Rock Creek meanders 33 miles through the Washington metropolitan area – across local and state borders, through forested parkland and along busy roads, near hiking trails, businesses, and backyards. But only one organization is solely dedicated to the creek and its parks, an area visited annually by more than two million people. A formal philanthropic partner to Rock Creek Park, the Conservancy protects the park by protecting the watershed – leveraging the park’s popularity and empowering visitors and neighbors alike to explore, enjoy, and become stewards of this national treasure. Each year, more than 5,000 volunteers pick up trash, remove invasive species, and restore native habitat, while dozens of volunteer Stream Team leaders adopt sections of the creek for neighborhood-based stewardship. You too can be a steward for good – and ensure the park's health and beauty for this and future generations.

Headquarters: MD-Montgomery County

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Montgomery County; Rock Creek Watershed

Age Groups Served: All

Population(s) Served: All

Awards & Recognition

DC Mayor's Environmental Excellence Award, April 2011
Bethesda Magazine Green Award, October 2011
Potomac Champion Award (Alice Ferguson Fdn), October 2011


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Budget (FY2014)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • The current budget for Rock Creek Conservancy is: $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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