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Bethesda, MD-based Rock Creek Conservancy Chosen for 2015/16 Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington 

Bethesda, MD — Rock Creek Conservancy is proud to announce its selection for the 2015/16 Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington as one of the region's best small charities. This award reflects the Conservancy’s status as a highly effective local organization, working to protect the lands and waters of Rock Creek and revitalize Rock Creek Park for people to treasure and enjoy. 

As the only organization dedicated solely to Rock Creek and its parks, Rock Creek Conservancy is uniquely positioned to foster outreach, education, and protection efforts to overcome threats to Rock Creek. We work through a combination of education, advocacy, and action. Our strategy is to build partnerships with government agencies, nonprofit organizations, businesses, institutions, community groups, and residents to work together to preserve Rock Creek for present and future generations. It’s an honor to receive this award from the Catalogue for Philanthropy and we are excited to share our mission with the entire DC region. 

Rock Creek Conservancy was selected for the 13th annual Catalogue for Philanthropy, which has, since 2003, connected caring citizens with worthy community causes and raised more than $28 million for featured nonprofits. 

The Catalogue's vetting process is rigorous: members of a 125-person review team, made up of foundations, corporations, peer nonprofits and the philanthropic advisory community, evaluate charities on the basis of program impact and fiscal soundness and each featured charity is visited on-site by at least one member of the review team. 

“Donors know they can trust the Catalogue to help them make smart decisions about local nonprofits where their contributions will really make a difference,” notes Catalogue President Barbara Harman. “The Washington, DC region ranks third in wealth disparity in the nation — having one of the most affluent (and well-educated) populations in the country, and also one of the poorest. We are in a unique position to help our neighbors by connecting donors and volunteers to worthy, local nonprofits working to strengthen the D.C. region. The Catalogue makes it easy to learn about community needs and to help meet them.” 

In November, 25,000 individuals and hundreds of family foundations will receive copies of the print Catalogue. Learn more about Rock Creek Conservancy here. 

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About Rock Creek Conservancy 

Rock Creek Conservancy protects the lands and waters of Rock Creek and revitalizes Rock Creek Park for people to treasure and enjoy. Rock Creek Conservancy is recognized as a 501(c)(3) organization by the Internal Revenue Service. For more information, please visit www.rockcreekconservancy.org.

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Dr. Edward Wilson livestream, "Science for Parks, Parks for Science: The Next Century"

As part of the 125th Anniversary of Rock Creek Park, the Conservancy created a Green Ribbon Panel to make recommendations for the state-of-the Park report:  Revitalizing Rock Creek Park: The Next 125 Years.  Among the esteemed members of the Green Ribbon Panel is Dr. Edward O. Wilson.

Dr. Wilson delivers the keynote speech this Thursday, March 26,  11:30 a.m. EDT - 1:00 p.m., for “Science for Parks, Parks for Science: The Next Century,” a unique science and technology summit organized and hosted by the University of California, Berkeley. Hear the livestream:

Keynote by E.O. Wilson; Mission of the National Park Service and its Relevancy Today

For the livestream schedule of all sessions click CLICK HERE

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Polystyrene Ban Passed!

Thank you to the Montgomery County Council, the County Executive, and all of you who stood up for Rock Creek! On January 20, the Council passed a bill that will ban the use and sale of most polystyrene products in Montgomery County.  Furthermore, the bill requires the use of recyclable or compostable single-use disposable food service ware such as plates, cups, and eating utensils.  Nearly 80% of Rock Creek is located in Montgomery County, and polystyrene products make up as much as a third of the trash found and collected in and around the creek.  Rock Creek Conservancy and its supporters helped push for this important legislation. We encourage you to thank the entire Council for their action.

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125th Anniversary Year

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 26, 2015

Media Contact: Nate Adams, nathan_adams@nps.gov, (202) 619-7158, Joel Greenberg, joel@dcpr.com, (202) 669-3639

Find Yourself in Rock Creek Park

National Park Service and Rock Creek Conservancy Host Special Events to Celebrate the Park's 125th Anniversary

Washington - The National Park Service and Rock Creek Conservancy yesterday kicked off a year-long celebration of the 125th anniversary of Rock Creek Park with a special event at the Omni Shoreham Hotel and Junior Ranger activities in the park. Park staff, partners, and new Junior Rangers shared their appreciation for the park and expressed optimism for its future.

"This is a year-long opportunity to highlight the rich history of Rock Creek Park as the first urban national park in the country," Superintendent Tara Morrison said. "This morning children dissected owl pellets and learned about park wildlife; I saw their eyes light up with the satisfaction of discovery -- maybe we'll inspire a future biologist. That's what this year is about -- having fun, learning, and inspiring people to work together to ensure a great future for Rock Creek Park."

Rock Creek Conservancy announced the nearly two dozen members of its Green Ribbon Panel, which will draft a green paper with observations and recommendations for the park's next 125 years. Panelists include Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Congressman Chris Van Hollen Jr., along with Pulitzer prize-winning author Edward Wilson and experts in urban planning, the environment, national parks, conservation, community development, recreation and the arts.

"We are honored to have attracted the commitment and level of expertise of those on the Green Ribbon Panel," Rock Creek Conservancy Executive Director Matt Fleischer said. "While the panelists evaluate the long-term possibilities for the park, we will focus on the more immediate with the 'Find Yourself in Rock Creek Park' app and helping people enjoy the park and volunteer in ways that strengthen their connection and improve the health of this very special place."

A new smart phone app, coming soon, was unveiled. The app will help people plan their park visits and make navigating the trails and attending park programs and volunteer events easier. The National Park Service and Rock Creek Conservancy hope that events during this anniversary year will encourage more people to visit the park and get involved.

Throughout the day, aspiring Junior Ranger attended programs in the park where they learned about owls and other wildlife, the Civil War, and how to care for their environment. All of the young people earned patches and were sworn in as new Junior Rangers.

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About Rock Creek Conservancy

Rock Creek Conservancy protects the lands and waters of Rock Creek and revitalizes Rock Creek Park for people to treasure and enjoy. Rock Creek Conservancy is recognized as a 501(c)(3) organization by the Internal Revenue Service. For more information, please go to www.rockcreekconservancy.org

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