Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'" Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities.
Join Rock Creek Conservancy and the National Park Service to celebrate the MLK weekend by cutting English Ivy from the trees in Rock Creek Park. This invasive vine grows up the trunks of trees into the canopy, weakening and eventually killing park trees.
Bring your friends and family or just come out yourself! We'll provide tools and training.
There will be two events on Saturday, January 19th, in the Normanstone and Soapstone Valley sections of Rock Creek Park in Washington, DC. Both events will be from 9:00 to 12:00.
The Normanstone event volunteers will meet at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue NW and Observatory Circle, in front of the British Embassy. The Soapstone Valley event volunteers will meet at the park trail head on Albemarle Street, about 300 ft EAST of the Albemarle Street NW and Connecticut Avenue intersection. The Soapstone site location is metro accessible through the Van-Ness UDC Metro Stop (Red Line). There is on-street parking for both.
Please dress for the weather by wearing long pants and long sleeve shirts. Dressing in layers is the best option. If you have gloves, hand clippers, or loppers, feel free to bring them.
Participants must be 16+ to use tools. Younger volunteers are welcome and can pick up trash and pull small vines by hand. Students can earn SSL hours.
Register for the Normanstone event by clicking here.
Register for the Soapstone event by clicking here.
Both events are part of a Rock Creek Conservancy initiative to protect Rock Creek's tree canopy from invasive English ivy. Learn more. We're working with the National Park Service and the DC Cooperative Weed Management Area.
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