Introduction to Trauma Informed Engagement and the Anacostia River
Sep
17
10:00 AM10:00

Introduction to Trauma Informed Engagement and the Anacostia River

  • Anacostia High School - Library (map)
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Capacity Building Workshop Series: Meaningful Engagement in Anacostia Park

This workshop will feature an introduction to trauma-informed community engagement led by experts from the National Council for Behavioral Health.

Lunch will be provided.

Many residents of the Anacostia Watershed have experienced trauma or experience it on a regular basis. Trauma-informed engagement is an approach to relationship building that recognizes that residents of low-income communities live with daily stressors of violence and poverty that stem from historic and structural conditions of racism and disenfranchisement. The practice calls for programs and practices that addresses these traumas so that they can generate viable and sustainable community change (Urban Institute).

Participating in this free training will help your organization improve the quality and impact of your services, increase participation in programs, enhance engagement, and avoid staff burnout and turnover. Participants will build their capacity to engage with communities that have the most to gain from the many valuable benefits that parks, programming and being outdoors can provide.

This event will also feature time to network with other organizations working in the Anacostia Watershed to share updates about your upcoming programs or events and brainstorm possible future collaboration.

Location:

Anacostia High School - Library

1601 16th Street SE

Washington, DC 20020

This event and others in the series are hosted by the Anacostia Park and Community Collaborative, a network of organizations dedicated to enhancing the value and positive impact of Anacostia Park for Ward 7 and 8 communities. This workshop series is part of the Collaborative’s programming outreach and engagement working group and the network’s initiative to create a community-based vision for the Anacostia River corridor.

This event is made possible by the National Park Foundation and the Conservation Fund.

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Anacostia Coordinating Council Meeting
Sep
24
11:00 AM11:00

Anacostia Coordinating Council Meeting

The Anacostia Coordinating Council (ACC) was established in 1983 as a volunteer, membership consortium of organizations and individuals involved with the revitalization of Anacostia and its adjacent neighborhoods. Founded to organize community support for getting the Anacostia Metro Station built, the ACC has expanded to address a large amount of issues that face the community.

ACC is involved in information gathering and sharing, networking, advocacy and community organizing.

Since its inception, ACC has welcomed over 1,000 guest speakers to its monthly meetings to discuss some of the community's most pressing issues and to share important information pertaining to the community.

ACC Monthly Meetings
occur every LAST Tuesday of the month (except December).

IMPORTANT NOTE: Our traditional meeting place, the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, will be undergoing modernization and upgrades. Because of this, from March through November of 2019, ACC will be meeting at:

Martha's Table at the Commons
2375 Elvans Rd SE
Washington, DC 20020
(near Moten ES or near the Panorama Room at Our Lady of Perpetual Help).

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Meet the Bridge Park Design Team
Sep
25
6:30 PM18:30

Meet the Bridge Park Design Team

Join the 11th Street Bridge Park staff and partners at the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) on Wednesday, September 25 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm to learn the latest news about the Bridge Park. The engineering & design team will present a project overview, share current progress & next steps including the environmental assessment and equity investments to date. There will be plenty of time to hear your feedback and answer questions. The meeting will be held at Anacostia High School.

For more information on the project, please visit bridgepark.org and email stacee@tbaconnects.com if you have any questions regarding the meeting.

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National Public Lands Day Volunteer Event
Sep
28
9:00 AM09:00

National Public Lands Day Volunteer Event

Organized each year by the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF), National Public Lands Day promotes the connection between people and the environment by inviting everyone to get outside.

Every day, natural disasters and extreme weather, human activities, and a host of other factors take their toll on our public lands, threatening the health and wellbeing of the people and wildlife who depend on them. Public land managers, volunteers, and others who steward these special places work tirelessly to restore these areas, make them more resilient to future threats, and ensure that people and wildlife continue to enjoy them for years to come.

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Anacostia Coordinating Council's 35th Anniversary Boat Trip
Oct
5
10:30 AM10:30

Anacostia Coordinating Council's 35th Anniversary Boat Trip

  • 600 Water Street Southwest Washington, DC, 20024 United States (map)
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The Anacostia Coordinating Council will be turning 35 years old this year and celebrating with a fundraiser party aboard the Spirit of Washington.

Tickets are ON SALE NOW!

ACC ANNIVERSARY BOAT RIDE
$100.00 per person
(Partially tax-deductible)

Inquiries & tickets:
202-889-4900 or acc01@aol.com

SEE OLD FRIENDS
MAKE NEW FRIENDS Make checks payable to:
TIME FOR SHARING Anacostia Coordinating Council
TIME FOR NETWORKING 2401 Shannon Place, SE
Washington, DC 20020-5819

SHUTTLE BUS DEPARTS FROM WATERFRONT METRO STATION at 10:30 a.m.

(Please note: Boat will begin boarding at 10:30 a.m., and departs from the dock at 11:00 a.m.)

Or walk to dock from Metro. Paid parking available in vicinity.
Cruise along the Anacostia River on the

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Volunteer Event - Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
Oct
26
9:00 AM09:00

Volunteer Event - Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

Join the Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens on Saturday, October 26 for a volunteer service event! You will spend the morning removing invasive plants, collecting litter and working on other park-beautification projects.

WHEN: Saturday, October 26, 9:00am to 12:00pm. Registration opens at 8:30am, please arrive no later than 8:45am.

WHERE: Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, 1550 Anacostia Ave Northeast, Washington, DC 20019. By Car: Enter the park at the Anacostia Ave entrance to access the free visitors parking lot. By Metro: Kenilworth is accessible via the Deanwood Metro stop (orange line).

WHAT: Volunteers will spend the morning removing invasive plants, picking up trash and working on other park projects. The event will run rain or shine—please dress accordingly and plan to work outside.

BRING WITH YOU: Be prepared to work outside! Please wear closed-toe shoes and weather-appropriate clothes. Please also bring your own water bottle and sunscreen.

OTHER: We encourage families and students to join us. Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult chaperone, parent or guardian. This event is eligible for Student Service Learning (SSL) hours.

DONATIONS: Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens is a 501(c)3 nonprofit. We work alongside the National Park Service to maintain the park. Our volunteer events are free but we appreciate all donations. You can make a donation by selecting the “donate” ticket when you register here on Eventbrite, or drop some cash in our donation box inside the park’s visitor center when you come to volunteer.

QUESTIONS: Contact David Drawbaugh, Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, at david@fokag.org or 202-695-0352.

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Anacostia Coordinating Council Meeting
Oct
29
11:00 AM11:00

Anacostia Coordinating Council Meeting

The Anacostia Coordinating Council (ACC) was established in 1983 as a volunteer, membership consortium of organizations and individuals involved with the revitalization of Anacostia and its adjacent neighborhoods. Founded to organize community support for getting the Anacostia Metro Station built, the ACC has expanded to address a large amount of issues that face the community.

ACC is involved in information gathering and sharing, networking, advocacy and community organizing.

Since its inception, ACC has welcomed over 1,000 guest speakers to its monthly meetings to discuss some of the community's most pressing issues and to share important information pertaining to the community.

ACC Monthly Meetings
occur every LAST Tuesday of the month (except December).

IMPORTANT NOTE: Our traditional meeting place, the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, will be undergoing modernization and upgrades. Because of this, from March through November of 2019, ACC will be meeting at:

Martha's Table at the Commons
2375 Elvans Rd SE
Washington, DC 20020
(near Moten ES or near the Panorama Room at Our Lady of Perpetual Help).

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Anacostia Coordinating Council Meeting
Nov
26
11:00 AM11:00

Anacostia Coordinating Council Meeting

The Anacostia Coordinating Council (ACC) was established in 1983 as a volunteer, membership consortium of organizations and individuals involved with the revitalization of Anacostia and its adjacent neighborhoods. Founded to organize community support for getting the Anacostia Metro Station built, the ACC has expanded to address a large amount of issues that face the community.

ACC is involved in information gathering and sharing, networking, advocacy and community organizing.

Since its inception, ACC has welcomed over 1,000 guest speakers to its monthly meetings to discuss some of the community's most pressing issues and to share important information pertaining to the community.

ACC Monthly Meetings
occur every LAST Tuesday of the month (except December).

IMPORTANT NOTE: Our traditional meeting place, the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, will be undergoing modernization and upgrades. Because of this, from March through November of 2019, ACC will be meeting at:

Martha's Table at the Commons
2375 Elvans Rd SE
Washington, DC 20020
(near Moten ES or near the Panorama Room at Our Lady of Perpetual Help).

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Bi-monthly Meeting: Anacostia Park and Community Collaborative
Sep
13
10:30 AM10:30

Bi-monthly Meeting: Anacostia Park and Community Collaborative

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Join the Anacostia Park and Community Collaborative for a bimonthly business meeting to discuss current projects and next steps for the network. This event will include a discussion about the Collaborative’s emerging community vision for the river corridor and planning for future engagement events in Anacostia Park.

