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Our Work

Rock Creek Conservancy works to protect and restore Rock Creek and its waters, parks, and lands through a combination of education, advocacy, and on-the-ground projects.


Throughout the year, we increase awareness of the threats to Rock Creek and how neighboring residents and institutions can work together to address these threats. Our activities include

  • Outreach events, such as presentations, tabling at community events, and meetings;
  • Publicity through the media, our website, newsletters, and flyers; and
  • Developing partnerships with schools.


We press for protection of Rock Creek by writing letters, giving testimony, speaking at public hearings, and meeting with federal, state, district, and local government officials.


Our on-the-ground activities are:

  • Neighborhood-based stream teams that adopt sections of park or creek for environmental stewardship,
  • The annual Rock Creek Extreme Cleanup with trash cleanups at over 80 locations along Rock Creek, and
  • Tackling invasive plants that threaten the health and beauty of our parks.

125th Anniversary, Green Ribbon Panel, and Green Paper

The 125th has been an extremely successful year. Click here for an overview.

The Gala was a resounding celebration and achievement with $225,000 raised for the benefit of Rock Creek Conservancy.  Click here for 125th Anniversary media.

Empaneled by Rock Creek Conservancy as part of this milestone anniverary year of Rock Creek Park, the Green Ribbon Panel reviewed, made recommendations, and presented the Green Paper: Revitalizing Rock Creek Park: The Next 125 Years.

The Green 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.

 Full Green Paper will be available digitally

 Executive Summary of the Green Paper- Revitalizing Rock Creek Park:The Next 125 Years 

Strategic Plan

We took a hard look at how we could best move forward.  We surveyed our members, conducted interviews, held focus groups, reviewed information, and debated possible courses of action.  The result is a strategic plan that will guide our work for the next three years.  We invite you to read the plan and join us in our work to protect the lands and waters of Rock Creek and revitalize Rock Creek Park for people to treasure and enjoy! 



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