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Groundwork’s Events this Month

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Monday, April 11th at 6 p.m. is our commencement from Fair Chance’s capacity building partnership. Groundwork Anacostia River DC participated in the year-long program to strengthen its performance in order to better serve local youth. Space is reserved for invited guests.

Sunday, April 17th is the Anacostia River Festival, an official event for the National Cherry Blossom Festival with lots of fun events celebrating the history of the Anacostia. The event will occur at Anacostia Park from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. More details may be found here: http://www.bridgepark.org/anacostia-river-festival The event flyer is also provided below.

Saturday, April 23rd, we’ll be participating in an Earth Day clean up at Kenilworth Park. Approximately 150 volunteers have agreed to help us clean trash from within and around the Watts Branch Stream. Our efforts will eliminate trash from entering the Anacostia River.

While registration for our site is full, folks are encouraged to sign up and volunteer at one of the 30 other participating sites. Feel free to do so via this link: https://www.anacostiaws.org/earthday2016/

Immediately after volunteering, join us and the rest of the event’s volunteers at RFK Stadium’s Lot 7 for free food, music and more! We’ll be there from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Feel free to routinely check our Events Calendar page for details of upcoming events. Also, if you have not already, please “like” our Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/GWARDC/

 

 

Earth Day Clean-up and Celebration

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

Anacostia Watershed Society’s Earth Day Clean-Up and Celebration

Join us and 2,000+ volunteers in cleaning up 30 sites along the shore of the Anacostia River and tributary streams in Washington, DC, Prince George’s, and Montgomery counties. The clean-up will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Immediately following the clean-up, all volunteers are invited to attend an Earth Day celebration at Anacostia Park until 2:00 p.m., which will be complete with a free lunch, live music and more.

Groundwork DC will be working at the Kenilworth Park & Bandalong Litter Trap site, so come out and join us for what is sure to be an incredible day!

Register to volunteer via the Anacostia Watershed Society’s website, at https://www.anacostiaws.org/earthday2016/

Anacostia River Festival

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

Anacostia River Festival

11th Street Bridge Park and National Park Service present the annual Anacostia River Festival, a premier event and official closing of the 2016 National Cherry Blossom Festival. This year’s Festival celebrates the natural world by focusing on the Anacostia River, its history, ecology, and the communities along its riverbanks. Activities include: art exhibits, musical performances, rowing/paddling, fishing workshops, and other unique programs to engage families with the environment. Held at Anacostia Park, this FREE event will encourage District residents and tourists alike to explore communities and parks east of the river.

For more Festival details and updates, visit the event’s webpage:  http://www.bridgepark.org/anacostia-river-festival

Day of Archaeology Festival

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

The District of Columbia Historic Preservation Office (DCHPO) will be participating in the second annual Day of Archaeology Festival, Saturday, July 27th from 10 am to 3 pm at Turkey Thicket Park. Some parking is available; the nearest Metro stop is the Brookland-CUA station, on the Red Line.  The event is free to the public and open to people of all ages.

Part of a worldwide celebration of archaeology, the D.C. festival will be hosted by Archaeology in the Community, a District-based nonprofit educational organization.  Archaeology organizations from D.C., Maryland, and Virginia will be present.  The public will be able to talk to archaeologists in person and learn about the science and art of doing archaeology as well as volunteer opportunities in the field.  There will be engaging activities for children, including mock-excavation, hands-on artifact displays, crafts, and lectures.  The archaeology of local prehistoric and historic inhabitants of the area will also be featured.  Visitors will have an opportunity to enjoy live music, face painting, and visits from some of D.C.’s best food trucks.  Both local and worldwide participants will be featuring the event live, across Facebook and Twitter (thedayofarchaeology and @dayofarch, respectively).

For more information on the festival, please call DCHPO at (202)-442-8800 or email historic.preservation@dc.gov or ajones@archaeologyincommunity.com

Cultural Tourism DC’s 2012 BikingTown DC

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

Cultural Tourism DC’s 2012 WalkingTown DC and BikingTown DC  kicks off on Saturday, September 15 in conjunction with Cultural Tourism DC’s Greater H Street, NE Neighborhood Heritage Trail Launch and the H Street Festival. Tours continue during lunchtime and evening hours on Monday, September 24 – Friday, September 28. Weekend tours are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, September 29 – 30. The program closes with tours on Monday, October 1.

 The Greater Deawood-Watts Branch Green Restoration Tour

 The Watts Branch Creek and its neighborhood in Northeast DC is being transformed and restored through community-based action and public investment. Join Dennis Chestnut, founder of Groundwork Anacostia DC and his staff on this 2-hour bike ride to see projects that are restoring the neighborhood and its ecosystems. Ride along Watts Branch Creek, Marvin Gaye, and Fort Mahan (part of the Civil War Defenses of Washington) parks; and stop along creek restoration sites, tree plantings, bio-retention areas, native habitat restoration, and the New Empowerhouse Solar Home site.