All are welcome to attend. Food and drink will be provided.

 



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Sep
12
5:30 PM17:30

Anacostia River Discovery Series Paddle Night

Come to the River!

This event is part of the Anacostia Watershed Society’s summer series giving you the opportunity to explore your Anacostia River. Please read all of the following information closely before registering.

Come discover your Anacostia River by joining AWS for a paddle night at the Bladensburg Waterfront Park, a beautiful park situated near the original historical port of Bladensburg. Just south of the confluence of the North East and North West Branches of the Anacostia River, from this site you can explore the most suburban launch point of the river. There is a covered pavilion, picnic benches, and playgrounds, so it's an ideal location for a summer evening with your family and friends. 

Please note this event is first-come first-served, so come early for a better chance of getting out on the water!

There are a limited number of spaces of this trip and registration is required. You must complete a registration for every person who plans to attend, including children or family members. If you find out that you cannot attend the event you registered for,  please let us know ASAP so other community members can attend.

Groups of 15 or more are encouraged to contact us directly about setting up a tour.

If you have any physical limitations or differences please let us know by emailing info@anacostiaws.org so we can discuss potential accommodations.

What to bring:

  • Reusable water bottle filled with water

  • Sunscreen

  • Hat and sunglasses

  • Sealable bag to put your phone in during the trip

  • Dry bag for your item, if you have one

  • Shoes that can get damp

  • Towel in case you get a little splashed

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Anacostia Library Bike Clinic
Sep
7
12:00 PM12:00

Anacostia Library Bike Clinic

Volunteers from Gearin' Up Bicycles and The Bike House will provide free bike repair clinics at the Anacostia Neighborhood Library on select Saturdays this summer from 12 to 2:30 p.m. Bike repair clinics are educational and designed to TEACH YOU how to repair and maintain your bike - bring your bike (limit of 1 adult bike or 2 children's bikes per customer) AND a willingness to learn, get your hands a little dirty and walk away with new, empowering skills. The Washington Area Bicycle Association, DC Safe Routes to School and the Metropolitan Police Department will be providing support, bike safety information and creative activities at each clinic.

Saturday 6/22, 12 - 2:30 p.m.
Saturday 7/20, 12 - 2:30 p.m.
Saturday 9/7, 12 - 2:30 p.m.

These programs are made possible with support from DDOT Vision Zero, the DC Public Library Foundation, and the Friends of the Anacostia Neighborhood Library.

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Anacostia Adopt-a-Block Cleanup
Sep
7
10:00 AM10:00

Anacostia Adopt-a-Block Cleanup

Description: Volunteers will help the Anacostia Watershed Society with a trash cleanup at our Historical Anacostia Adopt-a- Block site! By participating in this event, volunteers will help us to cleanup the community and prevent trash from going into the Anacostia River.

Date: Saturday, September 7, 2019
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Meeting Location: We will meet outside Journey Anacostia, an art museum, located at: 1201 Good Hope Rd SE, Washington, DC 20020 (Map)

Physical Requirements: This event will likely involve lifting, bending, and walking. Participants will be expected to wear closed-toed shoes for the duration of the event. If you think any of the physical requirements will be problematic, please let us know.

Registration is required. Please register at least 2 days prior to the event date you chose to volunteer in order to receive additional information regarding proper clothing, etc. 

For more information, contact Emily Castelli at ecastelli2@anacostiaws.org or call 301-699-6204 x103.

Click here to register

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50 States Bike Ride
Sep
7
7:00 AM07:00

50 States Bike Ride

  • 2700 Adams Mill Road Northwest Washington, DC, 20009 United States (map)
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The 50 States Ride is an urban adventure by bicycle, and a crowning achievement for many area bicyclists. The goal is to bike on every “state street” in the District.

It can be a tough ride, but with good company—and, you have the chance to make friends in every state! This ride is a community event where riders encourage one another and share in the feeling of biking through our nation’s capital.

The ride is a fundraiser for the Washington Area Bicyclist Association and has a registration fee. If the fee would prevent you from participating, you can email events@waba.org and request a discount code for the event. You can also earn a free WABA membership by volunteering three times at events. (Volunteer signup for marshals and other 50 States roles is here.)

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Step Fest at Kingman Island
Aug
31
4:00 PM16:00

Step Fest at Kingman Island

  • Kingman and Heritage Islands Park (map)
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The 3rd annual Step Fest is a 3-hour outdoor festival featuring Step Afrika! and various local DMV artists, funded by DOEE's Community Stormwater Solutions Grant.

