Upcoming Discovery Series Recreation Events

Free summer fun, all summer long
Upcoming Discovery Series Recreation Events
Free summer fun, all summer long
Join us on the river

We are thrilled to launch the 2021 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 some Saturdays 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.

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Canoe Tours

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. 

For all events, all participants under the age of 18 must be in a boat with an adult. Canoe tours are limited to 14 people, and 10 people for motorized boat tours, with a limit of 4 people per registration.  Participants must arrive wearing a face mask. AWS has personal flotation devices for children of all ages (including infants).

If you have a group of five or more and are interested in participating, or if you have any additional questions please contact Emily Conrad at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Summer 2021 Schedule

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.

DateTimeEvent TypeLocationRegister
Th, 5/13 6-8 PM Anacostia Park Boat Tour Register
Th, 5/20 6-8 PM Bladensburg Waterfront Park Boat Tour Register
Th, 5/27 6-8 PM 11th Street Bridge Park Boat Tour Register for Waitlist
Th, 6/3 5:30-6:30 Bladensburg Waterfront Park Boat Tour Register for Waitlist
Th, 6/3 7-8 PM Bladensburg Waterfront Park Boat Tour Register for Waitlist
Th, 6/10 6-8 PM 11th Street Bridge Park Boat Tour Register for Waitlist
Th, 6/17 6-8 PM Bladensburg Waterfront Park Boat Tour Register for Waitlist
Th, 6/24 6-8 PM UPDATED: Bladensburg Waterfront Park Canoe Tour Register for Waitlist
Sa, 6/26 10-12 PM Kenilworth Park Canoe Tour Register for Waitlist
Th, 7/1 6-7 PM Anacostia Park Boat Tour Register for Waitlist
Th, 7/1 7:30-8:30 Anacostia Park Boat Tour Register for Waitlist
Th, 7/8 6-8 PM Anacostia Park Canoe Tour Register for Waitlist
Th, 7/15 6-7 PM Bladensburg Waterfront Park Boat Tour Register
Th, 7/15 7:30-8:30 Bladensburg Waterfront Park Boat Tour Register
Th, 7/22 6-8 PM Bladensburg Waterfront Park Canoe Tour Register for Waitlist
Th, 7/29 6-8 PM 11th Street Bridge Park Boat Tour Register for Waitlist
Sa, 7/31 10-11 AM Anacostia Park Boat Tour Register for Waitlist
Sa, 7/31 11:30-12:30 Anacostia Park Boat Tour Register for Waitlist
Th, 8/5 6-8 PM Bladensburg Waterfront Park Canoe Tour Register for Waitlist
Th, 8/12 5:30-7:30 Anacostia Park Boat Tour Register for Waitlist
Th, 8/19 5:30-7:30 Bladensburg Waterfront Park Boat Tour Register for Waitlist
Sa, 8/21 10-12 PM 11th Street Bridge Park Boat Tour Register for Waitlist
Th, 8/26 5:30-7:30 11th Street Bridge Park Boat Tour Register for Waitlist
Th, 9/2 5:30-7:30 Kenilworth Park Canoe Tour Register for Waitlist
Th, 9/9 5:30-7:30 Anacostia Park Boat Tour Register
Sa, 9/11 10-12 PM 11th Street Bridge Park Canoe Tour Register
Th, 9/16 6-7 PM Bladensburg Waterfront Park Boat Tour Register for Waitlist
Th, 9/23 6-7 PM 11th Street Bridge Park Boat Tour Register for Waitlist
Th, 9/30 6-7 PM Bladensburg Waterfront Park Boat Tour Register for Waitlist
Tu, 10/12 5:30-6:30 PM Bladensburg Waterfront Park Boat Tour Register
Th, 10/14 5:30-6:30 PM Anacostia Park Boat Tour Register
M, 10/18 2-4 PM Bladensburg Waterfront Park Boat Tour Register
Fr, 10/22 9-11 AM Bladensburg Waterfront Park Boat Tour Register
Sun, 10/24 10-12 PM Bladensburg Waterfront Park Boat Tour Register for Waitlist
W, 10/27 5-6 PM Bladensburg Waterfront Park Boat Tour Register
Sa, 10/30 10-11 AM Anacostia Park Boat Tour Register
Sa, 10/30 11:30-12:30 PM Anacostia Park Boat Tour Register
Th, 11/4 5-6 PM Bladensburg Waterfront Park Boat Tour Register
Sa, 11/6 11-12 PM Anacostia Park Boat Tour Register for Waitlist
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