Rock Creek Park: Past, Present, and Future

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From the book "A Year in Rock Creek Park: the Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, DC" by Melanie Choukas-Bradley.

Susan Austin Roth

Rock Creek Park: Past, Present, and Future

Rock Creek Park celebrates its 125th anniversary next year. We speak with two local experts with books about the history, flora, and fauna that abound in Washington's "backyard."

Washingtonians flock to Rock Creek Park on weekends to bike, hike, picnic, and enjoy nature. The park will celebrate its 125th anniversary next year, but its history goes back much further, from the Native Americans who fished and hunted here to the Europeans who built flour mills on the creek. The Civil War raged in the area around Rock Creek Valley, and the park was a favorite spot of President Teddy Roosevelt's. Today, although flora and fauna thrive, the park is also challenged by pollution and invasive species. We explore the park's past and present.


Melanie Choukas-Bradley

Author, "A Year in Rock Creek Park: The Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, DC", and "City of Trees: The Complete Field Guide to the Trees of Washington, DC, Third Edition; Tour leader, Audubon Naturalist Society, Casey Trees and the Nature Conservancy.

Scott Einberger

Environmental historian; author, "A History of Rock Creek Park: Wilderness and Washington, DC"

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A Look Inside Rock Creek Park

Click through the slideshow below for snapshots of all seasons from photographer Susan Austin Roth.

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