What do the woods of Acadia, the torch of the Statue of Liberty, the shores of Cape Cod, and the Italianate home of Franklin D. Roosevelt have in common? All of these diverse treasures – wild and urban, vast and small—can be found within the national parks of the Northeast. From the Delaware Water Gap in New Jersey to the newly designated site in Maine, NPCA’s Northeast Regional Office works to protect park units of astonishing cultural, historical, and natural diversity.
The Northeast Regional Office, based in New York City, works on a suite of issues. Their priorities include promoting and protecting the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, home of the Delaware River, water source for more than 15 million people; raising awareness of the grave maintenance needs of our parks, including those priceless places that tell America’s pre- and post-Revolution story; and engaging urban populations with the parks in their backyards, such as Gateway National Recreation Area.
The Northeast office successfully secured community participation in the creation of Gateways’ general management plan, a visionary document that takes great strides toward balancing public recreation with protecting and restoring the park’s resources. This team also rallied support for the establishment of a national park at Stonewall in NY, the first site dedicated to telling the story of America’s LGBT movement.
The staff of the Northeast will continue to straddle both the urban and natural worlds as they focus on securing better transportation to the Jamaica Bay unit of Gateway, empowering more audiences to Find Your Voice for national parks, and collaborating with parks on needed climate change adaptations. It’s an important time for park protection, and we hope you’ll join the staff of the Northeast with their critical work.
Who Knew? Gateway's Hidden Gem
Covering an area nearly equal that of nearby Manhattan, Jamaica Bay is one of three units of the Gateway National Recreation Area. Visitors can bike the park's many trails, paddle the protected waters of the bay or hike within the wildlife refuge.
More about the Northeast region
Regional Events Northeast Friends Convention 2016 Please join us for NPCA's 2016 Friends Convention! This gathering offers a unique opportunity for Northeast friends groups, local organizations, individuals and National Park Service staff to network and share resources.
Press Release Obama Designates National Monument in Maine Move comes in advance of 100th anniversary of National Park Service
Blog Post The 14 Parks You Can't Get Enough Of The results of our recent poll are in, and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate the National Park Service centennial this month than to share what you, the parks’ biggest advocates, love most in our park system.
Trip Acadia & New Brunswick Expiereince the reach maritime culture of Maine and New Brunswick, with time at Acadia National Park and the Roosevelt Campobello International Park, which preserves the house and grounds of FDR and his family’s summer retreat.
I believe that nature walks and day hikes are the key to improving America's health and well-being. Our National Parks are so vital to this mission, and must be preserved and maintained in order for our country to prosper and live in harmony. — Jack
Blog Post Remembering Stonewall The events behind America’s first national park site honoring LGBT history
Fact Sheet A National Park for Stonewall: FAQs The Stonewall legacy is a part of the push for human rights and civil rights in the United States.
Press Release Stonewall Makes History Again: Becomes First National Park Site Dedicated to LGBT History After more than two years of building strong public support in the community, across the nation and in Congress, National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) celebrates President Obama’s historic designation of Stonewall National Monument, the first national park site dedicated to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) history.
Blog Post Hamilton: More Than a Musical! NPCA’s traveling park lover delves into the fascinating life of the Founding Father who has become Broadway’s latest sensation
Blog Post Maine Woods Myth Buster: Top 4 Myths about Creating a New National Monument in Maine’s North Woods A generous land donation would pave the way for the creation of the new Maine Woods National Monument. Here are four myths circulating about the proposed park.
Blog Post Not-So-Beaten Paths: 11 Lesser-Known Hikes in Popular National Parks Hit the trail and avoid the crowds! NPCA staff selected 11 lesser-known hikes in some of the country’s most popular parks.
Blog Post Trivia Challenge: The World's First Movie Studio Q: As we gear up for the summer blockbuster season, some movie lovers might be surprised to learn where the technology for the very first motion pictures began. A reproduction of the world’s first film studio is preserved in the U.S. National Park System. Do you know where?
Press Release National Geographic and Partners Unveil “Scenic, Wild Delaware River” — America’s Newest Travel Destination Geotourism initiative seeks to boost national and international tourism to middle and upper Delaware River region
Blog Post 5 Wild Places for a Beach Vacation An advocate for vehicle-free beaches praises some of the last undeveloped places along America’s coasts — and why protecting these untamed lands is so important.
Staff Molly Galvin Molly Galvin is the Regional Director of Development for the Northeast. She is based in New York City. Molly connects National Parks Conservation Association's most generous supporters with our advocacy and activities to protect our national parks.
Resource Jamaica Bay Wildlife and Nature Tourism StoryMap This Jamaica Bay Wildlife and Nature Tourism StoryMap provides facts about 50 species of animals that are found at Jamaica Bay, and information about interesting places to visit. From the Lenape word “Yameco,” or beaver, the Jamaica Bay wetlands are a highly biodiverse ecosystem located near New York City. We believe that a greater awareness of the facts about wildlife and their threats will inspire people to contribute to the conservation of the important habitat of Jamaica Bay.
Resource The Jamaica Bay Database Initiative The Jamaica Bay Database Initiative is a project undertaken by the National Parks Conservation Association Northeast Regional Office. The primary goal of the project is to facilitate science-based decision-making for Jamaica Bay, New York City, by making existing environmental data more easily accessible for the purpose of conservation.
Letter Letters of Support for a National Park for Stonewall National monuments — a type of national park site — tell the story of America. Stonewall National Monument is the first site within the National Park system that recognizes the contributions of LGBT Americans.
Staff Lauren Cosgrove Lauren started working with NPCA in October 2014, and is now Senior Coordinator for the Find Your Voice initiative, engaging and training passionate park advocates in the Northeast.
Staff Oliver Spellman Having worked in, revitalized, and directed parks departments in three major cities around the country, Oliver brings NPCA’s Northeast team decades of innovative urban park renewal experience as the New York and New Jersey Director.
Staff Cortney Worrall Cortney is the Senior Regional Director for the Northeast office, based in New York City. When not actively protecting this region's parks, she might be found training for a triathlon or spending time with her daughters.
Staff Timothy Leonard Timothy joined NPCA in 2014 as Regional Coordinator for NPCA's Northeast Regional Office.
Staff and Media Personnel Alison Zemanski Heis Alison Zemanski Heis joined NPCA in 2010 and leads media outreach and communications for the Midwest, Northeast, Southeast and Sun Coast regions as well as NPCA's national water work.
Fact Sheet Group Activities for Jamaica Bay Advocates Attend activities and community events within your favorite unit of Gateway.
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.
Fact Sheet Getting to Jamaica Bay Download directions
Fact Sheet Catch of the Day at Jamaica Bay Fishing opportunities in the Jamaica Bay area.
Report Northeast Regional Office Field Reports NPCA's Northeast Regional Office produces an annual newsletter. These field reports provide timely updates and perspectives on issues of interest to our members and supporters in New York, New Jersey and New England.
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