Step Fest invites the community to enjoy the natural environment through the arts. This year's featured artists include Soka Tribe, Future Band DC, Dem Raider Boyz Step Squad, and more!

 

Plan and prepare for your visit to the Islands

Kingman and Heritage Islands are natural areas with little infrastructure. Please make sure you plan and prepare to make your StepFest experience enjoyable for the whole family!

  • Wear comfortable shoes and clothing

  • Bring a chair or blanket to sit on

  • Bring sun screen and bug-spray

  • Pack a picnic

  • Check the weather forecast and pack a poncho/umbrella/rain gear as needed

Step Afrika! will provide water and pre-packaged snacks (such as granola bars) and limited seating for elderly or disabled patrons only.

Please click here to learn more about Kingman and Heritage Island
http://www.kingmanisland.org/

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River Terrace Reunion Picnic
Aug
31
12:00 PM12:00

River Terrace Reunion Picnic

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Since its inception, the River Terrace neighborhood has been a tight-knit village with a strong sense of community. In 2009, former and current River Terracers launched the Annual Reunion Picnic as a social gathering to foster fellowship among neighborhood residents who feel like extended family members.

No RSVPs to the Reunion Picnic are needed; bring your own portable outdoor furniture, including seating. The menu includes hamburgers and hot dogs. There is no rain date.

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Tales and Trails: History of Anacostia park
Aug
31
10:00 AM10:00

Tales and Trails: History of Anacostia park

  • Anacostia Drive and Good Hope Rd SE Washington, DC (map)
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Join the Washington Area Bicyclist Association Trail Ranger team and National Park Service for a dynamic guided history tour of Anacostia River Trail in Anacostia Park and explore the entire history of the park from the prehistoric era to the present day. Stories of ornithologists, Civil Rights leaders, environmental activists as well as the famous and infamous make this tour one to remember!

Meet at the intersection of Anacostia Drive and Good Hope Rd SE.

Additional Details:

There will be ASL interpretation.

We’re bringing extra water and snacks but please bring a water bottle, helmet and a working bicycleIt truly is a three hour event so plan ahead for your food and water needs! For insurance purposes, WABA requires helmets on all of our rides. We will be in the sun for most of the ride so please wear sunscreen, dress appropriately and bring plenty of water. Bring more food if you need more to keep going before lunch.

We will be primarily on trails and this will be a no-drop social pace ride primarily focused on history. We will be starting promptly at 10:00am to make sure we end on time – lots of history to cover! We’ll also reimburse you for your usage fees if you use Capital Bikeshare for the ride.

If you are no longer able to make it, please let me know at ursula.sandstrom@waba.org. We want to make sure that all of our allotted spots are filled – turns out it is a popular ride!

Should there be substantial rain, the ride will be rescheduled.

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Anacostia River Discovery Series Nature Hike - Mammals
Aug
29
5:30 PM17:30

Anacostia River Discovery Series Nature Hike - Mammals

Come to the River!

This event is part of the Anacostia Watershed Society’s summer series giving you the opportunity to explore your Anacostia River.

Please read all of the following information closely before registering.

Come discover your Anacostia River by joining AWS for our Thursday evening Anacostia River Discovery Series! This event will feature a guided nature walk with AWS scientists where you'll learn about the river's mammals, as featured in our new Beginner's Field Guide to the Anacostia River! This event requires standing and walking on uneven surfaces for extended periods of time.

There are a limited number of spaces of this trip and registration is required. You must complete a registration for every person who plans to attend, including children or family members. If you find out that you cannot attend the event you registered for,  please let us know ASAP so other community members can attend.

If you have any physical limitations or differences please let us know by emailing info@anacostiaws.org so we can discuss potential accommodations.

What to bring:

  • Reusable water bottle filled with water

  • Sunscreen is recommended

  • Hat and Sunglasses

  • Closed-toed shoes

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Anacostia Coordinating Council Meeting
Aug
27
11:00 AM11:00

Anacostia Coordinating Council Meeting

The Anacostia Coordinating Council (ACC) was established in 1983 as a volunteer, membership consortium of organizations and individuals involved with the revitalization of Anacostia and its adjacent neighborhoods. Founded to organize community support for getting the Anacostia Metro Station built, the ACC has expanded to address a large amount of issues that face the community.

