Mussel May - Meet the Mussels Open House

From 05/06/23 2:00 pm until 05/06/23 5:00 pm
Mussel May - Meet the Mussels Open House

Meet the Anacostia River's freshwater mussels! We are inviting all residents of the Anacostia Watershed to come on out to the riverside at Buzzard Point to get up close and personal with these filtering marvels!  The Anacostia Watershed Society's Mussel Power program has been steadily restoring river's mussels to healthier levels, and this is your chance to come and learn more!  You can join volunteers as they scout for mussels on the riverbanks, see a live filtering demonstration, and learn more about these fascinating critters from AWS staff.

We are delighted to be joined by scuba divers from One Ocean Scuba who will be helping us perform an in-depth survey of the thriving mussel population at this part of the Anacostia River.

Getting there: There is very limited parking in this area (plus it's a game day for soccer) so we strongly recommend biking or taking metro to come to Buzzard Point

Looking for more mussel-themed events?  Check out our full Mussel May schedule.


Participant Requirements for Volunteer and Recreational Events:

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

1. COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements:

  • For those 5 years and older: Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), everyone 5 years of age and older is now eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccination. 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 requires 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.
  • For those under 5 years old: We welcome those who are under age 5 and are not yet eligible for the vaccines to participate in our events, but they must follow the below additional requirements, including being masked for the duration of the event.

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. 5 years or older), please do not come to the event.
  • If you are fully vaccinated, but are not up-to-date on your booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, please do not come to the event.
  • If you are sick or exhibiting symptoms associated with COVD-19 (such as fever, chills, cough, sore throat, difficulty breathing, loss of taste or smell, etc.), do not come to the event.
  • If you have had any close contact with or cared for someone diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 10 days, (even if you are fully vaccinated or have been tested), 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 the [email protected] (our Human Resources email address). We will keep your identity confidential.

3. Masks: Eligible participants (i.e. those meeting AWS's COVID-19 requirements--see above) are not required to wear a mask for outdoor events. No indoor events are taking place at this time.

4. Reservations: Pre-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.


For more information before the event, please contact Emily Castelli at [email protected] or call 301-699-6204 x103.

Registration is required

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