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Our Work

Our mission is to restore Rock Creek and its parklands as a natural oasis for all people to appreciate and protect. To accomplish this, we:

  • recruit and train volunteers who become environmental stewards
  • create a culture of stewardship by engaging K-12 students and learners of all ages
  • educate the public about threats to the watershed and what to do to address those threats
  • promote healthy recreation in and around the watershed
  • advocate for the protection of the watershed    

Our Strategic Direction

Our focus over the next five years is a targeted effort to protect and restore natural habitats in the Rock Creek watershed, with substantial gains in water quality and forest health, and to support and make significant improvements to physical and virtual infrastructure to make the parks accessible to more people. Although the National Park Service and the Montgomery County Department of Parks are the land managers, we aim to deepen the culture of environmental stewardship to ensure diverse communities are connected to, and caring for, Rock Creek. 

In 2016, we released our second strategic plan. This ambitious agenda identifies the signifcant challenges to Rock Creek, our accomplishments to date in meeting those challenges, our goals and objectives for the period ahead, and how we intend to meet those goals. Take a look here

Keeping Urban Green

Keeping Urban Green, Strategic Plan 2016-2020

Past Successes

Thank you for helping Rock Creek Park celebrate its 125th anniversary in 2015! Click here for an overview.

Assembled by Rock Creek Conservancy as part of this milestone anniverary year of Rock Creek Park, a prestigious Green Ribbon Panel reviewed, made recommendations, and presented Revitalizing Rock Creek Park: The Next 125 YearsGreen Ribbon Panel members are recognized authorities in environmental and regional resource issues, including natural and built environments, community engagement, urban planning, parks and recreational issues, education and awareness regarding the natural environment. Click here to view biographies and photos.


Revitalizing Rock Creek Park

Revitalizing Rock Creek Park: The Next 125 Years

Revitalizing Rock Creek Park: The Next 125 Years, Executive Summary