This park protects a balance between man made areas and natural ones. They share a watershed and you may encounter the unexpected.
Animals are wild, not pets. They may allow you to approach, then become frightened and defend themselves. Keeping you distance, at least ten feet, is one way to ensure that you and the wildlife are safe.
The park floods, absorbing water that might damage the surrounding community. Do not enter a flooded area even if it looks shallow. Currents may be faster than they appear.
Poison ivy grows in many places in the area. Learn to recognize it and avoid it.
One of the most important things national parks protect is the integrity of nature. This includes biting insects, graceful egrets, poison ivy, and delicate Sagittaria.
Nature can be enjoyed if we take the responsibility to learn more about our real world, and preserve it in our recreation.
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Washington DC is is the middle of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Trash and balloons from the neighborhood or park go from the streets to the Bay and oceans where it may kill marine life. Do your part to keep litter in its place. More...