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Green Paper-
Revitalizing Rock Creek Park:
The Next 125 Years 


Executive Summary of the Green Paper


Green Ribbon Panel 


Empaneled by Rock Creek Conservancy as part of the 125th Anniversary 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, and historical matters. Click here to view Biographies and Photos.


Green Ribbon Panel Members

Lisa Alexander, Executive Director, Audubon Naturalist Society

Doug Barker, President, Barker + Scott Consulting

Hedrick Belin, President, Potomac Conservancy

Mark Buscaino, Executive Director, Casey Trees

Jim Foster, President, Anacostia Watershed Society

Denis Galvin, Board, National Parks Conservation Assn.; Dep. Dir., National Park Service (fmr)

Rachel Goslins, Executive Director, President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities

George Hawkins, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager, DC Water and Sewer Authority

Jerry Johnson, Chief Exec. Officer and Gen. Manager, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission

Lori Kaplan, President and CEO, Latin American Youth Center

Greg Kats, President, Capital E

Isiah Leggett, Montgomery County Executive, Montgomery County, Maryland

Stephanie Meeks, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Trust for Historic Preservation

Michelle Moore, Chief Executive Officer, Groundswell

Eleanor Holmes Norton, U.S. Congresswoman, District of Columbia

Ari Novy, Executive Director, United States Botanic Gardens

Audrey Peterman, Founding Director, Earthwise Productions

Carter Roberts, President and CEO, World Wildlife Fund

David Rogner, Executive Director, Harvest Collective

Lex Sant, Managing Director, Persimmon Tree Capital

Chris Van Hollen, U.S. Congressman, Maryland

Tommy Wells, Director, District Department of the Environment

Edward O. Wilson, Professor Emeritus, Harvard, Pulitzer Prize winning author


Meet Rock Creek Conservation Corps 


Rock Creek Conservancy would like to thank everyone involved in making this special Gala a successful event, demonstrating the power of the community coming together for Rock Creek Park!


Photo Gallery - 125th Gala

Find Yourself in Rock Creek Park

125th Anniversary Kickoff: Green Ribbon Panel Interviews


Rock Creek Park Day 2015!


Rock Creek Park—an iconic and treasured national park in Washington, D.C.—will celebrate its 125th Anniversary in 2015. On September 27, 1890, President Benjamin Harrison signed a bill setting aside lands in the scenic Rock Creek valley for the benefit and enjoyment of the people of the United States. The third federal park ever created and the first federal urban park, the park's nearly 1800 wooded acres in the heart of the city comprise one of the largest urban nature preserves in the world. 

Rock Creek Park offers centuries of history, exceptional beauty and tranquility, as well as a chance for visitors to connect with one another and the natural world. This special place, full of memories, has always been about people, and this celebration is no different. We invite you to FIND YOURSELF IN ROCK CREEK PARK



Saturday, May 16, 2015   9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

International Migratory Bird Day Celebration

Connecting Latin American and US Culture and Nature

Enjoy Rock Creek Park’s International Migratory Bird Day celebration connecting our hemisphere’s bird migration patterns with North and South American cultural forays.  Share Latin American food, take a guided bird walk, join children’s activities, cheer on participants vying for the US Fish and Wildlife Service DC Junior Duck Stamp Award, and at a new website. Come Find Yourself in Rock Creek Park! 
Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road, Washington DC
Contact: ~  202-895-6000


Rock Creek Park belongs to us all, and the National Park Service and Rock Creek Conservancy, along with many dedicated and inspired park-lovers, are helping people make lasting connections to the park.

Rock Creek Conservancy, a primary partner in the 125th celebration, invites people to enjoy the park and invest in its future. The Conservancy supports Rock Creek Park through fundraising, volunteer recruitment, education and outreach.

The National Park Service manages Rock Creek Park, one of our country’s 405 national parks, with respect for its past and a vision for its future – a healthy, native ecosystem; committed community stewards; and well-preserved history – all for today and for generations to come.

                         In case you missed Rock Creek Park IS Your Backyard

Rock Creek Conservancy, in collaboration with 

Friends of the National Zoo,

Rock Creek Park Partners Network and Rock Creek Park (National Park Service)

R O C K   C R E E K   P A R K   I S   Y O U R   B A C K Y A R D

Saturday, March 14, 10 am – 12 NOON in the National Zoo Visitor Center Auditorium

           Celebrate the 125th Anniversary of Rock Creek Park

REVITALIZE ROCK CREEK PARK   Protect ~ Connect ~ Inspire


       March 14th Program Information

Bob LambExecutive Director, Friends of the National Zoo

Matt Fleischer, Executive Director, Rock Creek Conservancy

Tara Morrison, Superintendent, Rock Creek Park (NPS)


Melanie Choukas-BradleyNaturalist, & Author ~ A Year in Rock Creek Park: The Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, DC

Marty FryeArborist, Casey Trees ~ Volunteers in the City of Trees

Nick BartolomeoChief of Resource Management, Rock Creek Park (NPS) 

Ana ChuquinVegetation Management, Biological Technician, RCP (NPS) Natives & Invasives

Karen ZeiterCommunity Outreach and Volunteer Manager, RCC Watershed 101

Alex Sanders, Program ManagerRock Creek Conservancy, Rock Creek Park in Your Backyard:Creating wildlife-friendly, water-wise natural landscapes

Pete MarraHead, Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, Migratory Birds in Rock Creek’s Back Yard

Margo Reid, 125th Anniversary Director, Rock Creek Conservancy

Visit Conversation Tables:

  • Audubon Naturalist Society
  • Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy
  • Friends of Peirce Mill
  • Friends of the National Zoo
  • Rock Creek Conservancy
  • Rock Creek Park (NPS)
  • Smithsonian Institute Migratory Bird Center
  • Songbird Project

Calendar: Step into Spring, 125th Anniversary of Rock Creek Park: Calendar

Explore Zoo in Your Backyard exhibit