Thursday, September 10, 2009

National Parks in Our Own Backyard

The National Parks Conservation Association is launching National Parks Week NYC running September 19 - 27. The week provides lots of fun and interesting adventures for the whole family, including an evening tour of grant's tomb and an evening tour of Liberty Island! A feature event is the "Feel Free: A National Parks Celebration in Central Park." This free concert has everyone from Carol King to Counting Crows to Gavin Degraw to Jose Feliciano.

As part of NPCA's efforts to protect national parks, one green team member got to go on a tour of 3 national parks right here in NYC! First stop was the birthplace of Theodore Roosevelt, which was an amazing house and museum on East 20th Street. The highlight of course was seeing his Rough Rider outfit in mint condition as well as his seal skin chaps. Next stop was the Hamilton Grange National Memorial, home of Alexander Hamilton (found on the $10 bill), whose home has been moved twice now. The beautiful house's final resting stop is in a Park located within the boundary of his original property and will be open to the public sometime in 2010. Last stop was the African Burial Ground which is a memorial to the many slaves buried in mass under what is now several office buildings near City Hall. All three are informative and fun for the explorer of all ages and a great way to get out and spend time in our urban environment rather than watching TV.

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Picture was taken on the porch of Hamilton Grange.

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