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Summer Fun for Your Kids at the Rock Creek Nature Center

Summer Fun for Your Kids at the Rock Creek Nature Center

As summer approaches, a lot of parents are looking for fun and educational summer activities for their children.  And the Nature Center in Rock Creek Park. offers some wonderful programs for young nature lovers.  The Park runs through the city, and it has some of the most amazing natural beauty you can find anywhere.  There is the creek itself.  Then there is the basic geology, with amazing rock fromations and rock outcropping.  And don't forget the greenery and wildlife - deer, foxes and coyotes. 

Here are some of the camps they are offering for children between nine and fifteen:

  • Hikers Camp: this could be the answer to preventing childhood obesity, with hikes of six to eight miles each day.  In addition to the healthy exercise, participants get a chance to learn about the history and geology of the park
  • Junior Ranger Camp:  Children get familiar with the park from nature hikes, can learn about astronomy at the planetarium, and learning about the historic gristmills that thrived along Rock Creek. 
  • Astronomy Camp:  young star gazers can hang out at the Planetarium, star gazing and enjoying twilight nature hikes.
  • Art in the Park Camp:  this is for young artists, writer and poets who want to hone their craft, inspired by the scenic backdrop of this beautiful park.
  • Environmental Stewardship Academy:  this program is designed for middle-schoolers to teach them to enjoy the park's natural resources and to respect and care for the environment.  They also get hands on experience with resource management. 

The Nature Center is on Glover Road just south of Military Road NW.  Just follow the signs. 

These classes are very popular with DC young naturalists, and many are already filled.  Those that are not full are almost full. 


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Comment balloon 8 commentsPatricia Kennedy • May 24 2013 07:25AM


Hi Pat - fun stuff and a variety of opportunities for kids this summer at Rock Creek Nature Center.  

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 over 7 years ago

Nice post on the Rock Creek Nature Center.  There is a big article on the park in today's issue of The Washington Post.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 7 years ago

Pat, sweet localism post! I love your take on the Hikers Camp--VERY important. It's nice that this Rock Creek Nature Center offers both physical and artistic "exercise". Mindy, body, soul--that's what it's all about!

Posted by Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905 (John L Scott Market Center) over 7 years ago

Patricia,  I love to see kids spending more time outdoors in nature and getting some exercise ... away from the TV and all the tech toys I see many heads buried in.  It connects them with nature and other kids. 

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist, Probate Real Estate (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) over 7 years ago

Rock Creek Nature Center should be a great place to go this summer. Kids love camp.. good to get out side.

Posted by Janis Borgueta, LIC RE Salesperson (Key Properties of the Hudson Valley ) over 7 years ago


The kids will have a great summer at the Rock Creek Nature Center  in Washington DC.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 7 years ago

I bet I have been to that center 50 times!  No kidding.  My whole childhood!  We even used to ride our bikes there to go through it!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Hi Pat... This sounds great and I'm up for summertime camps etc... When my kids were growing up I loved summer adventures, yet I think it's important for them to be in new situations with friends and other kids their age to experience the outdoors, adventures and hikes, star gazing, art, and singing around the campfire. This is the stuff of life long stories and memories. Great post!

Posted by Rene Fabre, Marketing in the Digital Age (First American Title) over 7 years ago