Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is hosting a free Community Science Festival at Lake Needwood in Rock Creek Regional Park on Saturday, April 29, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Discover the flora and fauna that live in your neighborhood and hone observation skills through interactive demonstrations and hands-on activities with Montgomery Parks scientists and naturalists. Take part in the City Nature Challenge and become a citizen scientist. Attendees will also be able to learn how to get involved with local groups and projects.
What: Montgomery Parks Community Science Festival
When: Saturday, April 29 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: Rock Creek Regional Park located here: Google Maps Location
Cost to attend: Free
The schedule of events will include:
- Presentation on Biological Monitoring with Fish in Rock Creek led by a Parks scientist
- Presentation on Rare Habitats of Montgomery Parks led by a Parks ecologist
- Aquatic Macroinvertebrates Interactive Demonstration
- Guided hikes and identification help for wildflowers, trees and birds
- 10:30 am Bird Hike with Montgomery Bird Club
- 11:15 am Tree Hike with Maryland Master Naturalist
- 1:15 pm Wildflower Hike with Maryland Master Naturalist
- 10 am – 2 pm Get help entering observations in iNaturalist and eBird at the observation kiosk
Partner organizations on-site include:
- DC Audubon Society
- Montgomery Bird Club
- Rock Creek Conservancy
- Washington Mycological Association
Festival activities will be most enjoyable for adults and older children (11+), but all ages are welcome, and all activities are free of charge. Bathroom facilities, including those that are ADA-accessible, will be available.