May kindly stars guard the dreams
born beneath the spreading branches of Dumbarton Oaks.
Dedicated to the friendship of Beatrix Farrand
And to succeeding generations of seekers after Truth.
Inscription composed by Mildred Bliss, June 19, 1933
A Brief Message from our President
Dear Friends of the Park,
Our annual fall papering has commenced under the kindly stars guarding the dreams of our young Conservancy! Please don’t be surprised to find a letter from us in your mailbox. This yearly appeal is one of our biggest sources of funding, and ensures that we can continue to restore the wonderful treasure that is Dumbarton Oaks Park. If you missed our first call, there’s still time to give before the year is through. We are grateful to you for your generosity.
With sincere thanks,
Environmental Education Updates
Youth enjoyed a gorgeous and festive fall season in the Park. Our young environmentalists at Jelleff Boys and Girls Club continued their adventures each week. We expanded our Landscape By Design Program to include 4th graders from E.L Haynes and Noyes Education Campus. Landscape By Design is a partnership program with Rock Creek Park and National Park Foundation modeled after the Good Neighbor program in Boston where 4th graders learn about the art of landscape architecture through hands-on learning experiences at Dumbarton Oaks Gardens and Dumbarton Oaks Park. Students from Sidwell Friends, George Washington University, and Holton Arms joined us for service projects, which now include group-facilitation activities and conversations. Together, we discussed the importance of service, National Parks, preserving land, and recent events including the Dakota Pipeline. We also began our partnership and friendship with the local non-profit Green Muslims during a collaborative Climate Change Mitigation Program in the Park.
Restoration of our Fifth and Final Meadow has Begun
Restoration of our fifth meadow has begun! Help us fund these efforts to restore native habitat, and bring back Beatrix Farrand’s original design. Meadow #5 is the last of the Park’s warm-season grass meadows to undergo restoration, part of a multi-year effort begun in 2011, shortly after the Conservancy’s founding. At the time, the meadows had been badly encroached upon, both by the woodland edge, which had originally served as a border to the landscape, and by invasive plants and vines. Learn more.
Casey Trees and Volunteers Partner with DOPC to Plant 150 Trees
Casey Trees has done it again! The restoration of the Upper Stream Valley continued on Saturday, November 12th, with the planting of 150 trees and shrubs along the Safeway slope. The event was made possible with the help of nearly 100 volunteers who showed up bright and early to help despite the fall chill. After a brief safety talk and introduction by Casey Trees, volunteers spread out across the site, scaling the steep slope behind the Social Safeway. Teams worked quickly, planting all 150 trees in less than three hours. Learn more.
Haunted Hike Recap
Read if you Dare…
This fall was our third year running our Haunted Hike in partnership with Rock Creek Park and Jelleff Boys and Girls Club. Each Halloween, Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy transforms the Park into a magical and spooky landscape filled with ghosts, skeletons, spiders, and more. This year volunteer tour guides led youth and families from the Whitehaven West trail entrance on an eerie hike: participants learned more about the Park during spooky encounters with several historical figures, including the ghosts of Robert and Mildred Bliss, and Beatrix Farrand. Learn more.
MJ’s Eco Corner: What’s in Bloom?
Common Boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum)
As you wander through the park during the early fall season you will notice white clusters of flowers throughout the landscape; by the stream path, along the meadows, in the woodlands, and besides the trails. Although it is widely spread and seemingly ordinary, this native wildflower has been essential in the past and will be again in the near future.
Common boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum) is a perennial plant. It can be identified by its noticeably tiny, white flowers arranged in fuzzy clusters that bloom from June to October. It can grow up to four-feet tall with hairy leaves that grow opposite from one another, and are united at the stem. Each leaf is sharply pointed with finely-toothed edges. It adapts to either sunny or shady conditions in moist to wet soil, making Dumbarton Oaks Park a perfect home. Learn more.
Sunday, January 8th, 9am-1pm
Monday, January 16th (MLK Day), 9am-1pm
Saturday, February 11th, 9am-1pm
Sunday, February 26th, 9am-1pm
Upcoming Volunteer Days
During these public, open-to-all volunteer events, you’ll assist in the restoration of Dumbarton Oaks Park by removing invasive, non-native plant species from the Park landscape and planting native species. Learn more.
Help us reach our Centennial Challenge Grant Campaign Goal of $320,000
to Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy
Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy is pleased to announce acceptance to the 2015/16 Catalogue for Philanthropy!
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