Featured Location—Rock Creek Park

The Role of Animals in Natural Communities

Secret Lives of Plants

Explore a Community

Check out the seasonal highlights of this featured natural community at Rock Creek Park.

Which natural communities occur in Rock Creek Park, and where? Build a customized hike, and find natural highlights along the way.
Map Viewer Tutorial

See the World as a Naturalist Does!

Welcome! Interact with this website to learn to identify natural communities—predictable combinations of plants and animals that occur in predictable habitats.
Where to Begin?

Photo credits  Banner Images: Redback salamander – Ben Lowe; Rock Creek Park's historic Boulder Bridge – Tom Paradis; Flowering dogwood – Gary Fleming

Square Images: Mountain laurel – Gary Fleming; Blackburnian warbler – Laura Gooch