Anacostia Watershed Blog

AWS Featured in the Catalogue for Philanthropy . . . What an Honor!

This year, the Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS) has been listed as one of the greater Washington, DC area’s best small non-profits by the Catalogue for Philanthropy.

 

Compiled and printed yearly, the Catalogue has been awarding local charities their seal of approval since 2003. Catalogue staff and reviewers from foundations, corporate giving programs, and other notable places do significant and rigorous research on various small and local non-profits. From a pool of over 250 applicants each year, they choose roughly 70 that are truly exemplary in their impact. Their choices are then compiled into an easily accessible guide, making your choice of giving simple!

AWS has been a member of the Catalogue family since 2006, and has been featured in the print catalogue three times, including the most current 2012-2013 version.

Building a Trail -- AWS Says Thanks!!

This past Wednesday (the day before Thanksgiving), scout Taylor LaChance joined us to complete her Venturing Ranger Award.

Venturing is a program of the Boy Scouts of America that engages youth (both young men and young women) between the ages of 14 and 21. The Ranger Award is very similar to the Eagle Scout Award for those who are familiar. More info about venturing can be found by clicking here.

To recieve the award, scouts must complete a project in their communities. Taylor, a long-time resident in the area, approached us about completing her project with AWS. We were delighted.

For the last two years, AWS has been working to restore a fringe wetland along the Anacostia River, adjacent to the Fort Lincoln Cemetery. In order to access the wetland area, we have had to navigate through a thick patch of woods along the east side of the cemetery. This has not been easy, particularly in the heat of the summer with large groups and lots of supplies!

New Opportunities with AWS

As a busy fall winds down at the Anacostia Watershed Society, we are looking ahead toward an exciting new year!

Beginning this winter, AWS will recruit and train individuals like you to help us lead our recreation, education, and restoration events.  

These longer-term volunteer opportunities are the first of its kind for AWS! We are very excited have the opportunity to work with dedicated community members who wish to be a part of our effort to engage and educate the public in the protection and restoration of the Anacostia River.

A Leafy Way to Spend a Saturday

This past Saturday, more than 70 volunteers of all ages joined AWS staff and interns to plant trees on the hillside surrounding the Bladensburg Wetlands!

Many thanks to the wonderful volunteers pictured below, as well the others who have joined us in the last two weeks! As a direct result of their hard work, we have planted more than 100 of the 900 trees planned for this location.  

We still need your help! Tree plantings with AWS are scheduled for every Saturday in April! Click here to visit the calendar to sign up, or call our Volunteer Coordinator at 301-699-6204 ext. 109. 

See you there!


Austin (AWS intern) helps two volunteers break up soil that has been compacted over the years, giving roots room to grow!

First Volunteer Event of 2012!

AWS' volunteering and stewardship programs welcomed the new year on a beautiful, unseasonably warm Thursday this past week! Membership and Volunteer Coordinator (Maddie) and VolunteerMaryland Coordinator (Heather) worked with a group of volunteers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture at Riverside Neighborhood Park near Riverdale Park and Edmonston, MD.

Twenty-five volunteers worked hard to remove trash and non-native plants from the park and small surrounding stream, located right along the Northeast Branch of the Anacostia River. Nearby is also the Northeast Branch Trail, which can take you all the way from Beltsville to Bladensburg and beyond!


(Volunteer in action)