Volunteer in Rock Creek Park

You can make a difference by volunteering at Rock Creek Park!

Volunteers enhance Rock Creek Park by assisting in many areas of park operations. They help protect natural and cultural resources by removing trash from park lands and streams, by removing invasive, nonnative plant species, and by maintaining the park's 32-mile trail system. Volunteers enrich the experience of park visitors by providing information and interpretation at locations throughout Rock Creek Park, including Peirce Mill, the Nature Center, and the Old Stone House.


National Public Lands Day

This year marks the 23rd Annual National Public Lands Day, where volunteers of all ages help with public land efforts at hundreds of different sites nationwide! Rock Creek Park would like to encourage you to join us, some of our Partners, and our SOLVE partners, throughout the Park for National Public Lands Day on September 24-25, 2016.

September 24th Activities

  • Partner: Potomac Appalachian Trail Club
  • Site: Meet at the Rock Creek Park Nature Center: 5200 Glover Rd NW, Washington, DC 20015
  • Time: 8:20 AM - 12 PM
  • Activity: Trail maintenance

  • Partner: Rock Creek Conservancy
  • Site: Melvin Hazen East: 2801 Quebec St NW, Washington, DC 20016
  • Time: 9 AM - 11 AM
  • Activity: Invasive Species Removal

  • Partner: Rock Creek Conservancy
  • SOLVE Site: Picnic Grove 29: Piney Branch Parkway NW under 16th Street
  • Time: 9 AM - 11 AM
  • Activity: Invasive Species Removal

  • This event has been canceled, we apologize for the inconvenience.
  • Partner: Rock Creek Conservancy
  • Site: Fort Reno
  • Time: 9 AM - 11 AM
  • Activity: Invasive Species Removal

  • Partner: John Burwell
  • SOLVE Site: Pinehurst Branch: Western Ave. and Beech St. NW
  • Time: 9 AM - 2 PM
  • Activity: Trail maintenance

  • Partner: Washington Parks & People
  • SOLVE Site: Meridian Hill Park: 2400 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
  • Time: 10 AM - 2 PM
  • Activity: Trash Cleanup

  • Partner: Rock Creek Conservancy
  • Site: Picnic Grove 13: Military Road NW & Glover Road NW 20015
  • Time: 1 PM - 4 PM
  • Activity: Native Planting

September 25th Activities

  • Partner: Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy
  • SOLVE Site: Dumbarton Oaks Park: across from 3056 R St. NW (east of 31st St. NW)
  • Time: 9 AM - 1 PM
  • Activity: Trail maintenance

2015 Hartzog Award Winner: Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy

The Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy (DOPC) is the recipient of the National Park Service National Capital Regional Hartzog Volunteer Group Award for 2015! The 30,000 volunteer work hours they've put in over the last 3 years have transformed Dumbarton Oaks Park, and they continue to help us restore this beautiful landscape to its historic glory.

The annual Hartzog awards recognize volunteers who made exceptional contributions to national parks. We're fortunate to have dedicated partners like DOPC to help us achieve our mission of protecting resources and connecting with visitors.

See the official news release and attached photo of volunteers hard at work on Clifton Walk on last year's National Public Lands Day. Please join us in congratulating Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy on their well-earned award!


Current Volunteer Opportunities

For more information about Rock Creek Park's volunteer program, contact the volunteer coordinator.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

3545 Williamsburg Lane, NW
Washington, DC 20008


(202) 895-6000
Rock Creek Park administrative offices can be reached at 202-895-6000. For General information call 202-895-6070 Wednesday - Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and dial 0.

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