Youth Programs

 

Field Trip Opportunities


Program:
Bridging the Watershed

Organization:
Alice Ferguson Foundation

Bridging the Watershed is a program offered to middle and high school students, which provides field studies for a one-day field research program in 16 different national parks in the D.C. region. Teachers are able to select from a series of modules about environmental stewardship, as well as which national park their students will go to. This is program available to teachers and student throughout the school year.
 


Program:
Hard Bargain Farm

Organization: 
Alice Ferguson Foundation

Hard Bargain Farm offers an overnight education program designed to promote understanding and stewardship of the natural resources along the Potomac River watershed, and the legacy of farming in southern Maryland. This program works to bring every 5th grade student in the District to one of 3 different overnight programs that it runs. These overnight trips take place throughout the school year, over the course of 3 days and 2 nights. 


In the Classroom


Program:
Rice Rangers 

Organization:
Anacostia Watershed Society

Rice Rangers connects students to the Anacostia River by bringing the River to them. Students grow wetland plants from seeds in their class rooms, and then plant them along the Anacostia River. These plantings take place mainly at Kingman and Kenilworth Island. The goal is to have students recognize the effects of human activities on the watershed. Plantings take place during the spring of the school year.


Program:
The Shad/Herring Restoration and Awareness Effort (SHARE)

Organization:
Anacostia Watershed Society

The Shad/Herring Restoration and Awareness Effort, or SHARE, is a program which allows students to harvest and raise shad and herring eggs in their classrooms, until they hatch into fry, and then release them back into the Anacostia River. The release takes place during the spring year.


Program: 
Saving Our Native Grasslands (SONG)

Organization:
Anacostia Watershed Society

Saving Our Native Grasslands (SONG) is a program offered by the Anacostia Waterfront Society, that works in partnership with DCPS’s Cornerstone Initiative. It is a 3-part program throughout the school year where students plant seeds and maintain bee houses.
 


Program: 
Caring For Our Watershed

Organization:
Earth Force and the DC Department of Energy and Environment

Earth Force is a non-profit organization focused on developing young people with the knowledge, skills, and motivation to solve tough environmental problems. Using the Earth Force's Community Action and Problem Solving process, students develop an action project based around local watershed health for submission to Agrium's Caring For Our Watersheds competition. This culminates in the Anacostia Youth Environmental Summit where students present their projects, are judged, and awarded money to implement their projects. The program is open to Grade 6-10 classrooms who attend school in the city of Washington, DC.


After School / Weekend Programs


Program:
Saturday Environmental Academy

Organization:
Anacostia Watershed Society

The Saturday Environmental Academy (SEA) provides free environmental education programs – one in the fall and one in the spring – that engage middle school students in hands-on outdoor opportunities. Students participate in lessons at various places throughout the D.C. metropolitan region that connect with a semester theme. The programs run for up to 10 weeks, and participants meet every Saturday from 8:45 AM - 1:00 PM, except for one overnight trip which returns  Sunday afternoon.


Program:
Naturefest

Organizations:
Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative, National Park Service

NatureFest is a program designed to foster a since of ownership of public land within a community, awareness about the Anacostia Watershed and larger Chesapeake Bay Watershed, outdoor education, and environmental stewardship. Programming is offered to elementary students who live and/or go to school within the Kenilworth, Parkside, Mayfair, and Paradise neighborhoods. Formerly a week-long spring break program, NatureFest now offers seasonal week-long camps throughout the year.

 

 


Program:
DC Community Crew Program

Organization:
Student Conservation Association

The Student Conservation Association has year-round programming for high school students throughout the D.C. area interested in getting involved in hands-on conservation work.  The school-year program is targeted at students seeking to gain community service hours. Students volunteer one weekend per month at a number of parks in the region, and participate in a once monthly curriculum meeting after school. The summer job program is for students looking for a longer term commitment and to gain professional development skills. Student work for 5 weeks doing trail work throughout parks in the DC area. The 6th and final week of the program is a camping recreation trip.


Summer Programs


Program:
DC Urban Treehouse

Organization:
Student Conservation Association

D.C. Urban Treehouse, located in Anacostia Park, is a Student Conservation Association summer program that provides free environmental education programs for D.C. youth. Participants select the activities they will complete each day, including lessons on pollution, investigating insect life, and learning about tree identification to name a few.