Arlington House, The Robert  E. Lee Memorial

Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial


Support Your Park

These pages contain resources and information on ways you can help support your National Park. Contact us at 703-235-1530 if you have further questions.


If you were to become a Federal Civil Service employee, time worked as a VIP does not count toward your federal time, but the experience does. You are eligible for compensation as a VIP for any medical expenses if you are injured while performing your official volunteer duties. In the event you are injured while on duty, you must contact the volunteer coordinator, and submit a written report of the incident within 30 days of your injuries. You are protected under the Federal Tort Claims Act for any property damage and personal injuries that may occur while carrying out your duties.

Please contact Arlington House for information on volunteer opportunities.

Centennial Initiative 2016

Centennial Vision

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016, America invites the world to discover the meaning of national parks to their lives and inspires people to both experience and become devoted to these special places.

On August 25, 2006 - the 90th anniversary of the National Park Service - Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne launched the National Park Centennial Initiative to prepare national parks for another century of conservation, preservation and enjoyment. Since then the National Park Service asked citizens, park partners, experts and other stakeholders what they envisioned for a second century of national parks.

A nationwide series of more than 40 listening sessions produced more than 6,000 comments that helped to shape five centennial goals. The goals and vision were presented to President Bush and to the American people on May 31st in a report called The Future of America's National Parks.

Every national park staff took their lead from this report and created local centennial strategies to describe their vision and desired accomplishments by 2016. This is just the first year, and there are many great things to come as the National Park Service prepares to celebrate 100 years!

To keep up with the Centennial Initiative and to experience the interactive version of The Future of America's National Parks and special features please visit the centennial website at

George Washington Memorial Parkway Centennial Strategy.