Mary Schrott

Explore national and local parks with LEED-certified facilities.

Feature image: The Denali National Park entrance area is LEED-certified.

Although the phrase “green park” may sound redundant, outdoor spaces catering to human recreation can contain sustainability features, just like any other facet of the built environment.

As we savor the end of spring, with days growing longer and warmer, we encourage you to get outside with LEED as your guide.

From the Old Faithful Visitor Education Center in Wyoming, where you can witness the famous 18-story geyser, to the visitor’s center in Ohiopyle State Park, with Pennsylvania’s 135-mile Great Allegheny Passage trail providing access to hiking, biking and camping—LEED-certified spaces provide direction and safety to adventurers, all while having little impact on the environment they showcase.

To help you plan for your next adventure, we've gathered some of our favorite park-related LEED spaces in the Green Going Out Guide. For places to rest, fuel up and learn about the outdoors, check out our map:

National Parks

Crater Lake National Park (Oregon): Annie Creek Restaurant/Gift Shop

Denali National Park (Alaska): Denali National Park Entrance Area

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore: Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk

Lassen National Park (California): Southwest Walk-In Campground

Mesa Verde National Park (Colorado): Mesa Verde Visitor and Research Center

Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming): Old Faithful Visitor Education Center, The Canyon Lodge and Cabins

Yosemite National Park (California): Starbucks, Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite

The Denali National Park entrance area is LEED-certified

Denali National Park visitor center.

Local parks

California: Audubon Center at Debs Park

Maryland: Philip Merrill Environmental Center, Robinson Nature Center

Michigan: Chippewa Nature Center

Nevada: Clark County Wetlands Park Nature Center

North Dakota: International Peace Garden

Pennsylvania: Ohiopyle State Park Visitor Center

Texas: Hardberger Park Urban Ecology Center, Memorial Park Running Trails Center

Utah: Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter

Virgina: Brock Environmental Center

Washington: Carkeek Park Environmental Learning Center

The Carkeek Park Environmental Learning Center is LEED-certified

Carkeek Park Environmental Learning Center.

Explore the Green Going Out Guide