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 speak up 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
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.
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.
Magazine Article The Appalachian Trail Blazer Just how far could long-distance hiker Jennifer Pharr Davis push herself?
Press Release New York’s Elected Officials to Congress: Fix Our National Parks, Support Job Creation Analysis demonstrates federal investment in deferred maintenance at parks could create or support 9,847 direct and indirect New York jobs.
I support National Parks because they give us a glimpse into life without technology and creature comforts — Robert
Resource 10 Ways to Be a Park Advocate Want to be an advocate for parks, but don't know where to start?
Press Release Offshore Leasing Plan Threatens National Parks, Wildlife and Coastal Communities Atlantic, Pacific coasts could be open to leasing for first time in decades.
Blog Post 10 National Park Trip Ideas for President Trump Would President Trump do more to protect national parks if he took time to visit them? Here are 10 inspirational places I’d put at the top of his bucket list.
Press Release Local Businesses and Park Community Representatives to Secretary Zinke: Don’t Price Families Out of National Parks Increasing entrance fees would harm gateway communities that depend on park visitors.
Press Release Parks Group Sues EPA Over Delay of Ozone Protections EPA’s action puts public health, national parks at risk.
Press Release Nature Valley Partners with National Parks Conservation Association, Encourages Support for America’s National Parks this #GivingTuesday Nature Valley and National Parks Conservation Association celebrate more than eight years of protecting our national parks together.
Blog Post The 17 Parks Where Entrance Fees Could Skyrocket — and What You Can Do A new Trump administration proposal could put popular national park vacations out of financial reach for some families. You can speak out against this plan.
Blog Post What’s at Stake A look at the 10 national monuments targeted in Ryan Zinke’s leaked memo
Staff Tatiana Orlov Tatiana comes to NPCA with over a decade of community engagement, advocacy, and program management experience in food and environmental justice.
Blog Post Fleeting Beauty: 9 Natural Phenomena You Won’t Want to Miss National parks offer remarkable experiences no matter the hour or the season. Sometimes, though, it helps to be in the right place at the right time to witness something extraordinary. You have to think ahead to catch these nine ephemeral delights — so start planning now!
Resource LGBT History Tour, Greenwich Village, New York, NY Download a map and enjoy the first formal walking tour at Stonewall National Monument. Learn more about the places in Greenwich Village that paved the way for the Stonewall Uprising and eventually the designation of our first national park site dedicated to LGBT history.
Letter Sign on to Support Revolutionary War Parks Add your organization to a letter supporting more funding for Revolutionary War sites and the National Park System.
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 Transportation and Access Improvements for the Jamaica Bay Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area Learn about what NPCA is doing to increase access to Jamaica Bay by boat, bus and bike.
Trip Acadia & New Brunswick Experience 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.
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.
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.
Staff Lauren Cosgrove Having grown up in New England as a Brooklyn native, Lauren currently serves as a Program Manager for NPCA’s Northeast Region. Since Lauren started with NPCA in 2014, she has worked to bolster nation-wide park funding, restore natural, historical and cultural resources and build a movement for community-led stewardship and advocacy for Northeast national parks.
Staff Cortney Worrall Cortney is the Senior Regional Director for the Northeast office, based in New York City.
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.
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