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What to Expect

Date: April 22, 2023

Be prepared to get dirty and have fun - while staying safe!

Participant Requirements for Volunteer and Recreational Events

Note: Protocols and requirements are subject to change based on state, local, and federal guidance and/or our own organizational determinations.

Volunteers must agree and comply to our COVID-19 protocols in order to participate. You will be required to agree to the following statements during registration:

  1. COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements: The Anacostia Watershed Society requires that all participants who are eligible for the COVID-19 Vaccine be fully vaccinated per the CDC guidelines and attest to being fully vaccinated in order to participate in any of our events. AWS also highly recommends that all participants be up-to-date on booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine when eligible. Please see additional requirements listed in the below sections.
  2. Self-monitoring: All AWS event and worksite participants are required to:
    • Complete our Event Waiver Form and our COVID-19 screening questionnaire prior to participation.
    • If you have not been fully vaccinated and are eligible to receive the vaccination (i.e. 6 months or older), please do not come to the event.
    • If you are sick or exhibiting symptoms associated with COVID-19 (such as fever, chills, cough, sore throat, difficulty breathing, loss of taste or smell, etc.), do not come to the event.
    • If you are able to attend the event and become ill within one week of participating in the event, please report this to [email protected] (our Human Resources email address). We will keep your identity confidential, but want to notify those who may have been exposed.
  3. Masks:
    • AWS does not require masks indoors or outdoors for event/worksite participants. Wearing a mask indoors or outdoors during AWS programing is an individual’s choice that is to be respected and supported.
    • In addition, wearing a mask is optional for all AWS employees and representatives, except when required or requested by program participants or while conducting AWS business at other locations (e.g. schools) that require/request masking.
    • There may come a time when we see a spike in COVID-19 infections and masks could become required again.
  4. Reservations: Pre-registration is encouraged and may be required via AWS’s website ( All registrations require each participant to complete our Event Waiver Form and our COVID-19 screening questionnaire prior to participation.

Before you arrive read the section below on "What to Bring."

More questions? Read our FAQ by clicking here.

When you arrive double check your meetup site in your confirmation email (some sites are big with multiple entrances!) and look for #AWSEarthDay signs to check in.

Site leaders will brief you on basic safety measures to ensure that everyone has a safe, fun time. All tools and supplies needed will be provided during check in - no need to bring your own gloves unless you have a favorite pair.

This is a family friendly event and kids are welcome! However, all participants under 18 must also have completed registration.
If you are under 18, you will need a parent/guardian to digitally consent to your participation during registration.

Group Registrations are limited for 2022

  1. Members of groups are strongly encouraged to sign up individually. If you have more questions, please contact Emily Castelli at [email protected].
  2. More questions? See if there is an answer on our FAQ by clicking here.

What to Bring

  1. Closed-toe shoes and long pants are a must.
  2. A water bottle
  3. A small snack, if need be.
  4. Under 18:
    • This event counts for Student Service Learning Hours (SSL)! If you bring your forms, site leaders and AWS staff will sign off on your hard work.

Please remember to dress appropriately for the weather (rain or shine!) and wear clothes you won't mind getting dirty.


Our friends at the Alice Ferguson Foundation have an instructive video with safety tips. For more information, click here to read more on Alice Ferguson's website then click on the tab for training.

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]