A Boxelder tree along Rock Creek.

A Boxelder tree along Rock Creek.

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.

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  • Melanie Choukas-Bradley Naturalist and teacher; author, "City of Trees: The Complete Field Guide to the Trees of Washington, D.C." and "A Year in Rock Creek Park: The Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, D.C."
  • Scott Einberger Environmental historian; author, "A History of Rock Creek Park: Wilderness and Washington, DC"

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