Last Friday, ACM hosted a Community Forum to talk about all of the fun and exciting ways the whole family can participate in activities along the Anacostia. Representatives from Common Good City Farm, Anacostia Watershed Society, Washington Parks & People and Groundwork Anacostia were invited to discuss summer youth programs that engage young people in the natural environment. Activities such as paddling, fishing, gardening, nature walks and clean-ups provide hands-on education about the natural world in this urban landscape.
Common Good City Farm offers youth the opportunity to learn about gardening and urban agriculture on a 1 acre working farm located on Oakdale Pl NW. Children participate in plating, cultivating, harvesting and cooking healthy foods. For more information about Common Good City Farm and their programs, please visit their website http://commongoodcityfarm.org/
Anacostia Watershed Society’s mission is to get people engaged in Anacostia River. They host a variety of Activities that the people of all ages can participate in and along the river. They are currently hosting weekly free paddle nights where people can either canoe or kayak in the Anacostia. They also organize river multiple river clean-ups and invasive plant removal days throughout the year. In addition, they host fishing days and bird-watching tours. For information about events hosted by AWS, please check out their calendar of events on their webpage, http://www.anacostiaws.org/main
Washington Parks & People focuses on land reclamation, native reforestation, watershed restoration, public health and fitness programming, urban agriculture, and green job training. Through a variety of programs at their sites at Meridian Hill, Malcolm X Park and Marvin Gaye Park, they engage residents in the green spaces of the city. They host movie nights, nature walks and paddle nights. They also offer youth service learning opportunities. For more information, visit their website, http://www.washingtonparks.net/
Groundwork Anacostia seeks to reconnect residents to their neighborhoods’ environmental assets, including parks, open spaces, and the Anacostia River and its tributaries. They do this through a wide variety of programs. Through their programs such learning garden, Band-along litter trap, Outdoor Nation Campus Club they seek engage and educate communities along the river on the natural wonder of the river and it’s watershed. If you are interested in learning more about their programs, please visit their website, http://groundworkdc.org/
Anacostia Community Museum is hosting a Citizen Scientist program for students 4th grade and up. Students will be introduced to the watershed concept and travel to Anacostia Park for a visit to the District’s Department of the Environment (DDOE) Aquatic Resources Education Center. They will participate in water quality testing on the Anacostia River and learn how people impact the river and how the river impacts a person’s health. For more information, visit the program’s webpage, http://anacostia.si.edu/Education/StudentsTeachers
Hopefully everyone participates in some of the wonderful and exciting programs offered at these great organizations this summer. Have fun and stay safe!