Anacostia River Discovery Series

Free summer fun, all summer long
Anacostia River Discovery Series
Free summer fun, all summer long
Join us on the river

We are thrilled to launch the 2018 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.

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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. 

Bike Rides and Wetland Walks

There's lots of the Anacostia Watershed to see from on land! Come and enjoy a full bike ride around the newly connected portions of the Anacostia River Trail, hailed as among the best urban bike trails in the country! During our wetland walks you'll be guided on paths along the river by Anacostia Watershed Society scientists who will share information and history surrounding the river, with a particular focus on wetlands. With each one you can see plants and learn about their relationships with the birds and small mammals that thrive along the Anacostia River corridor. Registration is required and limited for these events.

Paddle Nights

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 over three, but you must bring your own if children under three are attending.

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

Summer 2018 Schedule

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DateTimeEvent TypeLocationRegister
Th, May 3 5:30-7:30 Boat Tour 11th Street Bridge Register
Sa, 5/5 10am-12pm Canoe Tour Bladensburg Waterfront Park Register
Th, 5/10 5:30-7:30pm Canoe Tour Bladensburg Waterfront Park Register
Th, 5/17 5:30-7:30pm Boat Tour Diamond Teague Register
Th, 5/24 5:30-7:30pm Paddle Night (open paddle) Bladensburg Waterfront Park Register
Th, 5/31 5:30-7:30pm Bike Trip Anacostia Park Register
Sa, 6/2 10am-12pm Boat tour Kingman Island Register
Th, 6/7 6 - 8 pm Wetland Walk Kingman Island Register
Th, 6/14 5:30-7:30pm Boat Tour Diamond Teague Register
Th, 6/21 5:30-7:30pm Paddle Night (open paddle) 11th St Bridge Register
Th, 6/28 5:30-7:30pm Wetland Walk Bladensburg Waterfront Park Register
Th, 7/5 5:30-7:30pm Boat Tour 11th St Bridge Register
Sa, 7/7 10am-12pm Boat Tour Diamond Teague Register
Th, 7/12 5:30-7:30pm Canoe Tour Kenilworth Register
Th, 7/19 5:30-7:30pm Boat Tour Diamond Teague Register
Th, 7/26 5:30-7:30pm Paddle Night (open paddle) Bladensburg Waterfront Park Register
Th, 8/2 5:30-7:30pm Boat Tour 11th st bridge Opens July 23
Sa, 8/4 10am-12pm Boat Tour Diamond Teague Opens July 23
Th, 8/9 5:30-7:30pm Canoe Tour Kenilworth Opens July 23
Th, 8/16 5:30-6:30pm 1 hour Boat Tour Anacostia Park Opens July 23
Th, 8/16 6:30-7:30pm 1 hour Boat Tour Anacostia Park Opens July 23
Th, 8/23 5:30-7:30pm Paddle Night (open paddle) Bladensburg Waterfront Park Opens July 23
Th, 8/30 5:30-7:30pm Bike Trip 11th St Bridge Opens July 23
Th, 9/6 5:30-7:30pm Canoe Tour Anacostia Park Opens Aug 20
Th, 9/13 5:30-7:30pm Boat Tour Diamond Teague Opens Aug 20
Th, 9/20 5:30-7:30pm Wetland Walk Bladensburg Waterfront Park Opens Aug 20
Th, 9/27 5pm-7 pm Boat Tour 11th St bridge Opens Aug 20
Sa, 9/29 8:30 am - 3 pm PADDLE/PEDAL PALOZZA Anacostia Park More info coming soon
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