Presented by Groundwork Anacostia River DC, Inc. and led by Executive Director, neighborhood aficionado, and long-time resident Dennis Chestnut; Program Manager Vaughn Perry, and Executive Assistant Fajr S. Chestnut.

To sign up visit Cultural Tourism’s website at www.culturaltourismdc.org

Become a Certified Master Watershed Steward

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are willing to assume an active role with a strong commitment to improving the environment and the quality of life in your community, we invite you to apply to the Watershed Stewards Academy and become a Master Watershed Steward!

Visit www.ncr-wsa.org for more details

Master Watershed Stewards work with their communities to:

Assess Watersheds– identify their pollutant sources and create strategies for reducing these pollutants.

Educate Communities– help neighbors understand the most pressing environmental problems in their area.

Reduce Pollutants– work with communities to target pollution sources such as pet waste, fertilizer or pesticides.

Coordinate Action– help communities reduce the polluted runoff by coordinating the installation of rain gardens, rain barrels and other Rainscaping/Riversmart techniques.

Please join us at any of the following informational sessions:

  • Thursday, August 23 6:30pm
  • Tuesday, September 11 6:30pm
  • Thursday, September 13, 6:30pm

3935 Benning Rd. N.E. Washington DC 20019

Applications are due September 15th. For more information, contact Lee Cain at lcain@anacostiaws.org 301.699.6204 or Fajr Chestnut at fajr@grounworkdc.org 202.506.1391 or visit www.ncr-wsa.org.

Participants become Master Watershed Stewards by completing the 14-session course (see attached schedule) and completing a Capstone Project that will reduce pollution at its source while engaging the community in the process. Most classes will be held at a location near the Minnesota metro stop (location to be determined).

Facilitated and sponsored by the Anacostia Watershed Society, Groundwork DC, and the Chesapeake Covenant Community, and the University of Maryland.

 

Cultural Tourism DC’s 2012 WalkingTown DC

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

Cultural Tourism DC’s 2012 WalkingTown DC and BikingTown DC  kicks off on Saturday, September 15 in conjunction with Cultural Tourism DC’s Greater H Street, NE Neighborhood Heritage Trail Launch and the H Street Festival. Tours continue during lunchtime and evening hours on Monday, September 24 – Friday, September 28. Weekend tours are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, September 29 – 30. The program closes with tours on Monday, October 1.

 The Greater Deawood-Watts Branch Green Restoration Tour

The Watts Branch Creek and its neighborhood in Northeast DC is being transformed and restored through community-based action and public investment. Join Dennis Chestnut, founder of Groundwork Anacostia DC and his staff on this 1 1/2-hour walking tour to see projects that are restoring the neighborhood and its ecosystems. Walk along Watts Branch Creek and Marvin Gaye and Fort Mahan (part of the Civil War Defenses of Washington) parks, and stop along creek restoration sites, tree plantings, bio-retention areas, native habitat restoration and the New Empowerhouse Solar Home site.

Presented by Groundwork Anacostia River DC, Inc. and led by Executive Director, neighborhood aficionado, and long-time resident Dennis Chestnut; Program Manager Vaughn Perry, and Executive Assistant Fajr S. Chestnut.

To sign up visit Cultural Tourism’s website at www.culturaltourismdc.org

 

 

American Baptist Home Mission Societies Work Day (s)

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

American Baptist Home Mission Societies is coming together for a week-long gathering of more that 800 youth throughout the United States and Puerto Rico .  They will be partnering and serving throughout our community with various organizations, including Groundwork Anacostia River DC.  We will host 150 youth at various sites throughout Ward 7 on Wednesday, July 25th and Friday, July 27th, 2012.  They will be participating in activities with us such as stream clean-ups, working in community gardens and parks, weeding and mulching and sight line clearance.

One Yard of Garden Orientation

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Please Join Groundwork Anacostia for the ‘One Yard of Garden’ orientation at Mayfair Communtiy Center and Gardens.
o 10:30 AM – New member orientation
o 11:00 AM – Pest Control Workshop
o Additional work on garden beds

Tree Planting @ Deanwood Learning Garden

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Groundwork Anacostia volunteers and Casey Trees will be planting 16-20 trees at the Deanwood Learning Garden located at  the corner of 48th Street and Sheriff Road NE. We’re very close to completing this project. This tree planting will get us that much closer.

Getting there: 10 minute walk from the Deanwood Metrorail Station on the Orange Line. Also accessible directly by the U4 Metrobus leaving the Minnesota Avenue Metrorail Station also on the Orange Line. There is plenty of street parking on site.

Make a Difference. Volunteer for this Community Tree Planting event or make a gift of any amount towards the planting of trees.

Date: Saturday, April 7, 2012
Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Address: 48th St. and Sheriff Rd. NE, Washington, DC 20019

Click here to volunteer.