ACC is involved in information gathering and sharing, networking, advocacy and community organizing.

Since its inception, ACC has welcomed over 1,000 guest speakers to its monthly meetings to discuss some of the community's most pressing issues and to share important information pertaining to the community.

ACC Monthly Meetings
occur every LAST Tuesday of the month (except December).

IMPORTANT NOTE: Our traditional meeting place, the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, will be undergoing modernization and upgrades. Because of this, from March through November of 2019, ACC will be meeting at:

Martha's Table at the Commons
2375 Elvans Rd SE
Washington, DC 20020
(near Moten ES or near the Panorama Room at Our Lady of Perpetual Help).

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Nationwide Day of Healing Ceremony - 400 Years of Slavery
Aug
25
3:00 PM15:00

Nationwide Day of Healing Ceremony - 400 Years of Slavery

Image: National Park Service

Image: National Park Service

Nearly 400 years ago, English colonists initiated their practice of slavery in North America. This August, the National Park Service is honoring significance of 400 years of African American history and culture.

A special ceremony on Sunday, August 25—the 400th anniversary—will capture a spirit of remembrance, healing, reconciliation, and uplift.

The Healing Day Ceremony will begin at 3:00 p.m. ET with the ceremonial ringing of bells for four minutes, one for each century at:

Frederick Douglass National Historic Site
1411 W St SE, Washington, DC 20020
(202) 426-5961

Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site
1318 Vermont Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005
(202) 673-2402

Carter G. Woodson National Historic Site
1538 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
(202) 426-5961

Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
1550 Anacostia Ave NE, Washington, DC 20019
(202) 692-6080

Fort Washington
13551 Fort Washington Rd, Fort Washington, MD 20744
(301) 763-4600

Lincoln Park
(202) 690-5185

Oxon Hill Farm
6411 Oxon Hill Rd, Oxon Hill, MD 20745
(301) 839-1176

We encourage our friends to host a simultaneous bell ringing of their own to extend nationwide the healing concept of the Fort Monroe ceremony.

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“Dance to the Future”  - Family Late Skate in Anacostia Park
Aug
24
5:00 PM17:00

“Dance to the Future” - Family Late Skate in Anacostia Park

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Dance to the Future!

Held on selected Saturday evenings, the Anacostia Park and Community Collaborative and the National Park Service host FREE community events featuring skate rentals, music, a live DJ, arts and crafts and other activities. 

These Late Skate events are reminiscent of the 1968 “Summer in the Parks” programs which connected urban residents with parks through music, or nature activities and sports. A special display about Summer in the Parks will be featured at each event.  Bring your charcoal grill and cooler and spend an evening!

In addition to skating, this evening will feature hand dancing, DJ Spirit, live music by the band “Bela Donna,” and park visions for the future.

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Last FREE Friday Night Fishing
Aug
23
5:00 PM17:00

Last FREE Friday Night Fishing

Friday Night Fishing returns every Friday night from June 28 - August 23 on the dock at Diamond Teague Park! It is the perfect opportunity for new anglers, or those who are just looking for a good time on the Anacostia!

Anacostia Riverkeeper and the Earth Conservation Corps supply the rods, the bait, and the instruction.

Friday Night Fishing is completely FREE and is open to ALL AGES. However, those 16 and older are required to have a fishing license which can be purchased for the whole year here: https://doee.dc.gov/service/get-fishing-license

The program takes place on the dock at Diamond Teague Park, directly across from Nationals Stadium! There is no parking, however, the closest metro stop is the Navy Yard - Green Line.

Anacostia Riverkeeper's sponsors for Friday Night Fishing are Capitol Hill Community Foundation and Chloe restaurant.

To learn more about the Anacostia Riverkeeper, go here: https://www.anacostiariverkeeper.org/
To learn more about the Earth Conservation Corps, go here: www.earthconservationcorps.org

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Anacostia River Explorers Boat Tour
Aug
22
6:00 PM18:00

Anacostia River Explorers Boat Tour

Join Anacostia River Explorers to learn about the Anacostia River’s history, wildlife, the environmental threats it faces, and the solutions helping it realize its full potential. These free, guided boat tours are funded by the District’s disposable bag fee. Public tours are offered each month and capped at 20 people per trip. Want to reserve your own trip? Email info@anacostiariverkeeper.org to book yours today!

Sign up HERE

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Anacostia River Explorers Boat Tour
Aug
19
5:30 PM17:30

Anacostia River Explorers Boat Tour

  • Anacostia Park - Aquatic Resources Education Center (map)
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Come to the River!

