Rock Creek Conservancy invites you to join or form a neighborhood Stream Team to adopt a stretch of Rock Creek or one of its 30 tributaries.
The world's most important park is the one near you--where you can escape and reconnect with nature. You may even have a favorite spot--where you walk your dog, ride your bike, take a run, have a picnic, or experience the quiet beauty of the park.
If you love Rock Creek or enjoy a special spot in the park and want to help protect it, please adopt that section of park by joining one of our Stream Teams or starting a new one. We work closely with the National Park Service and Montgomery County Parks to mobilize teams along the full length of Rock Creek.
A number of Stream Teams are already in place, and we are working to organize even more. This is a wonderful opportunity for neighborhood volunteers who want to take an active role in monitoring and protecting “their” section of Rock Creek.
Watch a short, inspiring video about Aspen Hill families and neighbors cleaning up Turkey Branch in Montgomery County!
Here's what Stream Team Leaders commit to do for "their" park:
- Walk the creek section or tributary frequently to look for any issues that may negatively impact the health of the stream.
- Report problems to the proper authorities and Rock Creek Conservancy
- Organize at least two trash cleanups per year, if needed. One cleanup should be the annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup in early April.
- Organize at least one restoration or advocacy project per year. These projects can include planting native trees or shrubs, removing invasive plants, or educating your neighbors about stormwater management. New and creative ideas are welcome!
You can invite friends, neighbors, schools, scout troops, and community groups to join at any time and we encourage you to work with groups with an interest in Rock Creek! Read our Stream Team Leader Guidelines for more information.
Thank you to
Chesapeake Bay Trust and REI
for generous support of our
Stream Team Program.