Composting Workshop: Wild About Worms

03/24/2018
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Composting Workshop: Wild About Worms
Cafritz Environmental Center, Accokeek MD

Volunteering in the Garden (August)

08/18/2018
10:00 am - 12:00 pm Volunteering in the Garden (August)
Cafritz Environmental Center, Accokeek MD

Volunteering in the Garden (July)

07/21/2018
10:00 am - 12:00 pm Volunteering in the Garden (July)
Cafritz Environmental Center, Accokeek MD

Volunteering in the Garden (June)

06/16/2018
10:00 am - 12:00 pm Volunteering in the Garden (June)
Cafritz Environmental Center, Accokeek MD

Volunteering in the Garden (May)

05/19/2018
10:00 am - 12:00 pm Volunteering in the Garden (May)
Cafritz Environmental Center, Accokeek MD

Volunteering in the Garden (April)

04/21/2018
10:00 am - 12:00 pm Volunteering in the Garden (April)
Cafritz Environmental Center, Accokeek MD

Volunteering in the Garden (March)

03/12/2018
10:00 am - 12:00 pm Volunteering in the Garden (March)
Cafritz Environmental Center, Accokeek MD

Healthy Soils Workshop: Western Maryland Session

02/26/2018
8:30 am - 2:30 pm Healthy Soils Workshop: Western Maryland Session
Fox Haven Farm & Learning Center, Jefferson Maryland

Sharing Green Energy

January 24th, 2018

Sharing Green Energy

Did you know that just down the hill from the Alice Ferguson Foundation’s historic home and office, the Foundation’s educational center is one of the greenest buildings in the world? As of this year, our community remains just one of just 15 places in the world to have a Living Building helping to power their neighborhood. 

The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Environmental Education Center at the Alice Ferguson Foundation is just one of seven such buildings on the East Coast.

 

One of the most obvious “green” elements of our building is visible almost as soon as you turn into the campus. The environmental center’s roof is covered with solar panels. This past year, these panels, along with our geothermal wells and thick insulation, combined to generate 25% more electricity than we used. This excess energy, generated from the sun, and enhanced and made more efficient through our geothermal system, was sent back into the grid.

 

We’ve invested more than a decade in understanding, exploring and now reaping the benefits of an investment in green buildings and technology.

Learn more about the building here.

 

Celebrating the Year of the Anacostia

January 17th, 2018
By Laura Cattell Noll, Program Manager, Trash Free Initiative

 

In the 60 years since our founding, we have seen firsthand the importance of the Anacostia River and, in particular, the educational, cultural, recreational and economic resources the waterfront offers to District residents. Earlier this month, the DC Mayor declared 2018 as the Year of the Anacostia to pay tribute to this incredible local resource.

Here are just a few reasons we’re so excited to celebrate the Year of the Anacostia:

The Anacostia waterfront provides District residents with unparalleled access to public lands in their own community. These riverfront public lands are on par with some of the best publicly accessible waterfronts in the world, including San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park and Chicago’s lakefront parks. Since the 1970s, we have worked closely with the National Park Service, including Anacostia Park to encourage students and community members to visit our national public lands and discover nature in their own back yard. Green spaces are important to our communities and they bring real value to our lives.


The Anacostia river and waterfront provide an incredible opportunity for environmental and watershed education.
Learning is both more meaningful and more relevant when it happens in a student’s community. This year is also the 20th anniversary of our educational program, Bridging the Watershed, which brings more than 6,000 students per year out to their local parks. Through this program, hundreds of students visit Anacostia riverfront parks to engage in inquiry-based scientific field studies. The transformative experiences during these hands-on learning programs inspire our youth to utilize their local resources and engage with the environment in meaningful ways.

The Anacostia waterfront inspires community-based watershed stewardship.

As an important tributary of the Potomac River, the Anacostia watershed has long-been a focus of the Annual Potomac Watershed Cleanup. Last year, more than 9,000 volunteers, removed more than 400,000 pounds of trash from the watershed. During our 30th cleanup later this April, volunteers will come together to host dozens of cleanup sites across the Anacostia River Watershed. We continue to be inspired by the unprecedented collaboration within the Anacostia watershed that includes thousands of volunteers and a diverse coalition of government, non-profit, business and community partners.

We are excited to celebrate, enjoy and honor the history of the Anacostia River and surrounding communities this year, and in the years to come.

Learn more about the Year of the Anacostia here.