"Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love."
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
MLK Jr. Day of Service is this upcoming Monday! It's a great opportunity to get your hands dirty, make friends with new neighbors, and take part of the on-going efforts to strengthen our community. We've selected a handful of events to feature below, and even more listed on our community calendar.
The Week Ahead:
This week, we will have a short burst of warmer days (low 60s today!) before we return to low 30s this weekend with possible snow and ice on Saturday. Don't forget to look up, full moon is on tonight.
Linking Roosevelt Island with George Washington's Estate in Mount Vernon, the Mount Vernon Trail is undoubtedly one of DC's most popular multi-use recreational trails, and one that greatly contributes to why #DCOutdoors is becoming more attractive for outdoor enthusiasts. With 18 miles in total, the trail can be easily broken down into smaller sections, or tackled as an out and back for those aspiring to train for long distance events, whether it’s running, biking, or walking. We absolutely love DC’s skyline view that the trail offers as it winds alongside the Potomac River, and that there are multiple connection points with other landmarks and regional trails, including the Potomac Heritage, Custis, Rock Creek, Four Mile Run, and Woodrow Wilson Bridge Trails. For the most part, the trail is fairly paved and flat with occasional rolling hills. However, the last mile heading toward Mount Vernon has a pretty good climb - save the best for the last! ;-)
In the past few years, Anacostia River has earned deserved federal and regional interests in restoring this great river and its ecosystem. Pope Branch Creek, one of Anacostia’s major tributaries, has had a similar uplifting turnaround. Not happy with a neglected park, Joseph Glover and his family decided to get their hands dirty, in act of civic ecology, and reclaim the space - taking a walk by the stream and picking up trash and debris along the way. That small action from a single family resonated with many other community residents and activists and, since then, there have been great efforts, both grassroot and top-down, to turn around the state of the park. DC Water also reports that over $4 million will be invested in a restorative project to make Pope Branch a natural, sustainable water-way. In this week’s newsletter, we feature below Anacostia Riverkeeper’s cleanup event at Pope Branch Park, which is in their 10th year doing so. Bravo!
Join Rock Creek Conservancy and the National Park Service as we celebrate the Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend of Service. This Saturday, volunteers will help remove trash and invasive plant species in two sections of Rock Creek Park - Piney Branch and Broad Branch. Please dress appropriately for the weather. We recommend long pants and sleeves to prevent contact with poison ivy. Bring water, tools, and gloves if you have them, though necessary supplies will be provided on-site. For Piney Branch, volunteers will meet at Picnic Area 29 near 17th Street and Piney Branch Parkway NW. For Broad Branch, volunteers will meet near the intersection of Nevada Ave NW and 36th St NW.
Did you think winter temperatures would keep us from the river?! Never! Potomac Conservancy is looking for volunteers to help kick off 2017 by honoring Martin Luther King Jr. with a day of service along the river. Last year, local volunteers kept nearly six tons of trash out of the Potomac. Together let's beat that record in 2017! Open to all ages. All the necessary supplies will be provided - just bring yourself and a few friends to help out.
Join Anacostia Riverkeeper for their first big cleanup event of 2017 at Pope Branch Park! Chesapeake Bay Roasting Co. will supply coffee and Whole Foods will provide snacks. Wear closed-toe shoes and clothes you don't mind getting dirty. Supplies will be ready on-site. Meet at 2900 M Place SE. In 2015, hardworking volunteers collected 11,635 lbs of trash!
Join the Friends of Theodore Roosevelt Island and the D.C. Chapter of the Sierra Club for a volunteer outing on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. All hands on deck are needed to spruce up the island and its environs. Tasks will include invasive species removal and debris clean up. RSVP to let them know you're coming or just show up, all are welcome.