Before volunteering in Rock Creek Park we encourage you to review all safety information on this page. Included are some potential safety concerns to be aware of, however this does not include the full scope of all potential park hazards. For the safety of yourself and other volunteers maintain constant awareness of your surroundings.
Upon finding graffiti at your volunteer site immediately contact U.S. Park Police Non Emergency: (202) 610-7505. Also alert NPS Staff (202) 895-6070 either directly or through your volunteer group leader.
We encourage you to sign up for AlertDC to receive weather safety updates.
During summer months heat related illness can become a prevalent issue for those volunteering or spending a lot of time outdoors. Please follow the tips for decreasing your chance of getting heat illness:
ColdWhen the weather is cold, especially if there are high winds, it is best to stay indoors. However, if you plan to volunteer outside during the winter weather please prepare and dress accordingly. It is preferred that the outer layer is water and/or wind resistant.
Warm clothing includes:
For safety tips about natural hazards in Rock Creek Park visit our Staying Safe in Rock Creek Park page.
Avoid handling or touching any sort of hazardous or sharp material for example broken glass or needles. Report the location of these hazards to NPS Staff (202) 895-6070 and/or your volunteer group leader.
Historic and Cultural Artifacts
In the event you or a volunteer group member encounters or unearths what could potentially be a historic or cultural artifact, contact NPS Staff (202) 895-6070 for further instruction. End all volunteer activity in the immediate area of the potential artifact.
Some volunteer projects may require the use of tools. When using any tool especially those with sharp edges follow all required safety guidelines and instruction from NPS Staff and/or your group volunteer leader.
Last updated: April 6, 2017