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Rock Creek Park

Ecologists recognize eight distinct natural communities that you can find along the trails at Rock Creek Park—some in the hills, some in the valleys. What parts of the landscape does each inhabit, and why? Explore each one below.

Or, compare communities of Rock Creek Park side-by-side.

Sometimes the vegetation you see in Rock Creek Park will not look like any of the natural communities described above. Perhaps you are in a semi-natural community, a not-so-natural community, or a transition between communities. Find out more! Ecobit: Natural Community Misfits

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