Thanks to the Alice Ferguson Foundation, there’s a special place in Maryland where students from throughout the region can dig in the dirt, take a hike, and catch an unbeatable glimpse of the Potomac. That place is Hard Bargain Farm, which annually hosts nearly 6,000 K-8 students who come to interact with plants and animals about which many of them have – until now – only read. Nearly 4,000 students take part in Bridging the Watershed, a program that takes students to national and state parks in the Potomac Watershed where they learn, hands-on, about how a watershed works and how to keep it clean. Another 14,000 volunteers at nearly 700 sites throughout the Watershed (in four states and the District) participate in a day-long cleanup of the River as part of AFF's comprehensive Trash Free Potomac Watershed Initiative. Each year, AFF helps thousands of people connect with nature by milking a cow or picking up a piece of trash along the river. Won't you pitch in?
Headquarters: MD-Prince George's County
Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Montgomery County; MD-Prince George's County; VA-Statewide; VA-Fairfax County
Age Groups Served: Pre-K (3-4); Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17)
Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic
Population(s) Served: Students
Awards & Recognition
Department of the Interior Partners in Conservation Award 2010
Prince George's County Chamber of Commerce Green Business of the Year 2014
Listed on National Register of Historic Places 2014
- 75 Tons of trash pulled from Potomac River wathershed
Sat Apr 5 2008
Thousands of volunteers are pulling trash and recyclable items from the Potomac River watershed stretching from Virginia to Pennsylvania.
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