Environmental Education

The Alice Ferguson Foundation seeks to foster environmental stewards by providing outdoor experiential education that creates a sense of wonder, as well as respect for and comfort in the natural world.


Water TestingBridging the Watershed  is an outreach program of the Alice Ferguson Foundation, in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS) and area schools, designed to promote student academic achievement, personal connections with the natural world, lifelong civic engagement, and environmental stewardship through hands-on curriculum-based outdoor studies in national parks and public lands.

Hard Bargain Farm Environmental Center’s education program for elementary to middle school students is designed to promote understanding and stewardship of the natural resources in the Potomac River watershed and the legacy of farming in America. Courses at Hard Bargain Farm immerse students in various field studies involving fun and innovative hands-on activities and field investigations designed to engage all learning styles.

The BTW Students page is full of resources for students as they prepare to go on a field study where they will have the opportunity to learn outside of the classroom, visit a national park, and be a student scientist. Before the field study, students will be able to hear what to expect, view photos, play educational games, learn how to prepare, and view past student reflections.

The HBF Kids’ Zone is for elementary and middle school students who want to learn more about the watershed we live in. Students can find educational games, photos of the farm animals, and other fun activities here.