Where to get your Passport Stamps

Circular Passport Stamp with Rock Creek Park across top of circle, Washington, DC across bottom and a date across the diameter
Passport Stamp for Rock Creek Park

NPS Photo/R. Maher

 

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What are Passport Stamps?

Passport stamps are a fun way to remember your visit to Rock Creek Park and other national parks! Started in 1986 by park partners Eastern National, the program allows visitors to "Put a stamp on every national park experience." In addition, it helps visitors "Take only pictures, leave only footprints" by providing a souvenir to take home.

Each national park site has at least one cancellation stamp. These stamps are circular with the name of the park, the city and state the park is located in, and the date of your visit.

The country is divided into nine regions, and each region was assigned a specific color. Rock Creek Park is in Washington, DC and is in the National Capital Region / Area. Our park stamps use red ink to match placement in the red section of the official Passport book. Fun Fact: The color of the ink pad generally coresponds to the color of the region the park is in. When in doubt, ask the ranger of volunteer for help!


Do I have to have a Passport book to get a stamp?

NO!

You can stamp anything you'd like. People like to stamp:

  • Park brochures
  • Travel journals
  • Postcards

  • Scrapbooks

  • Books purchased in the park store

  • Junior Ranger books and certificates

If you've forgotten your Passport book, don't worry! You can stamp a spare sheet of paper or (if in stock) purchase a sticker sheet designed for the Passport books. Put your stamp in your Passport book when you get home.

 

How can I get a stamp?

You can get your Passport book stamped whenever you visit a national park site. If a location is closed and a stamp access is unavailable, you can contact the park, and we can send you one or more stamps on white paper through the mail.

To obtain one or more Passport cancellation stamps, please use the following sets of instructions:

  1. E-mail rocr_superintendent@nps.gov with your request.--OR--
  2. Call 202-895-6000 to make a request. --OR--
  3. Mail your request to:
Rock Creek Park
3545 Williamsburg Lane NW
Washington, DC 20008

What information should be included in the request?

Be sure to include the following information in your request:

  1. Your name

  2. Mailing address

  3. Which Passport stamp cancellations you need

  4. Specific dates needed for each stamp

  5. Your phone number (if we need to clarify something)

 
 
 

What stamps are available at each site?

Stamps at the Nature Center:
Rock Creek Park - Nature Center & Planetarium
Rock Creek Park- Washington, DC
Rock Creek Park - Peirce Mill
Rock Creek Park - Meridian Hill Park
Rock Creek Park - Klingle Mansion
Civil War Defenses of Washington - Fort DeRussy
Civil War Defenses of Washington - Fort Stevens
Civil War Defenses of Washington - DC, MD, VA
Potomac Heritage NST - Rock Creek Park, D.C.
Rock Creek Park - Old Stone House
Rock Creek Park -Junior Ranger

Stamps at Old Stone House:
Rock Creek Park - Nature Center
Rock Creek Park - Old Stone House
Georgetown Waterfront - Washington D.C.
Francis Scott Key Memorial - Washington, D.C.
Montrose and Dumbarton Oaks parks - Washington, D.C.
C&O Canal NP, Georgetown - Washington, D.C.
Old Stone House - Junior Ranger

Stamps at Peirce Mill:
Rock Creek Park - Nature Center
Rock Creek Park - Peirce Mill
 

Last updated: July 22, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

5200 Glover Rd, NW
Washington, DC 20015

Phone:

(202) 895-6000
Rock Creek Park's main phone line.

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