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Volunteer
Give Your Time to the Anacostia River
Volunteer Opportunities

Important Coronavirus update: The Anacostia Watershed Society is committed to doing our part to stop the spread of coronavirus. Given the most recent updates and recommendations, we have decided to cancel or postpone all in-person events between now and May 31st. We will continue to monitor the situation, and act accordingly.

We know our volunteers are passionate about taking action for their favorite neighborhood waterway, so here are five things you can do right now for the Anacostia River:

1. Earth Day Everyday - There's no reason for Earth Day values to be celebrated just once a year! When you are out for your short walk in your neighborhood, take a trash bag and safely cleanup any litter or debris you might find.  Take a picture and send it to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or tag it with #AWSEarthDay or #AnacostiaRiverStrong on social media and you may be featured in our weekly roundup in our general eblast and our blog.

2. Speaking of #AnacostiaRiverStrong...  You can join our campaign to be inspired by the Anacostia River's resiliency!  Post up your pictures of the simple beauty and symbols of hope you see in your neighborhood, and you can be part of a movement to show the region what it means to be #AnacostiaRiverStrong!  If you're not on social media, you can send it to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Do you want to share a story of how the Anacostia River is encouraging you right now?  Our inbox is open! 

3. Nourish the work of the Anacostia Watershed Society - With so much local and federal funding going to support the fight against the COVID-19, here at AWS we will be relying on the community's commitment for a cleaner Anacostia River more than ever. If you can, we hope you consider becoming a monthly donor to help sustain our mission in these uncertain times.

4. Maps, Trails, and Virtual Tours! If you haven't had the chance, you should check out the resources on our website to learn more about the trail near you!  You can see the Anacostia River Trail map, our entire watershed map, and a map of all the bike trails on the Capitol Trails Network map. If you're staying at home, you can always take a virtual tour of some of the trails of Anacostia River.

5. Learn about the species in your own backyard with the Field Guide - While nature is awaking from its winter slumber around you, you can use our Beginner's Field Guide to the Plants and Animals of the Anacostia Watershed to familiarize yourself with the more common plants and animals you find in your backyard.  We recommend taking a page a day and seeing how many species you can identify with it!

Volunteers are integral to restoring the Anacostia River. It is thanks to the work of the hundreds of thousands of Anacostia Watershed Society volunteers through the years that the river has improved. Our volunteers restore wetlands, plant native plants, collect seeds, and help with many other projects - often times pieces of larger plans that make a big impact on the river. All of our volunteer activities have an educational component and are an opportunity to learn about the watershed.

We have several ways that you can get involved:

Volunteer as an Individual or with a Small Group

If you would like to volunteer as an individual or with a group of fewer than eight participants, please check out events listed on our event calendar.

Volunteer with a Large Group

If you have a group greater than eight participants and would like to volunteer as a group, please fill out our Volunteer Group Information Sheet by clicking here. We will follow-up with you and try to find an event that suits your needs.

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