Call for Volunteers and Leaders for the Rock Creek Extreme Cleanup! PDF Print E-mail



On April 5th,  Rock Creek Conservancy- with your help­- will have cleanup events at 70+ sites all over the Rock Creek Watershed. 




What: Our goal is a total stream cleanup of  Rock Creek and its tributaries, the parks connected to Rock Creek, and the neighborhoods near Rock Creek where trash originates.


Why: This will be the sixth annual cleanup, and we need your help to make it the best ever. Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned pro, we want you alongside us this April.


How: Check out our Extreme Cleanup map to find a volunteer site near you.


We are still looking for site leaders and volunteers for this spectacular day. Let us know if you would like to lead a group cleanup in your neighborhood or a park near you. Even if you cannot participate, please consider a donation to support the Extreme Cleanup and Rock Creek Conservancy. 


Want more information? Please contact Karen at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or visit 

Thank you to our 2014 Extreme Cleanup Sponsors: Chesapeake Bay Trust; Howard Hughes Medical Institute; KEEN; Giant Food; Katten, Muchin, and Rosenman; and Abt Associates.


Advocate for Cleanup of Toxins in the Anacostia River PDF Print E-mail

Imagine not being able to play in Rock Creek or in your neighborhood stream.  After decades of pollution from toxic sites along the Anacostia River, that's the scenario for citizens who wish to use the Anacostia.  In February, a coalition of groups came together to form United for a Healthy Anacostia River.  This coalition intends to raise public awareness of the Anacostia's toxics problem and keep pressure on our local government officials not to let the cleanup fall behind.

To learn more about the problem and how you can help, go here and visit the website of United for a Healthy Anacostia River.  And sign the petition urging the District to make cleaning up the toxins in the river a top priority.

Help Save Rock Creek's Trees PDF Print E-mail

Rock Creek Conservancy has launched an initiative to save Rock Creek's trees. We're teaming with the National Park Service and Montgomery County Parks to remove English ivy from park trees. We're also educating people about how to control ivy on trees in neighborhoods near Rock Creek.

Score Card: 4,881 trees freed!

Rock Creek Conservancy Appoints Matthew Fleischer as Executive Director PDF Print E-mail

Bethesda, MD — February 12, 2014 — Rock Creek Conservancy, a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the lands and waters of Rock Creek Park, today announced the appointment of Matthew C. Fleischer as the Conservancy’s new executive director.

Fleischer is tasked with growing the organization’s resource development efforts and expanding the group’s donor base to increase its impact and support new conservation initiatives. In addition, he will oversee the day-to-day operations of the organization.

Rock Creek Conservancy protects the lands and waters of Rock Creek and revitalizes this national park for people to treasure and enjoy. The creek meanders 33 miles through the Washington, DC metropolitan area, crossing federal lands as well as district, city, county and state boundaries.  Although parkland borders much of the creek, the surrounding development and invasive species threaten the health and beauty of these natural areas.

“Rock Creek Conservancy is uniquely positioned to foster outreach, education and protection efforts to overcome threats to Rock Creek and the watershed,” said Fleischer. “I’m eager to extend our strategy of partnering with government agencies, other non-profit organizations, businesses, institutions, community groups, and residents to work together to preserve Rock Creek Park for present and future generations.”

Fleischer’s public debut with the organization took place last weekend when he oversaw a successful event in which Rock Creek Conservancy volunteers and supporters turned out to help beautify Melvin C. Hazen Park,  a section of Rock Creek Park, by clearing invasive English ivy. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell was among the volunteers on hand for the event.

“We’re excited to have Matt join the Conservancy to help us expand the organization and organize to celebrate the 125th birthday of Rock Creek Park in 2015,” said Barbara Elkus, president of the board of directors for Rock Creek Conservancy. “We were struck by Matt’s background, energy and enthusiasm for our mission.”

Report from the Field: MLK Weekend of Service a Success! PDF Print E-mail

More than 420 kids, students, and adults participated in 15 Rock Creek Conservancy events during this year's MLK Weekend of Service. The cold weather didn’t impede any of the work our volunteers set out to do, which made this year our most successful yet! The end result included 125 bags of trash and 68 bags of recycling removed from Rock Creek, 656 trees saved from English ivy, and hundreds of pounds of other invasives cleared from the park including bush honeysuckle, multiflora rose, and wineberry. Check out some of our pictures from the events, and keep reading below for more details from the field!
Thanks to all the volunteers, partner agencies, and staff who made these events possible! And a special thank you to our Stream Team Leaders and photographer Phil Taplin. Click here to learn more about our Stream Team program, and let us know if you would like to form or join a team.We would love to have you join us in the field. Check out our calendar for all our volunteer opportunities.


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Upcoming Events

Trail Work in Rock Creek Park
April 26, 2014 (8:20 AM - 12:00 PM)

Join the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club in its work to maintain and...

Save Rock Creek Trees- Meadowbrook
April 26, 2014 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

Join Rock Creek Conservancy, Montgomery Parks, and John Shorb Landscaping...

Winged Burning Bush Removal- Melvin Hazen East
April 27, 2014 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

We will be continuing our Earth Month events by cleaning up trash and...

Rock Creek Trash Bash
April 27, 2014 (2:00 PM - 4:00 PM)

Please mark your calendars for Sunday, April 27, to celebrate an extremely...

Rock Creek Trash Cleanup- Carter Barron Amphitheatre
May 02, 2014 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

Join Rock Creek Conservancy and Hattaway Communications as we cleanup...

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