What a day! Rock Creek Conservancy volunteers were out in full force throughout Rock Creek Park and the surrounding watershed in celebration of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.
In total, 772 children, students, and adults participated in 14 events over MLK weekend. Volunteers removed invasive plants like porcelainberry, lesser celandine, and wisteria to help native plants thrive, cleaned up over 215 bags of trash and 175 bags of recyclables, and saved over 450 trees from English Ivy!
Thanks to all the volunteers, partner organizations, and staff who made these events possible, especially Montgomery Department of Parks, Blue Planet Scuba, Tregaron Conservancy, Rock Creek Songbirds, and others! And a very special thank you to our Stream Team leaders who hosted events. Without them, the weekend would not have been possible.
Invasive Plant Removal in Pinehurst and Piney Branch
Over 50 volunteers from Catholic University joined Conservancy staff in Pinehurst Branch and Piney Branch for invasive plant removal activities. After demonstrations on removal, volunteers got right to work clearing huge swaths of invasive vines and shrubs. Students athletes from the CU Soccer, Rugby, and Track and Field teams showcased their skill and fitness by removing large amounts of trash as well.
Meadowbrook-Mania at the Trash Cleanup
Meadowbrook Local Park in Montgomery County is much cleaner than it was last week. On Monday over 100 volunteers came out to remove trash and debris from the surrounding park and banks of Rock Creek. In total, students and parents collected almost 75 bags of trash.
An English Ivy Removal Team in Glover Archbold
On Monday afternoon, 51 volunteers joined Conservancy staff in Glover Archbold Park to learn about the perils of arborized English ivy. The vine, which strangles and confines trees, is prevalent in an area on the West side of the Park. To help, volunteers equipped with loppers, saws, and crowbars saved a whopping 450 trees from the invasive plant. Smaller trees were freed of vines that began to creep up the trunk, while larger trees were saved from what could have been years of strangulation.
A Trash Bash at Peirce Mill
The winner of the largest volunteer event goes to Peirce Mill where 134 volunteers joined to remove over 1000 lbs of trash and debris from the surrounding park. We were so thrilled to see such a large response in one of Rock Creek Park's most popular areas. Special thank you to Blue Planet Scuba for leading the event and managing the huge crowds.
Special Thanks to our Volunteer Groups
Finally, we wanted to extend a special thank you to our volunteers from Catholic University and The Washington Center joining us for Rock Creek Conservancy’s MLK Weekend activities. Thanks to all who attended!