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    Rock Creek

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  • Lane Closure: Rock Creek & Potomac Parkway Southbound in the area of the K Street ramps

    Sept 29 - Nov 30, weekdays, 9:45am - 2:45pm and 9pm - 5am, right southbound (curb) lane closure in the area of the K Street exit ramp to accommdate work on the Whitehurst Freeway bridge over the Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway. More »

  • 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 »

Programs

October 2011 Program Schedule
Please call (202) 895-6070 for more information.

Rock Creek Park Fall Heritage Day at Peirce Mill
Saturday, October 15

10:00 AM Water and Gravity All the machinery in Peirce Mill operated on waterpower and gravity. Take an in-depth look at this giant machine.
11:00 AM Oliver Evans and Peirce Mill Learn about Oliver Evans, the man who build the first fully automated
factory. Discover how his inventions affected the construction of Peirce Mill, and how they continue to affect our lives today.
12:00 PM Preserving Peirce Mill Join the Friends of Peirce Mill to learn all about the mill's rehabilitation, a
joint effort by the Friends and the National Park Service. Discover how the historic millworks were restored and what you can do to help with on-going restoration efforts.
1:00 PM The Social History of Peirce Mill Peirce Mill is filled with stories that mirror the history of Washington
DC and the nation as both struggled towards equality for all people. Discover many of these compelling stories, including slavery and emancipation on the Peirce family estate, segregation in Picnic Grove 1, and the time when the mill was a teahouse run by female entrepreneurs.
1:30 PM Author Book Signing Meet Steve Dryden, author of "Peirce Mill: Two Hundred Years in the Nation's Capital."
2:00 PM Peirce Mill Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Come join the National Park Service, the Friends of Peirce Mill and
other as we cut the ribbon to mark the completion of the rehabilitation of Peirce Mill and the mill yard.
2:30 PM Cornucopia This interactive program will introduce children to the important products made from milled
corn. Children will also de-shell corn by hand and learn how the mill worked.
3:00 PM Corn Husk Dolls Make a corn husk doll, a common 1800s farm craft. Children also will be able to play with
other toys and games of the period, and talk with a ranger about what life was like growing up on the Peirce family estate. Ages 4 and up. Living

History Demonstrations 10:00 AM-4:00PM
Candlelight Mill Tours 6:00 PM, 6:30 PM, 7:00 PM, 7:30 PM, 8:00 PM
Candlelight Tours FREE with Ticket Tickets available at Peirce Barn


Saturday, October 1

  • 1:00 PM Nature Center Autumn Night Sky: When I Wish upon a Star Visit the only planetarium in the National Park system and explore the wonders of the night sky. View the brightest stars, planets, and constellations of October and learn their stories. Ages 5 and older.
  • 2:00 PM Fort Stevens The Summer of 1864 Discover the actions that led to Jubal Early's raid on Washington and the two battles that stopped the Confederate troops. Meet at Fort Stevens. Ages 10 and older.
  • 3:00 PM Fort Stevens Fort Stevens -Fort DeRussy - Fort Reno Hike: History, Nature, and Culture within the Civil War Defenses of Washington Hear about Civil War history of the fort sites, how they became important to the cultural development of surrounding areas, and see a unique natural environment within an urban landscape. This will be a moderately strenuous, three-mile hike, beginning at Fort Stevens and ending at Fort Reno. Ages 10 and older.
  • 4:00 PM Nature Center Exploring the Universe Join us for a series of planetarium programs exploring the universe. Topics for these programs include the sun, moon, stars, planets, and other space phenomena. Ages 7 and older.

Sunday, October 2

  • 11:00 AM Horse Center Ranger-Led Horseback Tour Experience the beauty of autumn in Rock Creek Park by horseback. Reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance. Fee $40. For more information call (202) 362-0117. Participants must be 12 or older.
  • 1:00 PM Nature Center Autumn Night Sky: When I Wish Upon a Star See description for Saturday, October 1.
  • 4:00 PM Nature Center Exploring the Universe See description for Saturday, October 1.

Wednesday, October 5

  • 4:00 PM Nature Center Young Planetarium This introduction to the night sky for the youngest of astronomers is a shortened version of our Night Sky Planetarium Program. Ages 4 and older.

Thursday, October 6

  • 4:00 PM Nature Center Discovery Hike Enjoy the beauty of Rock Creek Park while searching for signs of animals along the Woodland Trail. Ages 3 and up.

Friday, October 7

  • 4:00 PM Nature Center Creature Feature Get acquainted with the nature center's live animals and assist in their feeding. All ages.

Saturday, October 8

  • 1:00 PM Nature Center Autumn Night Sky: When I Wish Upon a Star Visit the only planetarium in the National Park system and explore the wonders of the night sky. View the brightest stars, planets, and constellations of October and learn their stories. Ages 5 and older.
  • 4:00 PM Nature Center Exploring the Universe Join us for a series of planetarium programs exploring the universe. Topics for these programs include the sun, moon, stars, planets, and other space phenomena. Ages 7 and older.

