Our Spaces & Rentals


The Alice Ferguson Foundation provides a number of rental options on its historic environmental education campus in Accokeek, Maryland. With views of Mount Vernon across the Potomac River and up river to Washington, D.C., this bucolic setting feels like a ‘world away’ from the hustle and bustle of the Nation’s Capital, but in reality is just a few miles south of the city in Maryland’s Prince George’s County.

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The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Environmental Center

Designed to meet the net-zero energy, net-zero water, carbon neutral and non-toxic component requirements of the Living Building Challenge, the Foundation’s environmental is one of the most energy-efficient and greenest buildings in the world. Maximizing the use of natural light through clerestory and numerous other windows, the building is an extension of the natural beauty and landscape of Piscataway National Park, in which it is situated. The building is a central component of our environmental education campus and working farm.

Building Capacity: 120 standing, 60 seated (depending on seating style)

Amenities include:

  • Catering kitchen and meeting facility.
  • Chairs and long and round tables available.
  • Outdoor deck space with picnic tables.
  • Welcome and overview of this unique building, its operating systems, and its green features, such as restroom facilities featuring nutrient recycling toilets.



Tours and additional breakout meeting space available upon request.



Hilltop Gardens & Historic Property

Available for Meetings, Weddings & Reception

The hilltop Ferguson farmhouse, collections, and gardens embody design trends and lifestyle from the Country Place Era (1890-1940). The house and gardens are perched on a hilltop with views to the Potomac River across to Mount Vernon and up river to Washington, DC. Alice L.L. Ferguson designed the gardens to grace porches using arbors of rose, grape, and wisteria, formalize entrances with boxwoods for a touch of the formal, and emphasize views with a spacious lawn flanked by pathways with colorful perennials, magnolia, and dogwood. The existing farmhouse interior was designed by Alice L.L. Ferguson and furnished with items collected by the Fergusons.

Capacity: Up to 150 for reception events in the garden. 15 for meetings in the Farmhouse.

Amenities include:

  • Use of the 1930’s era farmhouse living room and upstairs landing for reception or wedding party.
  • Fergie’s Office, a one-room outbuilding adjacent to the garden and the farmhouse, was used by Henry Ferguson, an acclaimed geologist. This makes a perfect and peaceful staging location for the groom and attendants, or a quiet meeting space.
  • Limited kitchen space available.


Tours and additional breakout meeting space available upon request.



Sleeping Cabins

Set in the heart of Alice Ferguson Foundation’s educational campus, these two sleeping cabins provide overnight accommodations for visitors and groups. A campfire ring is nearby, great for roasting hot dogs and marshmallows and often used for spooky stories or to just relax under the stars.

Capacity: 20 persons per sleeping cabin

Amenities include:

  • Bunk-style sleeping space.
  • Bathrooms have two showers, toilets, and sinks in each building.
  • Sleeping cabins are heated and air-conditioned.



Theater Rental

This historical outdoor amphitheater provides the perfect space for outdoor concert, theater, and other outdoor events. Originally built in the early 1930’s by Alice and Henry Ferguson, the original stage a half-circle of concrete in the woods. Since then, the updated and modernized stage has hosted hundreds of bands and theater productions from across the Maryland, DC and Virginia region. 

Capacity: 110 seating capacity

Amenities include:

  • Raised stage with backstage area
  • Sound (microphone, sound board, speaker, AV, AV tech support additional)
  • Stage lighting (three dimmer packs, 12 channel light board, 4 fresnels, 8-source 4 pars)
  • Seating and setup available (plastic chairs)
  • Two bathrooms
  • ADA compliant
  • Walkway and parking lighting for evening events








School Groups/Education Programs: Reservations for day and overnight field experiences are available for public and private school groups. Hard Bargain Farm’s education programs include guided hands-on outdoor education experiences. Overnight field experiences are housed in the bunkhouses. Click here for more program Information.

For information contact the Alice Ferguson Foundation at 301-292-5665.