Did you know that in 2013, park volunteers completed a record setting 49,000 hours of service? Volunteers assist in virtually every aspect of park operations. They enhance the visitor experience and protect natural and cultural resources by providing visitor interpretation and information at Old Stone House, the Nature Center, and Peirce Mill. Volunteers also protect park biodiversity by removing invasive, non-native plant species from the landscape and by removing litter; maintaining the 32 miles of trails; completing important resource studies; etc. See below for a listing of current volunteer opportunities.
Peirce Mill Interpretation Volunteer Share the story and interpret the inner workings of Rock Creek Park's most successful water-powered gristmill. Volunteers are needed to answer visitor questions and provide formal and informal programs on park history and nature.
Old Stone House Interpretation Volunteer Share the story of the oldest building in all of Washington DC with the international tourists of Georgetown. Topics of discussion include colonial, Georgetown, and African American history, among other things. Volunteers are needed to serve primarily on Mondays and/or Tuesdays.
Nature Center Visitor Services Volunteer Staff the Nature Center Front Desk and talk to visitors about park trails, trees, birds and bees! You'll present informal nature programs, manage the sales outlet, and field phone calls.
Natural Resource Protection Volunteer Join the Rock Creek Conservancy and/or Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy in removing invasive, non-native plant species and/or litter from the landscape.
Trail Maintenance Volunteer Join Potomac Appalachian Trail Club volunteers and help maintain Rock Creek Park's trail system. Trail work takes place once or twice a month between April and October on Saturday mornings.
For more information or to apply for a position, e-mail the volunteer coordinator.
Rock Creek Park Volunteers enhance the visitor experience and protect natural and cultural resources for the benefit of current and future generations of humans and wildlife.