Sunday, October 9

  • 10:00 AM Georgetown Waterfront Park Georgetown on the Defense Georgetown played an important role in the history of our Nation's Capital especially when conflict with other nations loomed. Discover how the citizens of Georgetown helped the war effort throughout American history. Ages 8 and older.
  • 11:00 AM Horse Center Ranger-Led Horseback Tour Experience the beauty of autumn in Rock Creek Park by horseback. Reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance. Fee $40. For more information call (202) 362-0117. Participants must be 12 or older.
  • 1:00 PM Nature Center Autumn Night Sky: When I Wish Upon a Star See description for Saturday, October 8.
  • 2:00 PM Old Stone House Garden Tour Explore the lush greenery of the Old Stone House garden and learn of the multiple benefits of plants and herbs that were used during the Colonial Era. Ages 8 and older.
  • 4:00 PM Nature Center Exploring the Universe See description for Saturday, October 8.

Wednesday, October 12

  • 4:00 PM Nature Center Young Planetarium This introduction to the night sky for the youngest of astronomers is a shortened version of our Night Sky Planetarium Program. Ages 4 and older.

Thursday, October 13

  • 4:00 PM Nature Center Woodland Trail Hike Join a park ranger for an exploratory hike along the Woodland Trail. Ages 5 and older.

Friday, October 14

  • 4:00 PM Nature Center Creature Feature Get acquainted with the nature center's live animals and assist in theirfeeding. All ages.

Saturday, October 15
Rock Creek Park Fall Heritage Day at Peirce Mill

  • 1:00 PM Nature Center Autumn Night Sky: When I Wish Upon a Star See description for Saturday, October 8.
  • 4:00 PM Nature Center Exploring the Universe See description for Saturday, October 8.

Sunday, October 16

  • 9:30 AM Nature CenterFootsteps in Time History Hike Learn about victory gardens, eccentric Poet Joaquin Miller, the Civil War in Rock Creek Park, and more on this 2 and ½ mile loop hike. Ages 7 and older.
  • 11:00 AM Horse Center Ranger-Led Horseback Tour Experience the beauty of autumn in Rock Creek Park by horseback. Reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance. Fee $40. For more information call (202) 362-0117. Participants must be 12 or older.
  • 11:00 AM Nature Center Fort DeRussy Hike Discover what life was like for Union soldiers encamped at Fort DeRussy on this one-mile hike. Learn how the fort helped defend Washington, DC. Ages 8 and older.
  • 1:00 PM Nature Center Autumn Night Sky: When I Wish Upon a Star See description for Saturday, October 8.2:00 PM Fort Stevens Defenders of Washington Walk the earthworks of Fort Stevens and experience the lives of the men that defended the Nation's Capital in 1864. Meet at Fort Stevens. Ages 8 and older.
  • 4:00 PM Nature Center Exploring the Universe See description for Saturday, October 8.

Wednesday, October 19
  • 4:00 PM Nature Center Young Planetarium This introduction to the night sky for the youngest of astronomers is a shortened version of our Night Sky Planetarium Program. Ages 4 and older.

Thursday, October 20

  • 4:00 PM Nature Center Ranger Reads: Just a Dream Join a ranger for story time! Discover how Young Walter learn about protecting the environment in this children's book written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg. All ages.

Friday, October 21

  • 4:00 PM Nature Center Creature Feature Get acquainted with the nature center's live animals and assist in their feeding. All ages.

Saturday, October 22

  • 10:00 AM-5:00 PM Old Stone House First Virginia Regiment of the Continental Line Living History Program.
  • Caminata atraves de Rock Creek Park y en el sistema Solar
    El 22nda de octubre 11am
    Explorar la tierra y las estrella en un viaje marvilloso atraves Rock Creek Park. Reunirse a las 11 en Picnic Grove 24 Aprender acerca los animales y las plantas vamos a encontrar en el parque así como las actividades divertidas y venturas disponsible. El Caminata termina a la una a el planetario donde nos invitamos a unirse con nosotros gratuita. (No se requieren reservaciones. Recomiendamos que no traiga el cochito de bebe por terreno irregular. Opciones de comida estan limitado)
  • 1:00 PM Nature Center Autumn Night Sky: When I Wish Upon a Star Visit the only planetarium in the National Park system and explore the wonders of the night sky. View the brightest stars, planets, and constellations of October and learn their stories. Ages 5 and older.
  • 2:00 PM Peirce Mill Mill Tour Come explore the recently reopening 1800s grist mill and discover the many machines and steps to make flour using water power. All ages.
  • 4:00 PM Nature Center Exploring the Universe Join us for a series of planetarium programs exploring the universe. Topics for these programs include the sun, moon, stars, planets, and other space phenomena. Ages 7 and older.
  • 7:30 PM Military Field Exploring the Sky: Pleiades Rising Come see the stars! Peer through telescopes for a dazzling view of stars, planets and other night sky phenomena. Sponsored by the National Park Service and National Capital Astronomers. Military Field is the open field near picnic grove 13 off Military Road. All ages. Rain or heavy cloud cover cancels event.

