Volunteer Events

This page contains information about our annual Special Volunteer Events.

For information on smaller regular volunteer events please visit our Individual and Group Volunteer Opportunities page.

For information about attending special events please visit our Special Events and Festivals page.



  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

    At Rock Creek Park, the MLK Jr. Day of Service is recognized through the collaborative efforts of the Rock Creek Park and Rock Creek Conservancy (RCC). In past years volunteers performed invasive plant removal throughout the Park lead by Weed Warrior Leaders.



  • Dumbarton Oaks Park Anniversary

    The Dumbarton Oaks Park Anniversary celebrates the initial opening of Dumbarton Oaks Park to the public on April 12, 1941. The day features family friendly activities, arts, crafts, educational programs and nature walks, and a volunteer project to assist with restoration efforts in the park. We welcome any and all volunteers interested in assisting with set up, tear down, activities throughout the day, and of course the volunteer project.

  • Extreme Clean-Up

    Each spring, Rock Creek Park partners with the Rock Creek Conservancy and the Alice Ferguson Foundation for the Rock Creek Extreme Cleanup involving trash cleanups at locations all along the length of Rock Creek. The Extreme Cleanup is part of the Alice Ferguson Foundation’s annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup, which occurs in four states and the District of Columbia in April. We do our part for a trash-free Potomac River by cleaning up Rock Creek, which flows into the Potomac near the Watergate Complex and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.



  • International Migratory Bird Day

    International Migratory Bird Day is a day dedicated to the birds that call Rock Creek Park home, even if it is just for part of the year. Volunteer with us to help with setting up and breaking down the event, bird walks, hands-on activities and exhibits, art, and other family-friendly entertainment.
    For more information on attending International Migratory Bird Day visit our special events page.



  • Anniversary of the Battle of Fort Stevens

    Join the annual commemoration of the Battle of Fort Stevens and enjoy living history, music, lectures, and more! We are always looking for volunteers who would like to help us set up and take down the event, as well as assist with many of the activities throughout the day.
    Visit the Anniversary of the Battle of Fort Stevens event page for more information about attending the event.


  • National Park Service Founders Day & Volunteer Appreciation

    On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the act creating the National Park Service, a new federal bureau in the Department of the Interior. In past years we celebrated both the founding of the National Park Service and all our Rock Creek Park volunteers with a public movie night at the Carter Barron.



  • National Public Lands Day

    National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is a signature event of the National Environmental Education Foundation, that promotes both the enjoyment and volunteer efforts of national public lands. At Rock Creek Park we celebrate NPLD as SOLVE Day with volunteer projects at many of our SOLVE sites throughout the park.


    Melvin Hazen East - Sunday, September 16th
    Hosted by Rock Creek Conservancy
    9:00 am - 11:00 am
    Meet at the end of Quebec Street; approximately 2601 Quebec St NW, Washington DC 20008
    Volunteers will help remove invasive plants from the eastern section of Melvin Hazen Park, a section of Rock Creek Park.
    For more information see Rock Creek Conservancy's event posting.

    James Cardinal Gibbons Park - Friday, September 21st
    Hosted by YouthBuild Public Charter School
    9:30 am - 10:30 am
    Park Rd NW & 16th St NW, Washington DC 20010
    Park cleanup involving trash pickup and raking; all ages welcome.

    Dumbarton Oaks Park - Saturday, September 22nd
    Hosted by Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Meet at the top of Lovers’ Lane, approximately 3060 R St NW, Washington DC 20007
    Invasive species removal and stormwater management; all ages welcome.
    For more information visit the Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy volunteer page.

    Glover Archbold Park - Saturday, September 22nd
    Hosted by Weed Warrior Conrad
    9:30 am - 12:30 am
    Bamboo patch, Foxhall Rd NW & 44th St NW, Washington DC 20007
    Invasive plant removal; ages 16 and older. Bring loppers or hand saws if you like, but there will be some to borrow. Please bring water.
    If you would like to attend, please email the Rock Creek Park volunteer coordinator.

    Meridian Hill Park - Saturday, September 22nd
    Hosted by Washington Parks and People
    10:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Meet at the Joan of Arc statue in Meridian Hill Park; 16th & W streets NW, Washington DC 20009
    Washington Parks & People will be leading a volunteer event involving cleaning up debris, removing invasive species, and doing some park maintenance. All tools and gloves will be provided.
    For more information visit the Washington Parks and People event calendar.

    Picnic Grove 25 - Saturday, September 22nd
    Hosted by Ranger Ana
    10:00 am - 12:30 pm
    Picnic Grove 25 near intersection of Ross Dr NW and Ridge Rd NW, Washington DC 20008
    Invasive vine removal; ages 16 and older.
    For more details see Rock Creek Conservancy's event posting.

    Piney Branch - Saturday, September 22nd
    Hosted by Rock Creek Conservancy
    9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    1841 Ingleside Terrace NW, Washington DC 20010
    For more details see Rock Creek Conservancy's event posting.

    Sherman Circle Park - Sunday, September 30th
    Hosted by SOLVE Partners Amy and Jonathan
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Sherman Circle NW, Washington DC 20011
    Help keep historic Sherman Circle clean and vibrant! Sherman Circle already stays relatively trash free, but it can always use some TLC especially around the perimeter. Work gloves and trash bags provided, but bring your own gloves if you have them. Also, bring your own water. This is a kid-friendly event.
    For more information visit the facebook event page.

    Join us for a volunteer recognition event on the afternoon of September 22nd hosted by Rock Creek Conservancy!

  • Rock Creek Park Day

    Rock Creek Park was established through an act of Congress and signed into law by President Benjamin Harrison on September 27, 1890. In honor of our establishment, we celebrate with ranger led programs, photo-walks, bike rides, arts and crafts, and more! Help us celebrate by volunteering to be a part setting up and taking down the event or assisting with programs during the event. The location changes each year so there is always an opportunity to learn more about what all Rock Creek Park has to offer.
    For information on attending the event, visit our Rock Creek Park Day special events page.


  • Heritage Day

    Join Rock Creek Park and the Friends of Peirce Mill and help us step back in time on Heritage Day, a festival at the historic Peirce Mill in the middle of Rock Creek Park. We can always use the help of volunteers to set up and break down the event, as well as assist with family friendly activities including our arts and crafts booth.
    For more information about the day or information on attending Heritage Day visit our special events page.

Last updated: September 19, 2018

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5200 Glover Rd, NW
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