Explore the Anacostia River while riding in one of the Anacostia Watershed Society’s open-air boats as part of the Anacostia River Explorers program. Anacostia Watershed Society staff will take participants on a one or two hour tour of the river while discussing natural and cultural history along with restoration efforts. You will experience the joy of being out on the water while observing this beautiful local area.

Please note that for these events we invite groups of four or fewer. If you are interested in bringing a larger group please email info@anacostiaws.org for more information.

There are a limited number of spaces of this trip and registration is required. You must complete a registration for every person who plans to attend, including children or family members. If you register, please let us know ASAP if you're no longer able to attend so other community members can attend.

If you have any physical limitations or differences please let us know so we can discuss potential accommodations.

What to bring:

  • Reusable water bottle filled with water

  • Sunscreen is recommended

  • Hat and Sunglasses

This event is full.

CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE WAITLIST

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FREE Friday Night Fishing
Aug
16
5:00 PM17:00

FREE Friday Night Fishing

Friday Night Fishing returns every Friday night from June 28 - August 23 on the dock at Diamond Teague Park! It is the perfect opportunity for new anglers, or those who are just looking for a good time on the Anacostia!

Anacostia Riverkeeper and the Earth Conservation Corps supply the rods, the bait, and the instruction.

Friday Night Fishing is completely FREE and is open to ALL AGES. However, those 16 and older are required to have a fishing license which can be purchased for the whole year here: https://doee.dc.gov/service/get-fishing-license

The program takes place on the dock at Diamond Teague Park, directly across from Nationals Stadium! There is no parking, however, the closest metro stop is the Navy Yard - Green Line.

Anacostia Riverkeeper's sponsors for Friday Night Fishing are Capitol Hill Community Foundation and Chloe restaurant.

To learn more about the Anacostia Riverkeeper, go here: https://www.anacostiariverkeeper.org/
To learn more about the Earth Conservation Corps, go here: www.earthconservationcorps.org

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Freshwater Mussel Restoration Workday
Aug
15
9:00 AM09:00

Freshwater Mussel Restoration Workday

Description: Volunteers will help AWS with our LAST Freshwater Mussel Restoration Workday at 7 different sites throughout the Anacostia River Watershed! In 2015, we started surveying the native species of freshwater mussels in the Anacostia River to understand their diversity and abundance. In 2018 we started a mussel propagation project partnering with a mussel hatchery run by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Virginia collecting local broodstock from the Anacostia River. Volunteers are critical to keep this project going and to meet our goal of enhancing mussel populations to increase their water filtration capacity to help clean our river. Mussel restoration workdays involve building, installing or maintaining the floating baskets where we culture our mussels or other protective structures associated with the baskets; and monitoring the growth and survival of the mussels on a monthly basis. This will be the LAST freshwater mussel restoration workday before we release the mussels into their new home in the river bed at Kingman Lake and Kenilworth Lake in September!

Note: This event is weather dependent

Date: Thursday, August 15, 2019
Time: 9:00 am - 1:30 pm

Meeting Location: For this Mussel Restoration Workday, we will split into 4 groups to go to 7 different sites. During registration, you will have the opportunity to select which group you would like to be a part of:

  • Group 1: If you are in group 1 you will only need to worry about getting to one location. The two sites you will work at will be at the same address.

  • Meeting Spot: Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens Pond: 1550 Anacostia Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20019 (map)

    • The Deanwood Metro Station is also 0.5 miles away from this location (about an 11 minute walk)

    • Parking is available at this location

  • Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens/Kenilworth Park Tidal: 1550 Anacostia Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20019 (map)

    • This site is located nearby to the meeting spot, so transportation will not be required to get to the second site.

  • Group 2: Volunteers in group 2 will only need to worry about getting to one location:

    • Meeting Spot: Bladensburg Waterfront Park: 4601 Annapolis Road, Bladensburg, MD 20710 (map)

      • There is ample parking available

      • This site can be accessed by car, bus (Metrobus: T18, T14, F8), or bike trail

  • Group 3: Volunteers in group 3 will need a method of transportation to get to both Kingman sites.

  • Meeting Spot: Kingman Marsh: 2556 Benning Road NE, Washington, DC 20002 (map)

    • We will be meeting in the parking lot of the driving range of the Langston Golf Course. Please do NOT park in the main parking lot for the Golf Course!!

