City Nature Challenge and Tree Upkeep at Colmar Manor Park

From 05/01/23 1:00 pm until 05/01/23 3:00 pm
City Nature Challenge and Tree Upkeep at Colmar Manor Park

Note: This event is weather dependent

Description: AWS is excited to participate in the City Nature Challenge 2023 - an international effort to identify and document plant and animal species in our cities.

Explore the riparian forests of the tidal Anacostia River including forested wetlands. This will be a mix of tree maintenance and iNatting. Since 2017 we have been replacing the dead ash trees killed by the invasive Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) with native species not affected by the pest. It is an amazing place to observe wetland and aquatic biodiversity.

Meetup location: Colmar Manor Park, Colmar Manor Maryland, near the DC/MD line. From Bladensburg Road in Colmar Manor, turn south onto 37th Ave., between the IHOP and the Ft. Lincoln Cemetery. Take your first right into the park and follow the road past the first soccer fields until you are able to make a right turn towards the baseball fields. Once you turn right, you will turn left into the parking lot by the baseball fields.

Physical Level of Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

  • This event will involve hiking through hilly terrain, lifting, and bending. Participants will be expected to wear closed-toed shoes and facemasks for the duration of the event. If you think any of the physical requirements will be problematic, please let us know.

Registration is required.

For more information, contact Jorge Bogantes Montero at [email protected] 


Participant Requirements for Volunteer and Recreational Events:

Note: Protocols and requirements are subject to change based on state, local, and federal guidance and/or our own organizational determinations. 

1. COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements:The Anacostia Watershed Society requires that all participants who are eligible for the COVID-19 Vaccine be fully vaccinated per the CDC guidelines and attest to being fully vaccinated in order to participate in any of our events. AWS also highly recommends that all participants be up-to-date on booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine when eligible. Please see additional requirements listed in the below sections.

2. Self-Monitoring: All AWS event and worksite participants are required to:

  • Complete our Event Waiver Form and our COVID-19 screening questionnaire prior to participation. 
  • If you have not been fully vaccinated and are eligible to receive the vaccination (i.e. 6 months or older), please do not come to the event.
  • If you are sick or exhibiting symptoms associated with COVID-19 (such as fever, chills, cough, sore throat, difficulty breathing, loss of taste or smell, etc.), do not come to the event.
  • If you are able to attend the event and become ill within one week of participating in the event, please report this to [email protected] (our Human Resources email address).  We will keep your identity confidential, but want to notify those who may have been exposed.

3. Masks:

  • AWS does not require masks indoors or outdoors for event/worksite participants.  Wearing a mask indoors or outdoors during AWS programing is an individual’s choice that is to be respected and supported. 
  • In addition, wearing a mask is optional for all AWS employees and representatives, except when required or requested by program participants or while conducting AWS business at other locations (e.g. schools) that require/request masking. 
  • There may come a time when we see a spike in COVID-19 infections and masks could become required again.

4. ReservationsPre-registration is encouraged and may be required via AWS’s website ( All registrations require each participant to complete our Event Waiver Form and our COVID-19 screening questionnaire prior to participation.


Registration is required

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