Did you know that Rock Creek Park regularly offers all kinds of ranger-led programs and activities for children on the weekends? There are hikes, classes to learn about animals, planetarium shows, horseback rides, arts & crafts, nature tours, and more. On any given weekend and select dates during the week, there’s something going on to bring kids closer to nature.
This weekend alone kids can discover the many owl species at Rock Creek, explore the universe at the planetarium, and horse around with rangers at the stables. And if your family can’t accommodate the ranger-led schedule, explore the park on your own. Tramp or bike the many trails, visit the nature center, pop in at the horse center.
The folks at the stables are very gracious about letting guests walk through to check out the equine residents. And through the end of the month, kids can still catch 10-15 minute pony rides during the week (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 3 – 3:30pm) and on weekends (Saturday & Sunday 1 – 3:30pm). Horse center staff lead pony and rider through the woods — an easy trip, but one that feels adventurous to a little saddler. Rides cost $20, and all pony riders must be at least 30″ tall and 2.5 years old. Call for reservations: 202.362.0117.
Aside from the pony rides, the programs at Rock Creek are free, including the planetarium shows (pick up free tickets at the Nature Center info desk). For a schedule of ranger-led activities and age recommendations, visit the Rock Creek Park website.