Washington DC Adopt A Stream Workshop

10:00 am - 11:30 am Washington DC Adopt A Stream Workshop

Charles County Adopt A Stream Workshop

10:30 am - 12:00 pm Charles County Adopt A Stream Workshop

Charles County Youth Orchestra Performance

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Charles County Youth Orchestra Performance
Hard Bargain Farm Environmental Center, Accokeek Maryland

Independence Day Concert

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Independence Day Concert

Brunch at the Barn

10:00 am - 11:30 am Brunch at the Barn

Environmental Education Programs Pause Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

March 25th, 2020

Accokeek MD – In light of the recent developments regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and school closings, the Alice Ferguson Foundation has suspended all education programs and events until further notice. 

“Our community faces historic challenges with the growing COVID-19 pandemic. To do our part, we are cancelling all of our upcoming events and keeping the health and safety of our community, staff, and students a priority,” said Theresa Cullen, Alice Ferguson Foundation’s Executive Director. “Amid the stress and uncertainty, it’s never been more critical to support each other and reduce transmission. Our thoughts are with all those impacted, as well as those caring for others.”

Cancelled programs include:

  • All Spring educational programming, impacting more than 5,600 students.
  • The Potomac River Watershed Cleanup, cancelling more than 265 cleanup events in April
  • All special events through May, including Pinot on the Potomac, Spring Farm Festival and all meetings and workshops


The Alice Ferguson Foundation will be referring to local health authorities, school officials and Center for Disease Control and Prevention for guidance on when it is reasonable and safe to resume and reschedule programs and events.

The Alice Ferguson Foundation relies heavily on grant funding we receive from serving the more than 8,000 school children who participate in our programs each year to experience the wonder and excitement of being in the out-of-doors. The income the Alice Ferguson Foundation receives from these trips pays for our educators and support staff and for the upkeep of our property and buildings. With schools being cancelled, it means that the students are not able to experience all that is magical here, and that the Foundation’s regular funding sources – which provide funds to pay educators and support staff, and for the upkeep of the property and buildings – are on hold.

People continue to ask how they can help the Alice Ferguson Foundation during these uncertain times. To ensure our gates remain open in the future, visit www.fergusonfoundation.org/support.

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.

Bridging The Watershed: Teacher Workshop

08/11/2020 - 08/13/2020
9:30 am - 4:00 pm Bridging The Watershed: Teacher Workshop

Bird Walk

9:00 am - 11:00 am Bird Walk
Hard Bargain Farm, Accokeek MD

Potomac River Watershed Cleanup

9:00 am - 12:00 pm Potomac River Watershed Cleanup
Alice Ferguson Foundation, Accokeek Maryland

Alice Ferguson Foundation Welcomes New Executive Director

September 25th, 2019

The Alice Ferguson Foundation welcomed Theresa Cullen as its new Executive Director in late August. Cullen joins the Alice Ferguson Foundation with more than 25 years of experience in education in the United States and internationally. Most recently, she served as Head of The American School in Switzerland, where she directed the operational and instructional program for 200 students on a 3-campus school, as well as a 45-member faculty in the areas of curriculum development and best education practices. As Head, she also managed operating and fiscal budgets in addition to managing admission and placement of students.

Born and raised in Prince George’s County, Cullen often visited the Accokeek area to swim and canoe on the river with her family. She is a strong advocate for our mission and the community we serve.

“I believe that all individuals, particularly children, should be part of a beautiful environment for learning. Being outdoors is critical to their development and to the future not only of our region and country, but of the world,” said Cullen. “Getting children out of the classroom to really experience hands-on learning is essential for them to connect concepts taught in the classroom with their real world surroundings.”

In her role as Executive Director, Cullen will oversee finances, staff operations and strategic priorities of the organization, and partner with Alice Ferguson Foundation’s Board of Directors on organizational planning.

“I’m energized to blend my education background with the operational demands of an established nonprofit,” said Cullen. “Our greatest opportunities to build educational and stewardship successes, at the moment, lie within the business side of the Foundation, and I’m excited to focus there, behind the scenes of our impactful programming.” 

Cullen is eager to begin cultivating relationships with the community, beginning with our upcoming Fall Nature Series, which includes six adventures on our 330-acre riverfront working farm led by our environmental educators. The highlight of the series lineup is Alice Ferguson Foundation’s inaugural Fall Farm Day at Hard Bargain Farm on Saturday, October 26 from 11 AM – 4 PM. Families are invited to enjoy our picturesque views and participate in activities unique to Hard Bargain Farm, such as wetland explorations, hayrides, garden and farmyard tours, and much more.

Located in Accokeek, Maryland, the Alice Ferguson Foundation educational programs unite students, educators, park rangers, communities, regional organizations, and government agencies throughout Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.to promote the environmental sustainability of the Potomac River watershed.