National Park Service Passport Program

12 Oct

This is a wonderful and inexpensive way to get children excited about our National Parks and Monuments.  The Passport Book is only $7.95 and can be purchased online or at any of the sites held by the Park Service and open to the public.

Combine this with a couple of the stamp sets and you have a GREAT holiday present!

This handy, spiral bound, 6″ x 3″ travelogue fits conveniently into a pocket or backpack for easy reference. The 104 page guidebook makes it easy to learn about and explore all of the national park sites. The Passport to Your National Parks includes maps color-coded for specific regions in the country, pre-visit information, illustrations and photographs. It also includes a free map and guide to the national parks.  Spaces in each region are designated for you to collect rubber stamp cancellations at each national park site you visit. The cancellations, similar to those received in an international passport, record the name of the park and the date you visited.  Make your Passport book complete by including the annual commemorative stamp series. The series, starting with 1986, includes nine regional stamps and one national stamp on one sheet.  Simply detach the stamps and place them in the designated areas in your booklet.”

My son loves his and gets so excited when we tell him we’re going to a new place where he can get a stamp for his passport.  There is a list at the website which gives you all of the Passport cancellation locations – it is so long you need to download the list as a pdf.  Here is the list for just Virginia and Washington DC:

VIRGINIA:
Appomattox Court House NHP—Appomattox
Arlington House—Arlington
Arlington House, Robert E. Lee MEM—Arlington
Assateague Island NS—Chincoteague
Blue Ridge Parkway—NC-VA
Booker T. Washington NM—Hardy
Cape Henry MEM—Fort Story, Yorktown
Cedar Creek & Belle Grove NHP—Shenandoah Valley
Claude Moore Colonial Farm—McLean
Colonial NHP—Yorktown, Jamestown,400th Anniversary
Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania NMP—Jackson Shrine, Fredericksburg, Ellwood,Chancellorsville, Salem Church, Chatham
George Washington MEM PKWY—McLean, Arlington, Great Falls
George Washington Birthplace NM—Washington’s Birthplace
Great Falls Park—Great Falls
Green Springs Historic District—Louisa County
Historic Jamestowne, Jamestown
Jamestown Glasshouse—Jamestown, 400th Anniversary, Jamestown NHS,  Jamestown VC
Lyndon Baines Johnson MEM Grove—Arlington
Marine Corps War MEM/Netherlands Carillon—Arlington
Manassas NBP—Manassas
Maggie L. Walker NHS—Richmond
Petersburg NB—Five Forks, Petersburg,City Point, Poplar Grove National Cemetery
Poplar Grove National Cemetery—Petersburg
Prince William Forest Park—Triangle
Richmond NBP—Fort Harrison; Malvern Hill; Cold Harbor; Tredegar Iron Works,Richmond; Chimborazo Museum,Richmond
Shenandoah NP—Luray, Big Meadows,Dickey Ridge, Loft Mountain
Theodore Roosevelt Island—Arlington
Wolf Trap Farm Park,Wolf Trap NP for the Performing Arts—Vienna
Women In Military Service for America MEM—Arlington

Washington DC:

African American Civil War MEM, Bethune Museum & Archives, Carter G. Woodson Home NHS, Chesapeake & Ohio Canal NHP, Constitution Gardens, Department of the Interior, District of Columbia War Memorial, District of Columbia World War MEM, East Potomac Park, Ford’s Theatre NHS—Petersen House, Fort Dupont NP, Fort Washington Park, Franklin Delano Roosevelt NMEM, Frederick Douglass Home, George Mason MEM, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, John Ericsson MEM, John Paul Jones MEM, Korean War Veterans MEM, Liberty on the Mall, Lincoln MEM, Lyndon B. Johnson Memorial Grove, Mary McLeod Bethune Council House NHS, MEM to the 56 Signers of the Declaration of Independence, National Aquatic Gardens, National Capital Region, National Capital Parks-Central, National Cherry Blossom Festival, National Independence Day Celebration
National Mall, National Mall & Memorial Parks, National Park Service Headquarters, Old Post MEM, Old Post Office Tower, Oxon Hill Farm, Pennsylvania Avenue NHS, Peterson House—HWLD, Potomac Heritage NST, President’s Park-The White House, Rock Creek Park—Klingle Mansion, Old Stone House, Nature Center, Peirce Mill, Meridian Hill Park, Sewall-Belmont NHS—Washington, DC 20002, Theodore Roosevelt Island, The White House, Thomas Jefferson NMEM, Ulysses S. Grant MEM, U.S. Navy MEM, Vietnam Veterans MEM, Washington Monument, West Potomac Park, World War II MEM

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