Doing our part to inspire a future generation of stewards
Rock Creek Conservation Corps, or "RC3," is a summer youth conservation program that helps protect and revitalize Rock Creek and its parklands while providing transformative experiences to youth and empowering non-traditional leaders in conservation to develop and sustain a culture of environmental stewardship for future generations. RC3's goal is to accomplish critical conservation work while learning about the Rock Creek watershed: the extensive physical environment as it extends from its source to the Chesapeake Bay, the effects of modern life on water quality, the relationship of the park to the community, and the importance of maintaining a healthy watershed.
2017 Program Specifics:
- A 4-week summer youth conservation program including 1 training week and 3 weeks of field work
- Four crews made up of 10 students between the ages of 16 and 19
- Partnerships with local schools providing educational opportunities and community action projects that reinforce a culture of environmental stewardship
- The exploration of key themes like understanding and protecting the watershed, connecting participants to the watershed and inspiring a new generation of park stewards
- Projects included invasive exotic plant removal with the National Park Service, green infrastructure installation, water quality monitoring and community outreach
Check out our fact sheet with FAQs and important dates for 2017!
"RC3 has helped me understand nature from a person who cares compared to [someone] who doesn't. If we can properly take care of the environment, then we can properly take care of ourselves."
- Ashby, 2016 program participant