Anacostia River Discovery Series
We are thrilled to launch the 2019 season of the Anacostia River Discovery Series with many opportunities to get outside and explore with the Anacostia Watershed Society!
Whether you’re a lifetime resident or brand new to the region, there’s always something to discover on the Anacostia River! We will be hosting recreation activities every Thursday evening and the first Saturday of every month from May - October. As part of the Anacostia River Discovery Series, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about the history of the Anacostia River, observe wildlife in their natural habitats, and get out on the water.
New for 2019 - Field Guide-themed events! Get real-life use of our new Beginner's Field Guide to the Plants and Animals of the Anacostia Watershed of the Anacostia Watershed (pdf link) throughout the summer at our special species-themed Discovery Series events. Marked on the schedule below with the species that will be featured, at these events you'll be guided by Anacostia Watershed Society staff on tours that focus on various plants and animals of the watershed like amphibians, mammals, and raptors!
Would you like to receive a special email on the day registration opens for events in June-September? Click here to join our email list and get a special notification when these events go live.
Learn about the natural and cultural history of the Anacostia River on a guided canoe tour as part of the Anacostia River Explorers program. Your guide will lead these one or two hour trips and participants will paddle with the group in Anacostia Watershed Society supplied canoes. You will see area wildlife and stunning views of Washington, DC. Registration is required and limited for these events.
Motorized Boat Tours
Explore the river while riding in one of our open-air motorized boats as part of the Anacostia River Explorers program. Anacostia Watershed Society staff will take participants on a one or two hour tour of the river while discussing natural and cultural history along with restoration efforts. You will experience the joy of being out on the water while observing this beautiful local area. Registration is required and limited for these events.
Nature Hikes and Bike Rides
There's lots of the Anacostia Watershed to see from on land! Enjoy a guided bike ride around the newly connected portions of the Anacostia River Trail, hailed as among the best urban bike trails in the country! On bike rides, Anacostia Watershed Society staff leads the way and helps orient the group for those who are new to the trail system. This year you can also explore the watershed on a guided nature walk! During walks, Anacostia Watershed Society staff share information and history about the Anacostia and the plants and animals that call the watershed home. We'll follow along in our new Beginner's Field Guide to the Plants and Animals of the Anacostia Watershed of the Anacostia Watershed (pdf link). Each guided walk explores a different type of animal and location in the watershed. Registration is required and limited for these events.
Our paddle nights are an opportunity for "open paddle time" on the river. You'll have the opportunity to take out an AWS canoe or kayak independently and explore an area of the river. We provide the boat, paddle, and PFD, while you provide the curiosity to explore the river! Boats are on a first-come first-served basis and registration does not guarantee a boat will be available right when you arrive. Registration is required.
For all events, all participants under the age of 18 must be in a boat with an adult. AWS has personal flotation devices for children of all ages (including infants), but you must bring your own if children under three are attending.
Would you like to receive a special email when registration opens for events in June-September? Click here to join our email list and get a special notification when these events go live.
|Th, 5/2||5:30-7:30pm||Paddle Night||Bladensburg Waterfront Park||Register|
|Sa, 5/4||ALL DAY||Bluegrass Festival Kingman Island Boat Tours||Kingman Island||Hourly tours | More Info|
|Th, 5/9||5:30-7:30pm||Boat tour||Diamond Teague||Waitlist|
|Th, 5/16||5:30-7:30pm||Hike/Amphibians||Kingman Island||Register|
|Th, 5/23||5:30-7:30pm||Bike||Bladensburg Waterfront Park||Register|
|Th, 5/30||5:30-7:30pm||Canoe tour||Kenilworth Park||Waitlist|
|Sa, 6/1||10am-12pm||Boat tour||Diamond Teague||Waitlist|
|Th, 6/6||5:30-7:30pm||Boat tour||11th Street Bridge||Waitlist|
|Th, 6/13||5:30-7:30pm||Canoe tour||Kenilworth Park||Waitlist|
|Th, 6/20||5:30-7:30pm||Bike||Bladensburg Waterfront Park||Register|
|Th, 6/27||5:30-7:30pm||Paddle Night||Bladensburg Waterfront Park||Register|
|Th, 7/4||10am-12pm||Boat tour||Bladensburg Waterfront Park||Waitlist|
|Sa, 7/6||10am-12pm||Paddle Clinic - Paddling for Beginners||AREC||Waitlist|
|Th, 7/11||5:30-7:30pm||Boat tour||Kingman Island||Waitlist|
|Th, 7/18||5:30-7:30pm||Hike/Wetlands||Kenilworth Park||Register|
|Th, 7/25||5:30-7:30pm||Boat tour||11th Street Bridge||Waitlist|
|Th, 8/1||5:30-7:30pm||Paddle Night||Bladensburg Waterfront Park||Register|
|Sa, 8/3||10am-12pm||Canoe tour||Kenilworth Park||Waitlist|
|Th, 8/8||5:30-7:30pm||Boat tour||Kingman Island||Waitlist|
|Th, 8/15||5:30-7:30pm||Boat tour/Raptors||Diamond Teague||Waitlist|
|Sa, 8/17||10am-12pm||Canoe tour||AREC||Waitlist|
|Th, 8/22||5:30-7:30pm||Boat tour||11th Street Bridge||Register|
|Th, 8/29||5:30-7:30pm||Hike/Mammals||Kingman Island||Register|
|Th, 9/5||5:30-7:30pm||Boat tour||Diamond Teague||Register on 7/22|
|Sa, 9/7||TBD||Hike/BioBlitz||TDB||Register on 7/22|
|Th, 9/12||5:30-7:30pm||Paddle night||Bladensburg Waterfront Park||Register on 7/22|
|Th, 9/19||5:30-7:30pm||Boat tour||AREC||Register on 7/22|
|Th, 9/26||5:30-7:30pm||Canoe tour||Kenilworth Park||Register on 7/22|
|Sa, 9/28||TBD||PADDLE/PEDAL PALOZZA||Anacostia Park||Register on 7/22|