    • If you are headed west on Benning Road into the city, you will take a right into the driving range parking lot before the entrance to the Golf Course. The turn for the driving range parking lot is located before the Metro crosses above Benning Road (if you are headed west)

  • Kingman Island: Volunteers will follow AWS staff as they drive across the street to get to the wooden bridge where the other mussel baskets are located.

  • Group 4: Volunteers in group 4 will need a method of transportation to get to their two sites.

  • Meeting Spot: AWS Floating Office: 1301 Water Street SE, Washington, DC 20003 (map)

    • Some parking is available at this location

    • The Potomac Ave Metro Station is 1 mile away from this location (about a 20 minute walk)

  • Capital SUP: 1492 4th Street SE, Washington, DC 20003 (map)

    • Paid parking available nearby

    • The Navy Yard-Ballpark Metro Station is 0.4 miles away from this location (about an 8 minute walk)

Physical Requirements: This event will likely involve lifting, bending, and walking in mud wearing boots or waders. Participants will be expected to wear closed-toed shoes for the duration of the event. These events may not be suitable for those with health issues. If you think any of the physical requirements will be problematic, please let us know.

Registration is required. Please register at least 2 days prior to the event date you chose to volunteer in order to receive additional information regarding proper clothing, etc. 

For more information, contact Emily Castelli at ecastelli2@anacostiaws.org or call 301-699-6204 x103.

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Anacostia River Explorers Boat Tour
Aug
14
6:00 PM18:00

Anacostia River Explorers Boat Tour

Join Anacostia River Explorers to learn about the Anacostia River’s history, wildlife, the environmental threats it faces, and the solutions helping it realize its full potential. These free, guided boat tours are funded by the District’s disposable bag fee. Public tours are offered each month and capped at 20 people per trip. Want to reserve your own trip? Email info@anacostiariverkeeper.org to book yours today!

Sign up HERE

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Lily Ponds Live! Concert
Aug
10
5:00 PM17:00

Lily Ponds Live! Concert

The Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens invite you to attend the second Lily Ponds Live Concert of the season on Saturday, August 10 from 5-7pm where we can celebrate YOU, our visitors, generous supporters, volunteers, and partners for all that you do to support Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens! 

There will be live music , food, and games for kids.

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Who can come: Everyone!

What should I bring: We will be outside! Please bring a chair, blanket, picnic, and all your family and friends.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event: Please park in the parking lot at the Aquatic Gardens at 1550 Anacostia Ave NE. If the lot is full, street parking is available.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions: Please contact Maya Douglas at maya@fokag.org.

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Want to help out at the event?

You can register as a volunteer! Here's what you can do to help out: set up before and clean up after (5-6 people needed), help at the food stations (3-4 people needed). Volunteer roles will be assigned before the event begins so please arrive by 4:30pm. If you want to help, please register as an individual volunteer on Eventbrite.

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Lotus Canoe Trip
Aug
10
3:00 PM15:00

Lotus Canoe Trip

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Join Living Classrooms for a canoe tour along the Anacostia River! Our destination is to Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens to peak the Lotus in bloom. Enjoy a peaceful paddle while learning about the history and wildlife of the river and wetlands.

Meet on the bridge between Kingman and Heritage Islands to check in and get geared up. You will be notified by email with details and if the event is cancelled due to weather.

SIGN UP HERE

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FREE Friday Night Fishing
Aug
9
5:00 PM17:00

FREE Friday Night Fishing

Friday Night Fishing returns every Friday night from June 28 - August 23 on the dock at Diamond Teague Park! It is the perfect opportunity for new anglers, or those who are just looking for a good time on the Anacostia!

Anacostia Riverkeeper and the Earth Conservation Corps supply the rods, the bait, and the instruction.

Friday Night Fishing is completely FREE and is open to ALL AGES. However, those 16 and older are required to have a fishing license which can be purchased for the whole year here: https://doee.dc.gov/service/get-fishing-license

The program takes place on the dock at Diamond Teague Park, directly across from Nationals Stadium! There is no parking, however, the closest metro stop is the Navy Yard - Green Line.

Anacostia Riverkeeper's sponsors for Friday Night Fishing are Capitol Hill Community Foundation and Chloe restaurant.

To learn more about the Anacostia Riverkeeper, go here: https://www.anacostiariverkeeper.org/
To learn more about the Earth Conservation Corps, go here: www.earthconservationcorps.org

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Kids Marker Sketching at Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens
Aug
9
10:00 AM10:00

Kids Marker Sketching at Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens

During this fun class we will use jumbo markers to sketch in the park! We will top off our art with watercolor pencils. Bring your little ones to participate and create a botanical masterpiece. This class is a hands on art class in which participants will be exposed to the basic principles of drawing. We will work from observation in order to translate botanical objects and space onto a two-dimensional surface. This class is for children ages 6-10.

