Education Opportunities At Rock Creek Park

Explore a woodland trail. Discover other planets. Touch live animals. Visit a historic flour mill. Visit a 17th century colonial home. All these experiences and many others are available for your group. For reservations call 202-895-5070 Wednesday through Sunday, at least two weeks in advance.

Planetarium Programs

The planetarium provides visitors with an opportunity to view the motion of the stars, constellations, planets, and moon in tonight's night sky. As the only planetarium in the National Park Service, it enables visitors to compare the city night sky with that of the country.

Environmental Education

There are a wide variety of programs available for pre-K through High School including programs about animal and plant habitats, skill building activities and investigative programs that examine water-quality testing and various performance-based science modules in our Bridging the Watershed program for high school students.

History, Culture and Technology Education

Curriculum-based programs for grades K-6 are available at Peirce Mill in Rock Creek Park. Students can learn through interactive programs at the last operational mill on Rock Creek. Students learn about the foods they eat, life in rural 19th century Washington, D.C., how power and gravity are used to increase production and the role mill's like Peirce mill played in the Industrial Revolution.

Plan a Field Trip

Make Rock Creek park your classroom! Touch live animals, travel through our solar system and the universe and visit historic sites.

Curriculum Materials

Want to extend your classroom lesson into the park? Check out these lesson plans.

Traveling Trunks

The Urban Wildlife Kit is a fun and educational way to bring nature to the classroom and helps you to create hands-on experiences to explore adaptions and habitats.


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