Accokeek Foundation

Accokeek Foundation Celebrating 60 years of stewardship, education, and innovation. The Accokeek Foundation is headquartered in Piscataway Park, a national park located on the banks of the Potomac River across from Mount Vernon.
The Accokeek Foundation at Piscataway Park, a nonprofit organization founded in 1957 to preserve the view from George Washington's Mount Vernon, serves the public by providing educational programs about land conservation, historic preservation, sustainable agriculture.

The stewardship of Piscataway Park includes the management and operation of a living history farm, certified-organic farm, heritage breed livestock, as well as providing casual outdoor recreation along the Potomac River.

Walk the nature trails, observe Eastern bluebirds and Yellow Goldfinches, watch as the Tiger and Zebra swallowtails dance across the meadows, enjoy a day at the park, buy fresh, organic produce, volunteer with us, or attend an event.

Support for the Foundation is provided through federal and state funding, private foundations and grants, corporate and individual donors, the United Way, and memberships. Program fees also provide operating support for the Foundation.

To learn more about how you may become a member or volunteer visit www.accokeekfoundation.org or call 301-283-2113.
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As stewards of Piscataway Parkโ€“a national park located on the Maryland shoreline of the Potomac Riverโ€“the Accokeek Foundation carries out its mission to cultivate a passion for the natural and cultural heritage of Piscataway Park and commitment to stewardship and sustainability through its innovative programs that reach thousands of school youth, engage hundreds of volunteers, and fosters a sense of community with visitors annually.

Mission: The Accokeek Foundation mission is to cultivate passion for the cultural and natural resources of Piscataway Park and commitment to stewardship and sustainability.

Yesterday, we headed down to the shoreline to do some "tidying up" in Piscataway Park. *the record rainfall last year br...
01/10/2019

Yesterday, we headed down to the shoreline to do some "tidying up" in Piscataway Park. *the record rainfall last year brought a lot of runoff (and trash) with it

Things that did NOT spark joy: the piles of single use plastic straws.

Things that did spark joy: a lego mini-figure. We named it Hank.

This shot of sunrise this morning taken by MaryAlice Mulheron Bonomo is our #MondayMotivation. It's views like this that...
01/07/2019

This shot of sunrise this morning taken by MaryAlice Mulheron Bonomo is our #MondayMotivation. It's views like this that motivate us to protect Piscataway Park and make Monday mornings a bit more bearable!

With a record amount of rainfall in 2018, we're starting off 2019 feeling a bit waterlogged. Nothing to do but don our f...
01/04/2019

With a record amount of rainfall in 2018, we're starting off 2019 feeling a bit waterlogged. Nothing to do but don our favorite boots and embrace the muck. #FridayFeeling #FridayMotivation #PiscatawayPark

We hope you aren't tired of the piglets yet, because 2019 is the YEAR OF THE PIG! We wish all of our supporters out ther...
01/03/2019

We hope you aren't tired of the piglets yet, because 2019 is the YEAR OF THE PIG! We wish all of our supporters out there in Facebook land a very happy and healthy 2019! ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿฅ‚๐Ÿฝ๐ŸŽ†

No Shutdown for Piscataway Park! The park gates will continue to open daily for visitors to enjoy quiet walks on chilly ...
12/22/2018

No Shutdown for Piscataway Park! The park gates will continue to open daily for visitors to enjoy quiet walks on chilly (or mild - who knows really with this weather? ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ), fishing, and saying Hi to farm friends. The Foundation offices will be closed for the holidays Dec 24, 25, 31, and Jan 1. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽŠ โ„๏ธ

12/20/2018
Our favorite things 2018

๐ŸŽตNeckties on Nigel and freshly shorn sheeps' wool, 4-H club mock shows and snuggling a young bull, ossabaw piglets born just after spring, these are a few of our favorite things!! ๐ŸŽถ

See what else made the list of our favorite things from 2018!

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12/11/2018

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12/09/2018

In case you missed Winter's Eve last night, you can still pick up your holiday gifts at the Visitor Center! Stop in Tuesday-Sunday 10am-4pm until December 16th.

11/29/2018

This year we decided we wanted to do a little giving ourselves for #GivingTuesday, and boy are we glad we did! Foundation staff had a great experience volunteering at Good Food Markets in Ward 5 on Tuesday afternoon. As we work to educate people about regenerative agriculture and sustainable food systems, Good Food Markets works to provide retail solutions that work in, and for, food desert communities. There are so many awesome organizations doing awesome work in this community, and we really enjoyed spending some time getting to know the people at Good Food Markets!

This weather is making for a dreary and wet first day back at the farm after a long holiday weekend, but it is pretty id...
11/26/2018

This weather is making for a dreary and wet first day back at the farm after a long holiday weekend, but it is pretty ideal weather for staying inside and shopping online. For all of you #CyberMonday shoppers out there, remember to use Amazon Smile and designate the Accokeek Foundation as your charity. 5% of everything you purchase will be donated to the Foundation (today, and everyday!).

