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.

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Awards & Recognition

The National Park Service’s National Capital Region 2015 Hartzog Volunteer Group Award.


Budget (FY2014)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • The current budget for Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy is: Less than $500k

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