Volunteer in the River Corridor

Images courtesy of Monumental Foundation

Images courtesy of Monumental Foundation

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There are many organizations that run volunteer programs to improve the river and adjacent parks and communities. Learn more about these opportunities below.

Anacostia Watershed Society

AWS 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 their volunteer activities have an educational component and are an opportunity to learn about the watershed.

Anacostia Riverkeeper

The mission of Anacostia Riverkeeper is to protect and restore the Anacostia River for all who live, work, and play in its watershed, and to advocate for a clean river for all its communities. Volunteers can provide assistance to watershed restoration projects, invasive species removal, trash clean up, planting/gardening, and cistern installation.

Alice Ferguson Foundation

AFF volunteers are most known for their help in the Trash Free Potomac Watershed Initiative where volunteers participate in trash cleanups, monitor trash hotspots, and participate in workshops about trash reduction.

Groundwork Anacostia, DC

Groundwork Anacostia utilizes environmental restoration goals as a vehicle for community development. Volunteering opportunities include site specific projects around the Anacostia River, its tributaries, and many other green spaces foster collaboration between volunteers and team of community members.

Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

Volunteers engage in a wide variety of community service activities including the lily pond restoration, removal of invasive plants, painting, planting, pruning, trash removal and other projects, as needed. Volunteers are also needed for large events such as Earth Day and the Lily Festival and Public Lands Day.

National Capital Parks-East

Volunteers-In-Parks (VIPs) are an important part of National Capital Parks-East. Each year we benefit from the efforts of hundreds of VIPs who assist us with a variety of projects and tasks; including garden and trail maintenance, visitor services and interpretation, historic buildings maintenance and preservation, and archival letter transcription.

Living Classrooms

Living Classrooms, on Kingman Island, hosts one of DC's largest music festivals. This highly visible event draws over 13,000 guests to the island and is successful, in large part, to our amazing volunteers. There are a number of opportunities to volunteer at this event for individuals and groups including, but not limited to, roles at the front gate, beer trucks, zero-waste stations, stage support, and clean up.