Today isnโ€™t just Black Friday. In Maryland weโ€™re celebrating Native American Heritage Day. Today, and everyday, we h...
11/23/2018
Piscataway Voices: Sharing Cultural Connections

Today isnโ€™t just Black Friday. In Maryland weโ€™re celebrating Native American Heritage Day. Today, and everyday, we hope to provide a space for Piscataway voices to be heard, to tell their own story, and to remind everyone โ€œweโ€™re still here.โ€

Nov192015Piscataway Indigenous CultureAn introduction to Piscataway Voices, a three-part blog series that shares the heritage and culture of Marylandโ€™s Native people โ€” Piscataway โ€” and the individual perspectives of Native people, their relationship to land, stewardship, and each other. Piscat...

Happy Thanksgiving from the Accokeek Foundation! We are so thankful for this incredible place we get to call home, Pisca...
11/22/2018

Happy Thanksgiving from the Accokeek Foundation! We are so thankful for this incredible place we get to call home, Piscataway Park, and the community that helps us care for it. We're also thankful for the opportunity to share a meal with loved ones (black sheep welcome at our slop trough!) and for the farmers and producers that make these shared meals possible. And piglets. We're thankful for piglets.

Foundation offices and the Visitor Center will be closed tomorrow and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday, but the park ...
11/22/2018

Foundation offices and the Visitor Center will be closed tomorrow and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday, but the park and trails will be open. Take a walk before or after dinner tomorrow, and choose to #OptOutside on Friday instead of hit the mall. You can download a trails map here: https://accokeekfoundation.org/nature-trails/ or pick one up outside the Visitor Center.

Last weekend of the season! Join us on the National Colonial Farm for Secrets of 1770 .Saturday, 11/17-10am-4pm: colonia...
11/17/2018

Last weekend of the season! Join us on the National Colonial Farm for Secrets of 1770 .

Saturday, 11/17
-10am-4pm: colonial beverages
-10am-4pm: Visitor Center open
-11am: guided farm tour
-12:30pm-2:30pm: colonial cooking

Sunday, 11/18
-10am-4pm: candle dipping
-10am-4pm: Visitor Center open
-11am-4pm: Teas, Tonics, & Tinctures
-2:30pm: guided farm tour

All activities are free. For more weekend events, visit accokeekfoundation.org/events.

Weโ€™ve got new buttons in! Stop by the Visitor Center from now until December 16 to pick up the button that most speaks...
11/13/2018

Weโ€™ve got new buttons in! Stop by the Visitor Center from now until December 16 to pick up the button that most speaks to you. #cuteAF #majesticAF #oldAF #weareAF #AccokeekFoundation #nationalcolonialfarm #piscatawaypark

The Boltons were humbled to host a local 18th century celebrity yesterday, General William Smallwood. He told us all abo...
11/12/2018

The Boltons were humbled to host a local 18th century celebrity yesterday, General William Smallwood. He told us all about serving with his friend George Washington in the Revolutionary War and his path to become the 4th governor of Maryland.

A planter on the shore of Mattawoman Creek, William Smallwood went on to be the highest ranked Marylander in the Revolut...
11/11/2018

A planter on the shore of Mattawoman Creek, William Smallwood went on to be the highest ranked Marylander in the Revolutionary War alongside his friend George Washington. Get a glimpse into his life at 2pm today for a free living history performance on the National Colonial Farm as a part of Secrets of 1770.

Celebrate Veterans Day with General and Governor William Smallwood tomorrow at 2pm! Join us on the National Colonial Far...
11/11/2018

Celebrate Veterans Day with General and Governor William Smallwood tomorrow at 2pm! Join us on the National Colonial Farm for a free engaging living history presentation for Secrets of 1770.

Here he is celebrating All Hallows' Eve!

Get creative with colors today at the Visitor Center until 4pm!๐ŸŒˆ
11/10/2018

Get creative with colors today at the Visitor Center until 4pm!๐ŸŒˆ

11/09/2018

If you think this is cool, stop by the visitor center tomorrow 10am-4pm for a papermarbling activity at the Underspace exhibit for Secrets of 1770.

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11/08/2018

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Join the Accokeek Foundation on Saturday, December 8 from 4-8 pm to celebrate the season! Find more info in the events s...
11/08/2018

Join the Accokeek Foundation on Saturday, December 8 from 4-8 pm to celebrate the season! Find more info in the events section of our page!

How many strikes does it take to create a spark? A lot! An 18th century essential, flint strikers meant warmth, light, a...
11/06/2018

How many strikes does it take to create a spark? A lot! An 18th century essential, flint strikers meant warmth, light, and a full belly. A big thank you to Island Farm c.1847 for providing our historical interpreters with wonderful handmade strikers!

