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Rock Creek Park: Washington’s True Wild Side

Honoring the National Park Service’s 100th Anniversary

Evening Program with Book Signing

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 6:45 p.m.
Code: 1B0168

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(Photo: Susan A. Roth)

Please note if you would like to attend this program with a bus tour to Rock Creek Park on Sept. 30, please click here.

Right in the heart of Washington, D.C., is one of the oldest and largest of the country’s urban national parks. Rock Creek Park, established by an Act of Congress in 1890, is made up of 2,100 acres of National Park land that stretches from Northwest D.C., into Maryland. It’s twice the size of New York’s Central Park and as old as Yosemite National Park.

Local natural historian Melanie Choukas-Bradley talks about the park’s history and shares her impressions of its natural wonders, drawing on her book, A Year in Rock Creek Park – the Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington DC. The presentation, a virtual journey through the magnificent stream valley, focusing on the native plants of the Rock Creek Park flood plain, forests, and upland woods. She also talks about what needs to be done to ensure the survival of this remarkable wild space for generations to come.

Choukas-Bradley leads field trips and tree tours for the Audubon Naturalist Society, the Nature Conservancy, the Rock Creek Conservancy, the US Botanic Garden, the Maryland and Virginia Native Plant societies, and other organizations in and around the city.  

A Year in Rock Creek Park is available for signing.


S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit)