River Homecoming

Annual Campaign and Anacostia Hero Awards in September
River Homecoming
Annual Campaign and Anacostia Hero Awards in September
Uniting Anacostia River Communities

At our signature celebration event, the river community – our members, sponsors, and partners – comes together to celebrate the rebounding health and vitality of the Anacostia River. This year, we salute the foresight of those who imagined what the Anacostia could be and who perservered toward their vision, and we honor Heroes of today who are carrying that vision into the future.

Are you a corporate group seeking to sponsor the River Homecoming?  Please click here for our benefits package, and you can contact Kaila Cantens, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 301-699-6204 x111.

Honoring River Heroes

Our signature event honors local River Heroes who work every day in their communities toward our shared goal of a swimmable and fishable Anacostia River for all to enjoy. These inspiring individuals were nominated by their friends, colleagues, and neighbors for putting forth extraordinary effort to protect and restore the Anacostia River.

The River Hero categories are:

  • Anacostia River Next Generation Hero: Awarded to a high school or college student who promotes awareness of river restoration and inspires action to protect the Anacostia River.
  • Anacostia River Civic Spirit Hero: Awarded to a community member who volunteers their time to improve the health of their local community and streams.
  • Anacostia River Educator of the Year: Awarded to an educator working in DC or Maryland who is committed to engaging their students in meaningful outdoor learning and creating future environmental stewards. 

Congratulations to our 2023 Anacostia River heroes!

  • Hazel Wartchow - 2023 Anacostia River Next Generation Hero
  • Marina Gutierrez - 2023 Anacostia River Educator of the Year
  • Leonina Arismendi - 2023 Anacostia River Civic Spirit Hero
  • Lora Nunn - 2023 Anacostia River Civic Spirit Hero


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