Learn through the eyes of the Rock Creek Consevation Crews!
Friday marked off our first week as members of the Rock Creek Conservation Corps. Our central goal with this program is to maintain and improve the wellbeing of Rock Creek and the parks that surround it.
We are one of four crews that are working with the Conservancy. Each crew is made up of 10 crewmembers. Throughout the week we have gone on many bonding adventures such as “The Wall”, which was our biggest challenge to date.The goal was to get over a 13 foot wall with our teammates. This challenge required teamwork, trust, and perseverance.
We also took an afternoon to go canoeing and even go zip lining. We also learned more about watersheds and the both native and nonnative species that we are going to be working with during the program.
As we go into our second week, there are a few things we are looking forward to. For one, we are excited to finally get in the field and get to work.
The Tenacious Figures
On the first day we had orientation, where we spent time getting to know everyone. We came up with our crew name: Tenacious Figures. We also went on a hike and explored the capitol stones in Rock Creek. Have you heard of them? They are these large, slightly ominous, piles of abandoned sandstone and marble blocks that once decorated the Capitol Building. They’re just sitting there getting worn out by weather!
Image: Tenacious Figures posing carefully on the Capitol Stones in Rock Creek Park.
On our second day, we went to the challenge course where we went zip lining! We did other team building activities too. We climbed a 13 foot wall, which obviously forced us to work as a team. We talked about a plan on getting up and a plan for were we can help others get up on the wall.
On the third day, we went to Peirce Mill. We explored all that was there, and got to learn about how people lived in the 1800s. Afterwards, we went down to the river and saw ducks, birds and other, smaller, organisms like bugs and beetles.
On the fourth day, we went to Laytonsville Golf Course, which is where Rock Creek starts! We discovered that this unassuming trickle of water is the head spring for the entire rock creek watershed. Then we moved on to Lake Needwood where we went canoeing and saw the animals that depend on the waters from that little spring and soaked in the beautiful scenery.
Image: This map, sourced from Google Maps, shows that Laytonsville Golf Course houses the beginning of Rock Creek! RC3 does work throughout the Rock Creek watershed.
Friday was the fifth and last day of the week. We went back to the nature center and we learned about the tools that we would work with this summer, and the proper way to use them when out on the field. Today was all about safety, as we learned about the more labor intensive part of the work we would deal with this year. We were given our PPE bucket that contains all of our equipment that will keep us in a very safe state this summer while working hard and accomplishing goals that involve conserving rock creek in the best way.
Favorite InstaStory Shot:
The "blood circle" or safety circle is the area around a person within an armslength when they are holding a knife or sharp tool.
Stay out of someone else's blood circle!
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