Saturday Environmental Academy LogoSaturday Environmental Academy

In the spring of 2014, the Anacostia Watershed Society acquired the Saturday Environmental Academy who offers FREE outdoor educational opportunities for 7th and 8th graders who live in the Anacostia River watershed. Through this unique, fun, educational experience, students learn about their river—its history, health, and ecology—while developing their skills in team building, critical thinking, and scientific investigation. Learn More

Watershed Stewards Academy

The Watershed Stewards Academy (WSA) is a 15 class course aimed at developing insight and skills in community leaders to help raise awareness and address watershed issues. Consider applying to WSA to expand your activism and deepen your knowledge base about the environment. Learn More


Rice Rangers

The Rice Rangers program equips teachers with training, lessons, and materials necessary to empower students to grow native wetland plants from seed in the classroom and transplant into tidal marshes.  It also provides students with a service learning opportunity to increase filtering capacity and habitat in the rivers that flow into the Anacostia River and Chesapeake Bay. Learn More

RiverSmart Schools

The RiverSmart schools program is a collaborative effort between the Anacostia Watershed Society and the District Department of the Environment (DDOE). This schoolyard greening program focuses on both creating green space on school grounds while also connecting teachers and students to that green space, and the Anacostia Watershed as a whole. Learn More

River Habitat

The River Habitat program teaches elementary school students about animal adaptation and habit requirements using the Anacostia River Watershed as a living instructional aide. The three-part service learning curriculum presents a course of classroom activities, field study, and community service that engages students in exploring links between school and community; as well as, some of the real-life applications of science. Learn More

Watershed Explorers

The Watershed Explorers program provides middle and high School students with an opportunity to enhance their understanding of the links between ecological and human communities. The three-part, service learning curriculum uses classroom activities, field study, and community service offers a meaningful, well-integrated experience with environmental science and the Anacostia watershed. Learn More

Teacher Training

AWS Teacher Training workshops provide professional development opportunities to educators in the DC metro area school systems. Completion of a workshop certifies instructors to the national ProjectWET curriculum and fulfills professional development/continuing education requirements for teachers in Maryland and DC. Learn More

Shad / Herring Awareness & Restoration Effort

The SHARE program is a partnership between AWS and Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region and provides an opportunity for students and teachers throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area to turn their classrooms into working fish hatcheries during the months of April and May. Learn More

Upcoming Events

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Vote for the Outdoors Award Party

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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

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If you are interested in involving your students in this exciting project, please contact us for additional information.