Anacostia Watershed Society's

2020 Earth Day Cleanup

Saturday, October 3rd
But you can participate in a virtual Earth Month in April 2020!



Be a Hero of the Anacostia River!

Volunteer with the Anacostia Watershed Society in the area's premier annual Earth Day Cleanup. Join thousands of community members to clean up our neighborhoods, parks, streams, and the Anacostia River.


Location: Sites on the map below around the Anacostia Watershed in Washington DC, and Montgomery and Prince George's Counties in Maryland. Plus your own neighborhoods, parks, and other outdoor areas!

Choose your Site

Virtual Earth Month

With the CDC recommending social distancing, we do still encourage everyone to celebrate Earth Day by doing a solo or household cleanup! Grab a bag and cleanup along your neighborhood walk, or go to one of the sites below that we have already identified as needing our help especially. Take a pic and tag with #AWSEarthDay and #AnacostiaRiverStrong and we may feature you on our blog, email, and social media!

Click on a site for more information and to register.
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  • "I want to give back what some of the outdoors has given me, and take care of what we have been given."

    Resident – Westminster, MD

    "As our world is expanding, it’s critical that I take a stand to make it the best place possible."

    Youth - Lanham, MD

  • "To help make the environment a safer and cleaner place; get active in the community.

    Resident - Ellicott City, MD

    "I am eager to help my community and eliminate pollution all around me because it affects our well-being."

    Youth - Capitol Heights, MD

  • "(I am) already doing my own thing by picking up trash on the Anacostia River while I paddle my kayak... I would like to meet other likeminded people and diversify my efforts."

    Resident - Berwyn Heights, MD

    "(It’s the) right thing to do."

    Resident - Greebelt, MD

  • "I paddle on the Anacostia frequently and want it to be cleaner for paddlers and wildlife."

    Resident - Arlington, VA

    "I want to instill the personal and social values of volunteering in my children."

    Resident - Washington, DC

  • "As a local resident of Bladensburg, I can appreciate the historical significance of the Anacostia and wish to help restore it."

    Resident - Bladensburg, MD

    "It is very important for the health and well-being of DC and its residents to ensure the cleanliness and vitality of the Anacostia River. I would love to help in any way I can."

    Resident - Washington, DC

Who to Contact

Once you have registered, please only contact your site leader with site specific questions or concerns about location and directions. You can find your site leader contact information in the confirmation email you receive upon registering. We encourage you to have your site leader's phone number handy on the day of the event in case you need assistance finding your site that morning.

General Questions

AWS Staff


[email protected]

Site Leader Questions

Stacy Lucas

301-699-6204 x119

[email protected]

Corporate Sponsorship

Emily Conrad

301-699-6204 x111

[email protected]

Press Inquiries

Emily Conrad

301-699-6204 x111

[email protected]