In honor of the Rock Creek Park 125th Anniversary, we launched the Sustaining Our Lands with Volunteer Energy (SOLVE) program during National Public Lands Day, September 26, 2015, enabling community groups and individuals to adopt and maintain parts of the park.
What is SOLVE?
A program that gives you a chance to SOLVE challenges Rock Creek Park faces. It allows the community to adopt and care for parts of Rock Creek Park by picking up litter and debris, removing invasive species, and maintaining trails.
How Does It Work?National Park Service (NPS) staff perform a site assessment of a proposed part of the park to adopt. NPS staff then develop and approve the SOLVE task list and write it into a SOLVE Agreement.
The SOLVE Agreement is reviewed, agreed upon, and signed by the National Park Service and the community partner.
The National Park Service provides support and oversight for the year-long term of the SOLVE Agreement.
SOLVE Agreements can be renewed annually.
How Do I Get Started?
Reach out to the Rock Creek Park Volunteer Program Coordinator to discuss adopting a part of Rock Creek Park under SOLVE.
Current SOLVE Sites
Chevy Chase Circle
Dumbarton Oaks Park (Clifton Hill Trail)
Fort Bunker Hill
Meridian Hill Park
Piney Branch and Grove 29
Black Horse Trail
If you are interested in joining volunteer activities with a current Rock Creek Park SOLVE partner, please contact the Rock Creek Park Volunteer Program Coordinator.
Please Note: Some activities performed as a part of SOLVE Agreements require permits. Permitting is handled between the National Park Service and the SOLVE partners as a part of the SOLVE Agreement process. Check with the SOLVE partner specific to the site you are interested in prior to any volunteer activities. Contact the Rock Creek Park Volunteer Program Coordinator for individual SOLVE partner contact information or for any questions.
Last updated: March 12, 2019