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.


Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

We would like to thank all of our volunteers for joining us in helping make the 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Day (and Weekend) of Service so successful. This year nearly 600 volunteers joined us at locations throughout the Park. None of this would have been possible without the support of our partners:
  • Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy lead 62 volunteers in Dumbarton Oaks Park to remove invasive plants
  • Rock Creek Conservancy lead a total of 392 volunteers across various sites in Rock Creek Park with additional volunteers at sites along the Montgomery County portion of Rock Creek
    • Trash cleanup: Piney Branch, Peirce Mill, Soapstone Valley
    • Trash cleanup & invasive plant removal: Broad Branch
    • Invasive plant removal (specifically English Ivy): Glover Archbold
  • Washington Parks & People lead 136 volunteers at Meridian Hill Park to remove trash, clean garden beds, and clean old Park storage rooms toward future use by Washington Parks & People
For those we saw in the Park, it was a pleasure serving beside you. For those we missed this year, we will do our best to make it to your site next year and look forward to seeing you during the next MLK Jr. Day of Service!

In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service with leading this effort. Taking place each year on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a "day on, not a day off." The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President's national call to service initiative.


Current Volunteer Opportunities


The National Park Service is looking for REI Adventure Station Volunteers

Do you love being outdoors in DC? Are you passionate about helping people who also love being outdoors in DC? If so, we have an amazing volunteer opportunity for you! The National Park Service is looking for REI Adventure Station volunteers at the Washington, DC REI Flagship Store! You'll get to work with a park ranger, interact with visitors, and help people make the most of the awesome recreational opportunities that can be found in and around the DC area. See the REI Adventure Station Volunteer flyer for more information including how to sign up.


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.

Please join us in congratulating Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy on their well-earned award!


National Public Lands Day

Thank you to the 100 plus volunteers who came out to volunteer at Rock Creek Park September 23-25, 2016 in celebration of National Public Lands Day! With your help we planted new native species in the meadow near Picnic Grove 13, restored trails in the Lower Valley, cleared invasive English Ivy from Melvin Hazen East, cleaned up trash and invasive plants from Picnic Grove 29 and Pinehurst Branch, cleaned up trash at Meridian Hill Park, and built a protective fence around Meadow 5 in Dumbarton Oaks Park to aide in rehabilitation efforts.

We especially thank Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy, Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, Rock Creek Conservancy, our SOLVE Partners, and Washington Parks & People for their support in organizing and hosting these 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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