In August and September, Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens is hosting 4 artists in short residencies to teach free classes to the public and to work on their own art in the park. We would like to invite you to check out the classes coming up this week. All are free and advanced registration by phone is required. You may reserve up to 4 spaces per person by calling (202) 692-6080. Weather permitting all classes will be taught outdoors.

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Can DC Take the Heat?
Aug
8
6:00 PM18:00

Can DC Take the Heat?

If you’ve spent a summer in D.C., you know that heat can constitute anything from an annoyance to a crisis. In fact, extreme heat is the most widespread and deadly weather-related hazard in the United States, and it is worsening due to both climate change and urban development patterns.

The Urban Land Institute is hosting a panel from the public and private sectors to hear how extreme heat is addressed in the new Resilient D.C. Strategy and how extreme heat can be mitigated through sustainable design and urban planning. The discussion will focus on how the District is keeping residents safe from extreme heat by mitigating the effects of climate change and preparing for the future.

Panelists:

Kevin Bush, Chief Resilience Officer, D.C. Office of Resilience
Kate Johnson, Chief, Green Building and Climate, D.C. Department of Energy and Environment
Kristin Baja, Climate Resilience Officer, Urban Sustainability Directors Network
Ayisha Swann, Development Associate, JBG Smith

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How a Park Can Prevent Cultural Gentrification - Webinar
Aug
7
1:00 PM13:00

How a Park Can Prevent Cultural Gentrification - Webinar

Irfana Jetha Noorani is the Deputy Director of the 11th Street Bridge Park project with Building Bridges Across the River, a member of the Anacostia Park and Community Collaborative. She will be featured in an upcoming national webinar on August 7 at 1:00 PM titled, “How a Park Can Prevent Cultural Gentrification.”

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Kickstart in the Park - Fitness Warmup and 3k
Aug
3
7:30 AM07:30

Kickstart in the Park - Fitness Warmup and 3k

Black Girl Health presents Kickstart in the Park! The event includes a fitness warm-up and 3k run at Anacostia Park. In addition, there will be athleta giveways and clothing discounts for participants, and an opportunity to become a Black Girl Health member. Come start your morning off right with us!

AGENDA:

7:30-7:45 check-in registration

7:45-8:00 welcome

8:00- runner warm up / mini full body workout with Tiffany Forte'

8:00-9:00- 3k run / with Marita Gumbs

9:00- return

9:00-9:45 celebrate/ raffles/ closing remarks

10:00- End of Event


HEADS UP

Runners please start hydrating on Thursday to prevent dehydration during run on Saturday!

-Ice cold towels will be provided for runners who feel faint (limited supply)

-Hydration tablets available at check in to drop in water

-water and snacks provided

-water will be provided but it’s strongly suggested to bring your own water bottle

PRICING

Registration for the fitness pop up is $15 dollars. If you are a Black Girl Health member registration is discounted to $10. If you're interested in becoming a member and get discounts to all monthly pop up events, clothing, at home recipes and fitness workouts, and more, go to : membership@blackgirlhealth.com.

LAST NOTE: YOU MUST REGISTER ONLINE, CASH WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED IN THE PARK

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FREE Friday Night Fishing
Aug
2
5:00 PM17:00

FREE Friday Night Fishing

Friday Night Fishing returns every Friday night from June 28 - August 23 on the dock at Diamond Teague Park! It is the perfect opportunity for new anglers, or those who are just looking for a good time on the Anacostia!

Anacostia Riverkeeper and the Earth Conservation Corps supply the rods, the bait, and the instruction.

Friday Night Fishing is completely FREE and is open to ALL AGES. However, those 16 and older are required to have a fishing license which can be purchased for the whole year here: https://doee.dc.gov/service/get-fishing-license

The program takes place on the dock at Diamond Teague Park, directly across from Nationals Stadium! There is no parking, however, the closest metro stop is the Navy Yard - Green Line.

Anacostia Riverkeeper's sponsors for Friday Night Fishing are Capitol Hill Community Foundation and Chloe restaurant.

To learn more about the Anacostia Riverkeeper, go here: https://www.anacostiariverkeeper.org/
To learn more about the Earth Conservation Corps, go here: www.earthconservationcorps.org

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