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#BridgeTheGap and explore Rock Creek

Join us and #BridgeTheGap between nature and the city! Each week between now and the end of 2016, we're highlighting a new spot in the Rock Creek watershed so you can get to know this treasure even more AND learn what we're doing to restore it. View the images below to plan an adventure, and be sure to check back with us every Friday to see what's new. 

If you're a social media user, tag any pictures you take in the watershed with #BridgeTheGap so we can see what you're doing!

#BridgeTheGap is our localized spin on REI's #OptOutside campaign, which encourages people to reconnect with the outdoors over the holidays. 

Rock Creek Watershed
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Urban Wild Gala 2016

Thank you for making Urban Wild such a memorable evening!

Our annual fundraising gala took place Oct. 8, 2016 at the Embassy of Italy in Washington, DC, and featured food and beverages from fine restaurants; live music and entertainment; and an incredible silent auction featuring outdoor-themed items and experiences. Thanks to the generosity of our guests, we are a step closer to realizing our vision of a vibrant, healthy and sustainable park in the heart of our nation's capital. 

Click through the below gallery to see pictures from this exciting evening!

All photos by Nithabut Photography 



Estate Planning

Thank you for considering a gift to Rock Creek Conservancy in your estate plan. Bequest contributions are vitally important to the long-term sustainability of the Conservancy and our efforts to protect the health, beauty, and enjoyment of Rock Creek and its tributaries.

We recommend one or a combination of the following clauses for your will. However, we strongly urge you to consult a qualified professional to determine the exact legal language needed to ensure your intentions are clear.

General Bequest:

"I give and bequeath the amount of $ ______ to Rock Creek Conservancy, Federal Identification Number: 20-3874333, located at 4300 Montgomery Avenue, Suite 304, Bethesda, MD 20814, at the time of this writing.

Percentage Bequest:

"I give and bequeath _____ percent of the total value of my estate to Rock Creek Conservancy, Federal Identification Number: 20-3874333, located at 4300 Montgomery Avenue, Suite 304, Bethesda, MD 20814, at this writing.

Bequest of a Residue:

"The rest, residue and remainder of my estate, both real and personal, wherever situated, I give and bequeath to Rock Creek Conservancy, Federal Identification Number: 20-3874333, located at 4300 Montgomery Avenue, Suite 304, Bethesda, MD 20814, at this writing.

Restricted Bequest:

"I give and bequeath to Rock Creek Conservancy, Federal Identification Number: 20-3874333, located at 4300 Montgomery Avenue, Suite 304, Bethesda, MD 20814, the sum of $ _______ to be used for __________ (specify the fund, project, or geographic restriction of your bequest—see below).

If you decide to make a restricted bequest, we ask that you add a contingency clause that reads, "Should funds for this purpose no longer be needed, the bequest may be used for the program that most closely resembles the original restriction, or in an appropriate manner as determined by the Board of Directors."

Should you choose to include us in your estate plans, please let us know so that we can formally recognize your generosity.

We would be glad to talk with you or your advisor about bequest gifts and the Conservancy's mission and programs. Please contact Sarah Mitchell, Director of Development at (301) 579-3105 or

Become a Leadership Giver: Olmsted Society

The Olmsted Society is a giving society that honors celebrated landscape architect and planner Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. Son of the illustrious landscape designer with the same name, Olmsted was a central figure in the City Beautiful movement and known for his lifetime commitment to national parks. Right here, his contributions shaped the legacy for Rock Creek we now enjoy. 

Boulder Bridge Rock Creek ParkOlmsted Society Benefits:

  • Special updates from Rock Creek Conservancy's Executive Director, Matthew Fleischer
  • Listing in the Rock Creek Conservancy's Annual Report
  • A discount on tickets to our exclusive Gala 
  • An invitation to a special event in Rock Creek Park

Become a member of the Olmsted Society with a gift of $1250 or more! Click here to join. 

2017 Rock Creek Extreme Cleanup

Extreme Cleanup Save the Date March eNews

What is the Extreme Cleanup?

Each spring, we organize and promote the Rock Creek Extreme Cleanup, with trash cleanups at over 75 locations along the 33-mile length of Rock Creek. This year will be our 9th year! Our goal is total stream cleanup of Rock Creek and its tributaries, the parks connected to Rock Creek, and the neighborhoods near Rock Creek where trash originates. We work closely with the National Park Service and Montgomery County Parks.

The Extreme Cleanup is part of the Alice Ferguson Foundation’s annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup, which occurs in four states and the District of Columbia in April. We do our part for a trash-free Potomac River by cleaning up Rock Creek, which flows into the Potomac near the Watergate Complex and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.

In the past eight years, volunteers have collected a combined total of over 15,000 bags of litter, 75 tons of junk, 900 tires, and 38,000 plastic bags. As a result of these efforts, many locations are much cleaner.

But trash still accumulates through littering and illegal dumping of large items, such as furniture and construction waste. When it rains, litter—mostly plastic bags and bottles—from the street gutters in surrounding neighborhoods wash into the storm sewer system that drains straight to the nearest creek.

Volunteer Registration

Site registration is available now! Use the map below to find a site. Green sites are open for volunteers; red sites are private volunteer events and are not accepting volunteers; and yellow sites still need a cleanup leader or group. 

If you would like to host your own site with a private group or public volunteers, please email us at


Does a cleanup site have to be along the creek? No, you can start a cleanup site anywhere! The Rock Creek watershed is all the land area that drains into Rock Creek. Therefore, cleaning up a neighborhood street, schoolyard, or community park gets rid of the trash before it goes into storm drains or other waterways that drain into Rock Creek.

How do I find a site to volunteer? You can find all our volunteer sites on our forthcoming Extreme Cleanup map. If the site is closed, no more volunteers are being accepted at that site. If you need help finding a site, please contact us at

What does it mean to adopt a site? Adopted means that a specific group will be handling the cleanup at that site and no other volunteers are needed. Adopting a site is perfect for scout troops, churches, businesses or other organizations that have a unified volunteer base.

Can I start a new site near me? Yes! Please contact the volunteer manager at if you are interested in starting a new site near you. We will provide all the supplies and permits needed to run a successful cleanup.

How can school groups or scout troops participate? School groups can do schoolyard cleanups prior to the event which can involve your science class.

What happens if there is inclement weather? The event is a rain or shine activity. In the case of severe weather like thunder, lightning, or snow, the event will be canceled. All event cancellations will be updated on the website.

Will this count for my community service hours? Rock Creek Conservancy regularly gives out community service hours for all of our volunteer events. Please bring the required forms to the event with you to earn credit.

How can my company or organization get involved with the cleanup? Companies and organizations can become corporate sponsors, donate in-kind goods and services, OR provide employee volunteers for the Rock Creek Extreme Cleanup. We urge ALL area businesses to promote the event, encourage employees to volunteer and adopt/participate at a site in their community. Email to set something up. 

Not available on April 22? Here's what else you can do:

  • Adopt your local section of Rock Creek Park through our Stream Team Program.

  • Pick up any trash you see in or near street gutters and in the parks throughout the year.

  • Don’t create trash! Use refillable stainless steel containers instead of bottled water.

  • Let us know if you would like to lead a group cleanup in your neighborhood or a park near you.