Anacostia Watershed Blog

DC Teacher's Night at the US Botanic Garden

Last night the Anacostia Watershed Society took part in an exciting evening of networking among teachers and environmental education providers at DC Teacher’s Night.  The event, hosted by the United States Botanic Garden and the DC Environmental Education Consortium, is an opportunity for DC teachers to learn about all of the environmental education opportunities available in the District of Columbia.  Last night’s event consisted of 40 different exhibitors and attracted more than 200 teachers.  The event was a big success and we are hoping to engage many of the teachers and their students in the coming year!  For more information about our education programs, contact Lee Cain at

Spellman Elementary Oak Tree Project

Students at Spellman Elementary School in Cheverly, Md. recently spent a day with the AWS Educators helping to save a large oak tree that sits just behind their school.

The tree was surrounded by a plastic weed cover that was impervious and prevented the rain water from soaking into the ground. As a result, whenever it rained, water would pool near the foundation of the school and create large puddles on the sidewalks. Together, AWS and the Spellman community decided to solve this problem.

Students from a variety of grade levels came out to help remove the impervious plastic and replace it with a pervious ground cover that will allow water to reach the roots of the tree while still limiting excessive weed growth.

AWS Working to Promote Environmental Literacy in DC

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AWS has been working with several other agencies and environmental education providers to help develop an Environmental Literacy Plan for the District of Columbia. This plan will help to incorporate environmental education into the curriculum by focusing on content standards, achievement, professional development, assessment and implementation.

AWS Educator Ariel Trahan recently discussed the plan on WAMU 88.5; listen to the story here.