• Rock Creek

    Rock Creek

    Park District of Columbia

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  • Evening Lane and Road Closures, Beach Drive

    DC Water crews will be performing sewer inspections on Beach Drive NW from 9:00 pm to 5:30 am through November 28, 2014. This work will require lane and road closures. More »

  • Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway Lane Closures and Construction Update Summer 2014

    Construction work on Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway at Waterside Drive continues. There will be lane closures between rush hours to accommodate work on the roadway, multi-use trail and infrastructure. More »

Nature & Science

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Aerial view of Rock Creek Park showing its urban surrounding.

NPS Photo.

Rock Creek Park serves as a natural oasis within the heavily urbanized District of Columbia. Many plant and animal species consider the forested landscape of the park home. Meadows and stream habitats provide even more biodiversity; the Hay's spring amphipod is an endangered species found within the park. Rock Creek Park is also an important resting spot for neo-tropical migrant birds on their way south to their wintering grounds or on their way north to their breeding grounds.

Being an urban nature park, Rock Creek Park also faces many environmental challenges. Invasive, non-native plant species, stormwater runoff, an unsustainable number of white-tailed deer, and climate change, all pose major threats to the health of the park. Click on the links at right or below to read more and to see what National Park Service staff and partners are doing to mitigate the effects of these critical issues.


Rock Creek Park Geology

Water quality challenges in Rock Creek Park: http://www.rockcreekconservancy.org/index.php/rock-creek/water-quality

Information on the plants, animals, watershed, and geology of Rock Creek Park: http://www.rockcreekconservancy.org/index.php/rock-creek

Learn about national capital area natural resources on the National Park Service Center for Urban Ecology website: http://www.nps.gov/cue/

National Park Service information on climate change and mitigation: http://www.nature.nps.gov/climatechange/

Did You Know?

Gray Fox pups

Three kinds of wild canids (dogs) live in Rock Creek Park, the coyote, the red fox and secretive gray fox.