Inspiring a future generation of environmental stewards
What is RC3?
Rock Creek Conservation Corps, or "RC3," is a summer youth conservation program that helps protect and revitalize Rock Creek and its parklands while providing transformative experiences to youth and empowering non-traditional leaders in conservation to develop and sustain a culture of environmental stewardship for future generations. RC3's goal is to accomplish critical conservation work while learning about the Rock Creek watershed: the extensive physical environment as it extends from its source to the Chesapeake Bay, the effects of modern life on water quality, the relationship of the park to the community, and the importance of maintaining a healthy watershed.
When is RC3?
RC3 takes place July 2 - 27, 2018. Crew members work from 9 am - 3 pm, Monday - Friday. Crew members also complete a post-program outreach requirement in Fall 2018.
Where is it?
RC3 crew members take on critical conservation projects throughout the Rock Creek watershed in Washington, D.C. and Montgomery County, MD. Some locations RC3 crews have worked in the past include Woodend Sanctuary and Carter Barron Amphitheater.
2018 Program Specifics:
- A 4-week summer youth conservation program including 1 training week and 3 weeks of fieldwork.
- Six crews made up of 10 students between the ages of 15 and 19 from three local schools: Capital City Public Charter School, E.L. Haynes Public Charter School, and Theodore Roosevelt High School.
- Provides educational opportunities and community action projects that reinforce a culture of environmental stewardship.
- Explore the key themes of watershed protection, environmental restoration, and local ecology.
- Projects included invasive exotic plant removal with the National Park Service, green infrastructure installation, and trail building.
- Corps members complete outreach projects that expand their work to new communities
"RC3 has helped me understand nature from a person who cares compared to [someone] who doesn't. If we can properly take care of the environment, then we can properly take care of ourselves."
- Ashby, 2016 program participant