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Aerial view of Rock Creek Park showing its urban surrounding.

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Rock Creek Park is an island of nature surrounded by human development. The park's forests, meadows, and streams are home to many plants and animals. One special animal is the endangered Hay's spring amphipod, a tiny crustacean that lives in the water. Rock Creek Park is also an important area for migrating birds. These natural wonders make the park a place to enjoy again and again.

But Rock Creek Park faces many environmental challenges. Invasive, non-native plants crowd out native plants. Stormwater runoff pollutes waterways. White-tailed deer populations require management. Climate change threatens the park's health. Read on to learn about the park's natural features and how the National Park Service studies and protects this special place.

 

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Rock Creek Park Resource Stewardship Strategy Summary - 2018

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How National Parks in urban settings provide valuable refuges to wildlife: from water birds at Boston Harbor Islands to threatened bats at Rock Creek Park, and the contributions that monitoring by citizen scientists and NPS employees make to preserving them.

 

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    Last updated: May 10, 2019

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    Mailing Address:

    5200 Glover Rd, NW
    Washington, DC 20015

    Phone:

    (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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