Go On The only national park site dedicated to the performing arts has been quiet for over a year, but a new chorus of singers is stealing the show at this Virginia venue: a feisty, sex-crazed swarm of Brood X cicadas.
Read more about Mid-Atlantic Climate and Clean Water Program Manager
Staff Renee Reber Renee joined NPCA in August 2022. Renee’s work is focus on protecting parks and surrounding communities throughout the Mid-Atlantic region from the impacts of the climate crisis, including sea level rise, flooding, and extreme weather events.
Read more about Visualizing “Build-Out” in the Upper Delaware River Corridor
Resource Visualizing “Build-Out” in the Upper Delaware River Corridor Envisioning the future of the Upper Delaware River Corridor
Read more about West Virginia Voters Support their National Parks
Report West Virginia Voters Support their National Parks The National Parks Conservation Association commissioned polling opinion research among West Virginia Voters to gauge their attitudes about national parks and policies that could further enhance and preserve them.
Read more about Indigenous Partnerships Field Representative
Staff Michaela Pavlat Michaela Pavlat is the Indigenous Partnerships Field Representative for the Mid-Atlantic Region. She is a citizen of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.
Read more about West Virginia Program Manager
Staff Samantha Nygaard Samantha Nygaard serves as the West Virginia Program Manager, part of the Mid-Atlantic regional team. Through this role Sam is dedicated to advocating and preserving the Mountain State’s parks and public lands, including America’s newest national park, New River Gorge National Park & Preserve.
Read more about Chaco Canyon: A journey through land and time
Video Chaco Canyon: A journey through land and time Explore and learn about Chaco Culture National Historical Park, its uniqueness and formation, and the ways we can work to protect it.
Read more about Sourcebook for National Park Gateway Communities: Delaware River
Report Sourcebook for National Park Gateway Communities: Delaware River Preserving community character, promoting park and community health, and stimulating local economies
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 Key Maglev facts and figures
Fact Sheet Key Maglev facts and figures Download our PDF with quick facts on the proposed Maglev train that would operate between Baltimore, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.
Read more about Park Talks
Regional Events Park Talks Join our NPCA community for virtual "Park Talks" to learn about our work and ways you can get involved.
Read more about Online Comment-Writing Workshop
Oppose the widening project Online Comment-Writing Workshop Please join NPCA staff and representatives from the Rock Creek Conservancy and Maryland Sierra Club on Tuesday, September 8, to learn how to speak out against this harmful proposal.
Read more about Mid Atlantic Program Manager
Staff Kyle Hart Kyle Hart joined NPCA in February 2020 as the Mid-Atlantic Field Representative.
Read more about Associate Director, Communications
Staff and Media Personnel Kyle Groetzinger Kyle Groetzinger joined NPCA in June 2019 and serves as Associate Director of Communications. He leads communications strategy and media outreach efforts for the Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Sun Coast, and Texas regions, along with the organization’s cultural resources and future parks teams.
Read more about Farming in National Parks in the Mid-Atlantic
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.
Read more about Delaware River Program Manager
Staff Sharon Davis Sharon joined NPCA's Mid-Atlantic team in 2017.
Read more about Senior Regional Director
Staff Edward Stierli Ed serves as Senior Director in the Mid-Atlantic region, overseeing NPCA’s activities in five states and the District of Columbia.
Read more about Senior Mid-Atlantic Program Director
Staff Pamela Goddard Pamela Goddard is the Senior Program Director of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the National Parks Conservation Association. She works with local, state, and federal stakeholders to restore and protect the 78 national parks, five national trails, and nine national heritage areas in the Mid-Atlantic Region.
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 ›
- Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial ›
- 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 Park & Preserve ›
- 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 ›