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New Program Series: Experience Rock Creek with Scott Einberger!


Scott Shows Hikers an Autumn Leaf

Above: Scott shows a group of hikers an autumn leaf and explains the difference between birch and tulip poplar trees on this hiking program.
Credit: Rock Creek Conservancy | Katy Cain 

We are thrilled to announce that our very own Scott Einberger will be hosting three events this Holiday season! These adventures will take you through Rock Creek to learn about history and art while really amazing urban oasis! As the writer of "A History of Rock Creek Park," Scott is an incredibly knowledgable member of our team, so make sure to get your hardest questions ready! 

"The Bard of snow, of wind, of pine, and of mountain":

Eccentric Poet Joaquin Miller as Environmentalist and Civil Rights Activist

Saturday, December 16th, 11 am – 12:00 pm.

Rock Creek Park Nature Center Auditorium (5200 Glover Road NW).

Just north of Picnic Grove #6 and the Military Road overpass in Rock Creek Park stands a small, unmarked log cabin. This is Miller Cabin, the 1880s home of the one and only Joaquin Miller, the self-described “Poet of the Sierras” and “Byron of the Rockies.” Learn about this eccentric poet and why he can be considered an early environmentalist and civil rights activist during this unique program with Rock Creek Conservancy’s Scott Einberger, an environmental historian and author.

Art in the Park: Holiday Sketch and Stroll

Saturday, December 23rd, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm.

Meet across from 1801 Parkside Drive NW in the northwest corner of Rock Creek Park.

With its distinct red berries and dark green, thorny leaves, holly has been used as a Christmas decoration for centuries, especially in Great Britain and the United States. Discover a secret grove of American holly trees in Rock Creek Park and learn the fundamentals of art and sketching during this unique holiday program. You’ll walk away with a holiday masterpiece you can take home (or give as a gift...)! Warm drinks and yummy treats will be available at the grove. Recommended for ages 8 to adult. This event is hosted by Rock Creek Conservancy. To register for this free event, please email Scott Einberger at


First Day Hike: Rugged Ramble Through Rock Creek Park-South

Monday, January 1st, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Meet outside Peirce Mill.

Start the new year out on the right foot by joining Rock Creek Conservancy for a three-mile hike over the most technical trails in Rock Creek Park. Learn about the park’s “great nature” and rich heritage while scrambling along the “Little Billy Goat Trail” and Theodore Roosevelt Trail. Please dress for the cold weather, wear shoes (not sandals), and bring a snack and water. Email Scott Einberger at to register for this free event.