School-based Programs

Bringing the Anacostia River to the Classroom
School-based Programs
Bringing the Anacostia River to the Classroom
Meaningful Environmental Education

The Anacostia Watershed Society engages K-12 students from Maryland and D.C. in comprehensive learning programs that benefit the Anacostia River and its watershed communities.  

Students and teachers participate in watershed education lessons, field experiences on the river, and hands-on restoration activities, such as: wetland plant propagation, native meadow seed collection, tree plantings, schoolyard greening projects, and the restoration of native fish and mussel populations.

Students also exercise creative skills by participating in design competitions, such as the Mussel Comic Competition and the Mussel T-Shirt Design Competition. Check out the winning entry of 2024 PGCPS Mussel Comic Competition winner, Kierra Dubose from Laurel High School.

These programs help youth develop and deepen their academic skills by integrating classroom education with real-world experiences.  Through our programs, students are actively involved in positive solutions to local issues.

The Anacostia Watershed Society is committed to providing meaningful hands-on opportunities to youth in underserved communities. Since many schools in the region struggle to incorporate environmental and experiential education into their curriculum, we work with teachers to ensure that the program content and overall message is relevant to the students and the communities in which they live.

Our school-based education programs are aligned with Next Generation Science Standards.

If you are interested in learning more about any of the following programs, contact our Director of Education and Outreach, Kendra Bierman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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