Sunday, October 23

  • 11:00 AM Horse Center Ranger-Led Horseback Tour Experience the beauty of autumn in Rock Creek Park by horseback. Reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance. Fee $40. For more information call (202) 362-0117. Participants must be 12 or older.
  • 1:00 PM Nature Center Autumn Night Sky: When I Wish Upon a Star See description for Saturday, October 22
  • 2:00 PM Peirce Barn Autumn Tales of the Corn Spirit Create a corn husk doll like those made by colonial children while learning about a child's life in the 1800s. Ages 5 and older.
  • 4:00 PM Nature Center Exploring the Universe See description for Saturday, October 22.

Wednesday, October 26

  • 4:00 PM Nature Center Young Planetarium This introduction to the night sky for the youngest of astronomers is a shortened version of our Night Sky Planetarium Program. Ages 4 and older.

Thursday, October 27

  • 4:00 PM Nature Center Autumn Leaves Scavenger HuntDiscover trees by searching for their leaves on this half-mile Woodland Trail loop hike. Ages 3 and older.

Friday, October 28

  • 4:00 PM Nature Center Creature Feature Get acquainted with the nature center's live animals and assist in their feeding. All ages.

Saturday, October 29

  • 10:00 AM Nature Center Early Autumn Milkhouse Ford Hike Join a park ranger on this scenic two-mile hike to Milkhouse Ford and discover the diverse natural and cultural resources that surround this historic water crossing. Ages 7 and up.
  • 11:00 AM Peirce Barn Autumn Tales of the Corn Spirit Create a corn husk doll like those made by colonial children while learning about a child's life in the 1800s. Ages 5 and older.
  • 12:00 PM Peirce Mill Mill Tour Come explore the recently reopening 1800s grist mill and discover the many machines and steps to make flour using water power. All ages.
  • 1:00 PM Nature Center Autumn Night Sky: When I Wish Upon a Star Visit the only planetarium in the National Park system and explore the wonders of the night sky. View the brightest stars, planets, and constellations of October and learn their stories. Ages 5 and older.
  • 2:00 PM Peirce Mill 19th Century Toys and Crafts The corn is ripe, the apples are picked and the pumpkins are ready in the field. It must be harvest time when children turn to toys and crafts to pass the time. Participants will have the chance to play with classic 19th century toys and make their own crafts to take home. Ages 4 and up.
  • 4:00 PM Nature Center Exploring the Universe Join us for a series of planetarium programs exploring the universe. Topics for these programs include the sun, moon, stars, planets, and other space phenomena. Ages 7 and older.

Sunday, October 30

  • 10:00 AM Pierce Mill Fall Spectacular-Great Autumn Hike with the PresidentsLong before there was Camp David, there was Rock Creek Park. Learn about presidential visits to Rock Creek Park on this two mile, one-and-a-half hour hike. Ages 7 and older.
  • 11:00 AM Horse Center Ranger-Led Horseback Tour Experience the beauty of autumn in Rock Creek Park by horseback. Reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance. Fee $40. For more information call (202) 362-0117. Participants must be 12 or older.
  • 11:00 AM Peirce Mill 19th Century Toys and Crafts The corn is ripe, the apples are picked and the pumpkins are ready in the field. It must be harvest time when children turn to toys and crafts to pass the time. Participants will have the chance to play with classic 19th century toys and make their own crafts to take home. Ages 4 and up.
  • 1:00 PM Nature Center Autumn Night Sky: When I Wish Upon a Star See description for Saturday, October 29.
  • 1:00 PM Fort Bunker Hill Grisly Tales from Civil War Washington This Halloween, come and learn about the hospitals and medicine used around Washington. Also discover how Halloween was celebrated in the mie-1800s. Ages 7 and older.
  • 2:00 PM Peirce Barn Autumn Tales of the Corn Spirit Create a corn husk doll like those made by colonial children while learning about a child's life in the 1800s. Ages 5 and older.
  • 4:00 PM Nature Center Exploring the Universe See description for Saturday, October 29.
 

All ranger-led programs are free and open to the public. All programs start promptly at the scheduled time.

Hours of operation and contact information:

  • Nature Center Located at 5200 Glover Road, NW (off Military Rd.), Open Wed – Sun 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, 202-895-6070
  • Old Stone House Located at 3051 M Street, NW (in Georgetown), Open daily 12:00 Noon – 5:00 PM 202-426-6851.
  • Peirce Barn Located at the corner of Tilden Street and Beach Drive. Open daily Noon-5:00 PM. 202-895-6070
  • Rock Creek Park Horse Center 5100 Glover Road, NW, 202-362-0117
  • Dumbarton Oaks R Street between 30th and 31st Streets, Georgetown.

If you would like to receive our monthly calendar of events, please call 202- 895-6070 or email us at e-mail us.

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.