On the edge of Georgetown lies a 27-acre oasis of woodlands, meadows, and waterfalls designed in 1921 by renowned landscape architect Beatrix Farrand. But this historic park, though beautiful, is in environmental crisis. So, armed with a vast volunteer network and a National Park Service partnership, Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy is restoring its ecological health, as well as its original structures and design. DOPC removes invasive plants, mitigates urban stormwater, plants native species, combats erosion and, perhaps most importantly, builds appreciation for our natural resources. Twice a week after school, the Leave No Child Inside program brings children from low-income areas to the park, where they not only experience nature but learn to protect it. Through a partnership with the Montgomery County Conservation Corp, 90 out-of-school youth study for the GED while implementing restoration projects (and gaining valuable skills in conservation). In 2014 alone, 1,700 volunteers contributed to the park’s precious future. The ultimate goal: restore all 27 acres so we can enjoy this natural treasure for generations. Plant a seed … and watch it grow.
Headquarters: DC-Ward 2
Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Montgomery County; MD-Prince George's County; VA-Arlington County; VA-Fairfax County; Greater Washington Region including DC wards 1-8
Age Groups Served: All
Population(s) Served: Individuals with Disabilities; Individuals who identify as LGBTQ; Individuals living with HIV/AIDs; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Students; Veterans/Military Families; Immigrants/Refugees
Awards & Recognition
The Conservancy’s Milestones & Key Accomplishments include:
To date, 12+ acres of the Park’s 27-acres have been restored; 7+ acres have been seeded with native warm-season grasses; and 600+ native trees and shrubs have been planted.
In 2016 awarded one of just 70 Centennial Challenge Grants issued across the country by the National Park Service.
In 2016 received the National Capital Region 2015 Hartzog Volunteer Group Award for over 30,000 volunteer hours served. Since the award was received an additional 15,000 hours has been logged bringing the total volunteer hours served to 45,000+.
Was selected for inclusion in the 2015/16 Catalogue for Philanthropy, and was one of only a select few organizations featured with an exhibit at their annual gala on December 5th, 2016.
In Spring 2017, established an Artist-In-Residence with artists Sophia McCrocklin and Ray Kaskey already actively engaged in the Conservancy’s mission.
Created a new Friends Group Agreement with Rock Creek Park NPS allowing for increased fundraising authority to meet our mission.
Currently developing our first five year master planning process to commence in November focused on a long term vision and strategic roadmap in partnership with Rock Creek Park NPS with participation from cultural preservation and technical experts.
- Breathing New Life into Dumbarton Oaks Park
Thu Nov 12 2015, The Cultural Landscape Foundation Newsletter
An update to The Cultural Landscape Foundations 2006 listing of Dumbarton Oaks Park on the Landslide list; landscapes at risk of being lost.
- The Slow Rebirth of Dumbarton Oaks Park
Wed Dec 17 2014, Washington Post
Adrian Higgins rejoices in the rejuvenation of Dumbarton Oaks Park. Discover the changes DOPC and volunteers have made in the past 3 years.
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