RECYCLE YOUR JACK-O-LANTERNS when you donate your Halloween pumpkins to the Ossabaw piglets. Pigs LOVE pumpkins (and the...
11/03/2018

RECYCLE YOUR JACK-O-LANTERNS when you donate your Halloween pumpkins to the Ossabaw piglets. Pigs LOVE pumpkins (and theyโ€™re super healthy for them!), so this weekend weโ€™ll be collecting pumpkins to give our Ossabaws a special feast. You can drop off your pumpkins at the Visitor Center between 10 and 4 today and tomorrow. *No painted pumpkins pleaseโ€”carved and whole only.*

11/02/2018

Join us on the National Colonial Farm this weekend for some fall fun as a part of Secrets of 1770 ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚๐ŸŽ

Saturday, 11/3
-10am-4pm: candle dipping
-10am-4pm: Visitor Center open
-11am: guided farm tour

Sunday, 11/4
-10am-4pm: apple butter making
-10am-4pm: Visitor Center open
-2:30pm: guided farm tour

All activities are free. For more weekend events, visit accokeekfoundation.org/events.

And the winner is...BUDDY! Congrats to Buddy on winning our costume contest with his Buddyweiser costume! And thank you ...
11/02/2018

And the winner is...BUDDY! Congrats to Buddy on winning our costume contest with his Buddyweiser costume!

And thank you to all the other adorable pup-testants and to everyone that voted.

Meet Buddy! Buddy dressed up as "Buddyweiser" for Halloween this year. He is 4 years old and his favorite thing to do is slide down hills on his back.

Help us decide which of these adorable pooches should win the Tails on Trail: Howl-o-ween costume contest! The pup with ...
10/29/2018

Help us decide which of these adorable pooches should win the Tails on Trail: Howl-o-ween costume contest! The pup with the most "reactions" on their photo will win a prize basket full of Halloween toys and treats! Give these festive canines some love and choose your favorite pup/costume! ๐Ÿ‘ป๐Ÿ•๐ŸŽƒ

Get crafty with your canine this Saturday! Create paw print art or even sit for a pup portrait at Tails on Trails: Howl-...
10/25/2018

Get crafty with your canine this Saturday! Create paw print art or even sit for a pup portrait at Tails on Trails: Howl-o-ween.

10/24/2018
Careers

We are hiring two full time positions! Join our team as an Education Coordinator or Interpretation Coordinator.

The Accokeek Foundation is seeking applicants for the following opportunities. For general inquiries and more information, please email [email protected].

WANTED: SMILING FURRY FACES! In the lead up to Tails on Trails: Howl-o-ween this Saturday, you can show off your fur bab...
10/24/2018

WANTED: SMILING FURRY FACES! In the lead up to Tails on Trails: Howl-o-ween this Saturday, you can show off your fur baby on the #PupsofPiscatawayPark bulletin board at the Visitor Center.

We would be more than willing to snap a quick photo of your pet or simply bring in your own to pin up.They may even get a treat or two!

10/24/2018

See you and your furry friend at Tails on Trails: Howl-o-ween this Saturday 11am-3pm rain or shine!๐Ÿฆ‡๐Ÿ•๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ๐Ÿญ

Where are all of our fiber artists at!? Check out this awesome new initiative from The Livestock Conservancy to promote ...
10/23/2018

Where are all of our fiber artists at!? Check out this awesome new initiative from The Livestock Conservancy to promote heritage breed wool. Sign up today for more information--and you know where to come when it's time to stamp your fiber passport with HOG ISLAND wool ๐Ÿ˜‰

Coming early 2019... Sign up to receive updates at www.RareWool.org.

10/21/2018

Unfortunately, Secrets of 1770: Tinctures, Tonics, & Teas is canceled today. The National Colonial Farm and the Visitor Center are open from 10am-4pm.

A big thank you to Maxwell Hall for inviting us to their Colonial Market Fair this past Saturday. Shemika Demouchet Berr...
10/15/2018

A big thank you to Maxwell Hall for inviting us to their Colonial Market Fair this past Saturday. Shemika Demouchet Berry gave a moving performance as Cate Sharper.

10/13/2018

The sun is shining and the wax is melted! Come by the National Colonial Farm this weekend from 10am to 4pm to dip your own candles.

10/12/2018

It's #nationalfarmersday and we want to thank the farmers on staff for helping conserve heritage breeds and saving the seeds of heirloom crops and vegetables. We also want to thank all of the volunteers that help our farmers with their chores each year. Have you thanked a farmer today?

Come find our table at the Balkan Chestnut Festival at Wyoming Farm, LLC on Saturday! Try out some papermarbling and tak...
10/12/2018

Come find our table at the Balkan Chestnut Festival at Wyoming Farm, LLC on Saturday! Try out some papermarbling and take home a bookmark to commemorate the day. See you there!

10/09/2018

Ready for fall? Grab some pumpkin spice candles, wassail cider spices, or Halloween themed sustainable jewelry at the Visitor Center!

"We can talk about hard things and survive it. We can think about the past with compassion for others and ourselves. And...
10/08/2018
raceAhead: Happy Indigenous Peoples' Day

"We can talk about hard things and survive it. We can think about the past with compassion for others and ourselves. And nobody has to disappear."

Cities and states are increasingly abandoning Columbus Day celebrations, and the backlash is... mild.

10/07/2018
Ssssssssssssss!

Spotted a new friend on the staff road! He told me his name is Ssssstephen Ssssslithers and we think he is a rough green snake.

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