Alice Ferguson Foundation Kicks Off Season of Cleanup Events

October 15th, 2020

New Training Resources Encourage Safe, Socially-distanced Micro-Cleanups this Fall

Accokeek, MD – On September 26, the Alice Ferguson Foundation kicked off its annual cleanup events season as it celebrated National Public Lands Day by cleaning up its Living Shoreline on shore of the Potomac River in Piscataway Park. Alice Ferguson Foundation’s annual spring cleanups had been postponed from April due to the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic.

Each year, thousands of volunteers receive free bags and gloves from the Alice Ferguson Foundation and participate in cleanup events in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC. Data collected by the volunteers is shared with local officials to support and measure the impact of proven trash and litter reduction policies such as bag fees and foam bans.

“Instead of doing large cleanup events, we are encouraging people to do smaller cleanups with their friends and families,” said Samantha Battersby, Trash Free Cleanup coordinator. “We have resources and information on how we can stay safe and healthy while still giving back to the environment.”

Two friends collecting plastic bottles from their cleanup site.

Virtual workshops and at-home cleanups have replaced the usual in-person trainings and the annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup, which draws more than 10,000 volunteers each year. So far this year, the Alice Ferguson Foundation hosted seven virtual events for a total of 110 volunteers who learned how to safely organize and lead a successful cleanup.

“Trash is still a problem and it’s not going to just go away by itself. It’s more important than ever for us to provide the tools and tips for individuals and families to make a green difference in the communities they live in,” said Battersby. “Workshop participants are taking what they’ve learned and hosting safe, micro-cleanups.”

Participants are invited to share pictures of their socially distanced cleanup using the hashtag, #PotomacCleanup. Volunteers interested in participating in this years’ cleanup events can contact Samantha Battersby or learn more at PotomacCleanup.org.

The Alice Ferguson Foundation connects people to the natural world, sustainable agricultural practices, and the cultural heritage of their local watershed through education, stewardship, and advocacy.  Learn more at fergusonfoundation.org.

Gates Reopen for Programs at Hard Bargain Farm

September 12th, 2020

Accokeek MD – The Alice Ferguson Foundation is offering a variety of engaging hands-on outdoor programs this fall, including interactive activities for small groups, families, and young children at its historic farm and environmental campus.

“With most of our area schools switching to online learning, it’s more important than ever for kids and families to spend time outdoors, exploring and learning about the world beyond their computer screen,” said Theresa Cullen, Alice Ferguson Foundation’s Executive Director. “We’re eager to welcome students and their families back to Hard Bargain Farm to enjoy our fun, outdoor, and socially distant activities.” 

New educational programs include:

  • Nature Nut Wednesdays, an outdoor play pod and enrichment program for early childhood and elementary-age students, filled with outdoor adventures, laughter, and learning. Featuring five-weeks sessions in the morning or afternoon.
  • Small Group and Family Visits, to visit with the barnyard animals, explore the wetlands and woods with a nature hike or birdwalk, or discover where food comes from as you learn about farming and agriculture at our 1930’s era working farm.
  • And more…

 

The Alice Ferguson Foundation is following the best health safety practices from local health authorities, school officials and Center for Disease Control and Prevention in implementing all of its on-site programming. The Alice Ferguson Foundation will also be engaging schools and students in science-based learning through its virtual field trips and online academic programs. Learn more about Alice Ferguson Foundation’s school virtual program offerings here. 

For more than 65 years, the Alice Ferguson Foundation has shared the wonder and excitement of outdoor hands-on learning with students and residents of Virginia, Maryland, and Washington DC. Located on 330 acres of working farmland, emergent wetlands, and the longest, freshwater Living Shoreline in the nation, the staff and educators of Alice Ferguson Foundation have provided transformative environmental education experiences for nearly half a million area students since 1954. Alice Ferguson Foundation’s team of educators are a critical provider of equitable access to learning that builds environmental literacy skills and connects over 8,000 students to the wonders of their local watershed, and their role in stewarding it. 

Learn more at fergusonfoundation.org.

Nature Nut Wednesdays

10/19/2020 - 11/20/2020
9:00 am - 5:30 pm Nature Nut Wednesdays
Hard Bargain Farm Environmental Center, Accokeek Maryland

Nature Nut Wednesdays

09/16/2020 - 10/14/2020
9:00 am - 3:30 pm Nature Nut Wednesdays
Hard Bargain Farm Environmental Center, Accokeek Maryland

Charles County Adopt A Stream Workshop

09/29/2020
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm Charles County Adopt A Stream Workshop

How To Organize A Cleanup Workshop

09/30/2020
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm How To Organize A Cleanup Workshop

How To Organize A Cleanup Workshop

09/23/2020
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm How To Organize A Cleanup Workshop

Environmental Education Programs Go Virtual For 2020-21 School Year

August 22nd, 2020

Accokeek MD – This school year, the Alice Ferguson Foundation is engaging schools and students in science-based learning through its virtual field trips and online academic programs. 

“Though our gates are closed to school visits, we are doing our part to bring science and nature to life for students across DC, Maryland and Virginia,” said Theresa Cullen, Alice Ferguson Foundation’s Executive Director. “Supporting teachers during this virtual transition and continuing to provide quality environmental and STEM-based experiences is of the utmost importance to our team.” 

 

While executing nine exciting weeks of virtual summer camp, educators spent the summer creating lesson plans and piloting online versions of our programs in our newly designed virtual studio space for the upcoming school year. Virtual programs can include a visit to our barnyard, discovering the macroinvertebrates found in our rivers and streams, or observing birds up close. 

Virtual programs include a variety of activities ranging from 30-minute lessons to 3-hour block interactive learning activities which are all closely aligned with learning standards to provide the most value to teachers and students. 

To learn more about Alice Ferguson Foundation’s program offerings, visit fergusonfoundation.org/virtual-programs/

For more than 65 years, the Alice Ferguson Foundation has shared the wonder and excitement of outdoor hands-on learning with students and residents of Virginia, Maryland, and Washington DC. Located on 330 acres of working farmland, emergent wetlands, and the longest, freshwater Living Shoreline in the nation, the staff and educators of Alice Ferguson Foundation have provided transformative environmental education experiences for nearly half a million area students since 1954. Alice Ferguson Foundation’s team of educators are a critical provider of equitable access to learning that builds environmental literacy skills and connects over 8,000 students to the wonders of their local watershed, and their role in stewarding it. Learn more at fergusonfoundation.org.

Washington DC Adopt A Stream Workshop

09/12/2020
10:00 am - 11:30 am Washington DC Adopt A Stream Workshop

Charles County Adopt A Stream Workshop

08/01/2020
10:30 am - 12:00 pm Charles County Adopt A Stream Workshop