Restoring Riverside Meadows, One SONG at a Time
One way the Anacostia Watershed Society cleans the water before it gets to the river is through meadow restoration! Riverside meadows help control flooding and provide a specialized habitat for birds, wildlife, and pollinators like butterflies and bees. It's also a great way to reinforce the natural science curriculum of the watershed's 2nd-4th graders. A long time we gave this program the name, "SONG" which stands for "Saving Our Native Grasslands" and we've been working to maintain over 10 acres of meadows near RFK stadium and in Bladensburg, MD at the confluence of the northeast and northwest branches of the Anacostia River.
This past fall, we worked with over 300 students from Payne Elementary School, Shepherd Elementary School, Moten Elementary School, Robert Brent Elementary School, and Lafayette Elementary School. Students had an enriching experience in the field, helping to collect and sow native seeds, building mason bee houses, and going on a tour of the river to see how their work helps!
Here are the descriptions from some recent Facebook posts, and be sure to flip through the photo gallery to see more!
October 24, 2018
3rd graders from Lafayette Elementary School helped restore our meadow near RFK Stadium. We explored where rainwater goes, how seeds travel, and which animals live nearby. But most importantly, we felt the sunshine on our faces and learned there's a little bit of joy to be found in places that are a little bit wild.
October 31, 2018
Robert Brent Elementary School 4th graders joined us for a FULL DAY adventure to learn about meadows and how they help the #AnacostiaRiver. We boated, we birded, we seeded, we constructed (birdhouses), and we went home happy!