• Rock Creek

    Rock Creek

    Park District of Columbia

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  • October 18, 7:00am - 4:00pm: Waterside Drive, NW Closed

    On Saturday, October 18, from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Waterside Drive will be closed from Massachusetts Avenue to Rock Creek Parkway in both directions as well as the alleyway at Waterside Drive and Massachusetts Avenue NW for tree work.

  • October 22, 9:30am to 2:30 pm: Intermitten Beach Drive Closures

    On Wednesday, October 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., there will be intermittent closures on Beach Drive from the Rock Creek Parkway to the Maryland line for line striping.

  • Lane Closure: Rock Creek & Potomac Parkway Southbound in the area of the K Street ramps

    Sept 29 - Nov 30, weekdays, 9:45am - 2:45pm and 9pm - 5am, right southbound (curb) lane closure in the area of the K Street exit ramp to accommdate work on the Whitehurst Freeway bridge over the Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway. More »

  • Evening Lane and Road Closures, Beach Drive

    DC Water crews will be performing sewer inspections on Beach Drive NW from 9:00 pm to 5:30 am through November 28, 2014. This work will require lane and road closures. More »

Planetarium Education

The Nature Center's planetarium provides visitors with the opportunity to view the motion of the stars, constellations, moon, and planets in tonight's night sky. As the only planetarium in the National Park Service, it enables visitors to compare the night sky with urban light pollution to the ideal viewing conditions of the country.

Pre-K-2 The Sky Above Us (1/2 hr) This introductory planetarium show is a shortened version of our "Wonders of the Night Sky" program. It is geared for the youngest of astronomers.

1-3 The Native Americans' Night Sky (1 hr) An exploration of the night sky with an emphasis on Native American legends.

2-4 Wonders of the Night Sky (1 hr) See the night sky from the city and countryside while never leaving your seat. Come on this journey to study stars and the movements of the Earth and Moon. We'll also identify constellations and hear of their stories.

4-6 Our Universe (1 hr) The conceptual science of astronomy is made tangible through the combination of active demonstrations and a planetarium program focusing on our universe. If you would like to schedule a planetarium program for older students, please call the Nature Center and we will tailor a program specifically for your group.

4-6 Searching the Solar System (1 hr) Does life exist outside our planet? Find out if it's possible to live on neighboring planets.

4-8 Night Sky to Freedom (1 hr) Explore how and why African-Americans escaping slavery on the Underground Railroad used the night sky to lead them to freedom.

Did You Know?

The Sun

It takes light 8 minutes and 18 seconds, traveling at 186,000 miles per second to cover the 93 million miles from the sun to the earth. You can learn more amazing astronomy facts at the only planetarium in the NPS in Rock Creek Park. More...