Environmental events in July and August



Many “green” learning and service opportunities are happening in DC this summer.

Summer in DC offers many opportunities to get involved in keeping our communities and our world healthy. This calendar of July and August “green” events runs the gamut from family-friendly river cleanups to in-depth learning opportunities with climate experts.

Community Tree Care with Casey Trees

What: Help weed, mulch and water vulnerable young trees so they can grow and become part of the city’s shady canopy.

Where: RFK Stadium; 2408 Independence Avenue, SE

When: Friday, July 22, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

National Speaking Tour on Climate Solutions Beyond Capitalism

What: Discover the real options for protecting our warming planet with Tina Landis, activist and author of the book Climate Solutions Beyond Capitalism.

Where: Justice Center; 617 Florida Ave, NW

When: Friday, July 22, 6:00 p.m.

Deanwood Summer Treetop Walk

What: Stroll on a guided tour organized by Deanwood Citizens Association and Capital Nature to learn about Deanwood trees and local history.

Where: Deanwood Recreation Center; 1350 49th Street, NE

When: Sunday July 24, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Anacostia River Explorers Public Tour

What: Join Anacostia Riverkeepers for a free guided boat tour to learn about the river’s history and wildlife, as well as the environmental threats it faces and their potential solutions.

Where: The shipyard marina; 1492 4th Street, SE

When: Tuesday July 26; 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Fort Stanton Park Volunteer Day

What: Help restore the health and beauty of Fort Stanton Park by clearing litter and reducing invasive vines that choke out trees during this monthly event with Ward 8 Woods Conservancy.

Where: Fort Stanton Recreation Center; 1812 Erie Street SE

When: Saturday August 6, 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Volunteer with the environmental division of DC Parks and Recreation

What: Help assemble DPR’s Seed Subscription Boxes, monthly home gardening kits that DC residents can order for free.

Where: Lederer Youth Gardens Greenhouse, Lederer Gardens; 4801 Nannie Avenue Helen Burroughs, NE

When: Thursday August 11, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

UMD Symposium on Environmental Justice and Health Disparities

What: Examine ongoing environmental and climate justice issues affecting the DMV and beyond during a three-day conference with fellow community members, advocates, nonprofit organizers, policymakers, researchers, and students.

Where: Adele H. Stamp Student Union, UMD; 3972 Campus Drive, College Park

When: August 11-13; the first two days are entirely virtual, while the last day is in person.

Shepherd Drive Community Cleanup

What: Ward 8 Woods is offering another monthly volunteer service opportunity to help restore and maintain the federally owned park corridor between I-295 and the Congress Heights and Bellevue neighborhoods.

Where: 555 Newcomb Street SE

When: Saturday August 13, 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Explore the pollinator garden

What: Join this monthly learning opportunity where experts walk you through pollinators and pollinating plants, and how to start and maintain your own pollinator garden of any size.

Where: Accotink Lake Park Pollinator Garden Margaret Kinder; 7500 Accotink Park Road, Springfield, Virginia

When: Sunday August 14, 10:30 a.m.

Photo exhibition: A changing Amazon

What: Learn what climate change and conservation solutions look like in the Amazon Basin through a photography exhibit curated by the Embassy of Peru.

Where: Embassy of Peru; 1700 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

When: Open daily during opening hours until August 17

Potomac River Cleanup on Columbia Island

What: Join Potomac Conservancy for a trash cleanup aimed at keeping the river safe and healthy for recreation.

Where: Columbia Island; Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove on the Potomac

When: Saturday August 20, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

National Harbor River Cleanup

What: Tackle the Potomac River’s litter pollution problem at this monthly plastic collection event hosted by the Potomac Riverkeeper Network.

Where: national port; 165 Waterfront Street, Oxon Hill, MD

When: Saturday August 20, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.


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