AWS public policy and advocacy programs engage residents of local communities, government agencies, elected officials and other stakeholders in activities aimed at producing positive changes in the way environmental issues are addressed throughout the Anacostia River Watershed.



AWS education programs teach environmental issues and concepts while engaging students of all ages in practical, hands-on stewardship activities. Offerings include science programming for students in grades K through 12, training for education professionals, and presentations for adult learners.



AWS stewardship programs engage a wide variety individuals and groups in hands-on activities aimed at restoring the health and well-being of the Anacostia River, its tributary streams and creeks, and all of the communities located with the Anacostia’s watershed.


Canoe, kayak, bike, and hike along the Anacostia River and its tributary creeks and streams! AWS encourages everyone to take advantage of recreational opportunities along the river and at parks throughout the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.




We offer a variety of volunteer opportunities that will engage your hands, your head, and your heart in the protection and restoration of our local lands and water.

Upcoming Events

block party

REI Block Party

Friday - Sunday

Oct 21 - 23

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Equipment Donations
We are always in need of new canoes, paddles, kayaks, life vests, wet bags, and other items for our outdoor programs. If you have any extras, please contact us about making a donation. learn more