Columbia Island in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Lady Bird Johnson Park
—George Washington Memorial Parkway —
”To me beautification means our total concern for the physical and human quality we pass on to our children and the future.”
- Lady Bird Johnson
When kids connect with national parks, the result is conservation. Through the First Bloom program, sponsored by the National Park Foundation, children learn to garden with plants native to our region, to remove invasive weeds, to beautify their own communities, and to protect park landscapes for other people to discover and enjoy.
Lady Bird Johnson, wife of the 36th President of the United States, Lyndon Baines Johnson, was a strong and early advocate for the environment. As First Lady from 1963-1969, she spearheaded efforts to beautify the Washington, D.C. area and the nation’s highways. After returning to Texas, Mrs. Johnson continued her legacy to increase the sustainable use of native wildflowers and plants.
First Bloom teaches children the wonders of the outdoor world and, how gardening can build confidence and social skills while enhancing communities. They learn about the importance of plants native to our region and how invasive non-native species threaten the environment. Children grow to care about protecting and restoring habitats for wildlife and local plant species. And, most importantly, children are made aware that
Erected 1978 by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Location. 38° 52.721′ N, 77° 3.078′ W. Marker is in Columbia Island, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker can be reached from George Washington Memorial Parkway north of Boundary Channel Drive, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. The memorial park is on Columbia Island which forms the south bank of the Potomac River between I-395/US1 and the Arlington Memorial Bridge. It is accessible from the eastbound lanes of the GW Parkway (northwest of the Columbia Island Marina) and from the north, south and east via Boundary Channel Drive along the northern perimeter of the Pentagon. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20037, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tomorrow is ours to win or lose (a few steps from this marker); The Boundary Channel (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line in Virginia); Navy and Marine Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away in Virginia); Air Mail (approx. half a mile away); Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial John Ericsson Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Gift of Friendship (approx. 0.6 miles away); Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove on the Potomac. Wikipedia (Submitted on March 19, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove on the Potomac. National Memorial, National Park Service (Submitted on March 19, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
Additional keywords. Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove on the Potomac; International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) category V (protected landscape/seascape).
Categories. • Environment •
Credits. This page was last revised on March 2, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 19, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 605 times since then. Last updated on March 19, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on March 19, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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