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.

As stewards of Piscataway Park–a national park located on the Maryland shoreline of the Potomac River–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.

Potomac Conservancy
06/07/2019
Potomac Conservancy

Potomac Conservancy

Our Potomac River dolphins might be named after the native peoples of the Potomac watershed. Learn which indigenous nation's land you live on by visiting this mapping project.

Then vote #TeamPowhatanandPiscataway in our #NamePotomacDolphins contest at potomac.org/name-potomac-dolphins

This weekend in Piscataway Park! Minnie and Garrett are getting married this weekend on the National Colonial Farm! Join...
06/07/2019

This weekend in Piscataway Park!

Minnie and Garrett are getting married this weekend on the National Colonial Farm! Join us for the festivities (free to attend) to experience an authentic 18th-century wedding ceremony.

This weekend's guided nature hike is "Magnify Your World," and the first people to register will receive a complimentary magnified bug box! It's $5 per person, or free if you're an Accokeek Foundation member.

https://accokeekfoundation.org/events/

Hope to see you in the park this weekend!

Where's our amateur photographers at? The National Park Foundation's 2019 #ShareTheExperience photo contest is open for ...
06/07/2019
Share the Experience Photo Contest

Where's our amateur photographers at? The
National Park Foundation's 2019 #ShareTheExperience photo contest is open for submissions. There's a sad lack of
Piscataway Park photos, so let's change that! 📸

Love these shots of the Ossabaw-lets from Whitney Hanson Photography, Waldorf, MD!
06/06/2019

Love these shots of the Ossabaw-lets from Whitney Hanson Photography, Waldorf, MD!

Featuring a different kind of baby today 😍 Walked around the Accokeek Foundation with a friend a couple of weeks ago and finally got to see some of their newest additions to the farm. If you've never checked out the foundation before, you should! It's absolutely gorgeous and their mission is pretty awesome, too!

Accokeek Foundation's cover photo
06/06/2019

Accokeek Foundation's cover photo

06/05/2019

This weekend’s nature hike is “Magnify Your World.” Explore the small but mighty life of Piscataway Park for a whole new perspective on your favorite place. It’ll be like you’re in “Honey, I Shrunk The Kids,” and you may even get to ride on an ant. (No promises, though)

Abbott's Mill Nature Center
06/04/2019
Abbott's Mill Nature Center

Abbott's Mill Nature Center

Looking for Father's Day fun?! Join us on our Mallows Bay “Ghost Fleet” Eco-Tour, Sat, Jun 15, as we explore this historic site along the Potomac River in Maryland. We'll also tour the Accokeek Foundation's National Colonial Farm and then stop for dinner in Kent Island.

Volunteer while out in Nature and get double the health benefit!! Like playing in the dirt and learning about plants? Ho...
06/04/2019
Volunteering Is the Best Kept Secret for Mental Health

Volunteer while out in Nature and get double the health benefit!! Like playing in the dirt and learning about plants? How about clearing trails and removing invasive vines? Or maybe you like it outdoors just a little bit and prefer greeting visitors to the park? We’ve got a volunteer job for you! Learn more how to work alongside our talented crew at https://accokeekfoundation.org/volunteer/.

I noticed how much volunteering was helping with my anxiety and stress, and there’s science to back it up.

Cate Sharper, a real enslaved woman whose story we tell on the National Colonial Farm, was part of "Mrs. Bolton's" dowry...
06/03/2019
The Massive, Overlooked Role of Female Slave Owners

Cate Sharper, a real enslaved woman whose story we tell on the National Colonial Farm, was part of "Mrs. Bolton's" dowry when she married "Mr. Bolton."

You can learn more about Cate and her life during this month's Museum Theater presentations.

https://accokeekfoundation.org/events/

Most Americans know that George Washington owned enslaved people at his Mount Vernon home. But fewer probably know that it was his wife, Martha, who

06/01/2019
Dear Dolphins, Swim up to say hi to us in Piscataway Park. We'll throw you a party. With delicious fishes for you, and p...
05/31/2019
Potomac Conservancy

Dear Dolphins,

Swim up to say hi to us in Piscataway Park. We'll throw you a party. With delicious fishes for you, and pizza for us.

Sincerely,
AF

Reason #4,682 to keep pollution out of the Potomac- there are dolphins in it!

05/29/2019
George Washington's Mount Vernon

Thank you to George Washington's Mount Vernon for coming to visit us today! Do you have any questions for us about this unique viewshed preservation story? #preservationmonth

Today, we hopped across the Potomac River from Mount Vernon to talk with our partners at the Accokeek Foundation in Piscataway Park!

05/29/2019
George Washington's Mount Vernon

George Washington's Mount Vernon

Today, we hopped across the Potomac River from Mount Vernon to talk with our partners at the Accokeek Foundation in Piscataway Park!

05/29/2019
George Washington's Mount Vernon

We’re live with George Washington's Mount Vernon!

We're broacasting live from across the river with the Accokeek Foundation in Piscataway Park!

Tune in at 1 pm for a Facebook Live chat with Mount Vernon in honor of #PreservationMonth! Comment if you have any quest...
05/29/2019

Tune in at 1 pm for a Facebook Live chat with Mount Vernon in honor of #PreservationMonth!

Comment if you have any questions you'd like us to answer during the broadcast!

Can you spot the Mansion in the distance? We're heading to this location across the Potomac River for our final Facebook Live in our weekly series for #PreservationMonth, Behind the Scaffolding!

Tomorrow we'll be leaving the scaffolding behind to talk about the preservation of not just Washington's home, but Washington's view, with our partners at the Accokeek Foundation in Piscataway Park. Ask us any questions you have now, and tune in Wednesday, May 29 at 1:00 pm!

THIS WEEKEND IN PISCATAWAY PARK: https://accokeekfoundation.org/events/Taste some sweet 18th century treats, listen to t...
05/24/2019

THIS WEEKEND IN PISCATAWAY PARK: https://accokeekfoundation.org/events/

Taste some sweet 18th century treats, listen to the National Colonial Farm's best storytellers, or explore the hidden world of the park's forests through a magnifying glass.

The first ten people to register for "Magnify Your World" nature hikes will receive a complimentary magnified bug box to take home! 🔎

Thank you to everyone who donated and shared the 2019 #DoMore24 campaign! With your help and a generous matching gift, w...
05/23/2019

Thank you to everyone who donated and shared the 2019 #DoMore24 campaign! With your help and a generous matching gift, we raised $3,158 in just 24 hours!

There's one hour left to donate to the #DoMore24 campaign. Get your donation in by 11:59 am to help us reach our goal. h...
05/23/2019

There's one hour left to donate to the #DoMore24 campaign. Get your donation in by 11:59 am to help us reach our goal.

https://www.domore24.org/accokeek

Also, enjoy this piglet who couldn't quite make it over the hump.

05/22/2019

We raised our first $1,000! 🎉 As promised, a piglet video with all the cute. More adorable oinkers to come when we get to $2,000, so keep sharing! We have until 11:59 am tomorrow to reach our goal of $6,000.

We've raised $858 so far—only $142 more dollars to our first $1000 milestone. Once we reach $1000 we'll post a VERY CU...
05/22/2019
DoMore 2019

We've raised $858 so far—only $142 more dollars to our first $1000 milestone. Once we reach $1000 we'll post a VERY CUTE piglet video for your enjoyment.

Click the link below to donate, and then share this post with your friends and family with a message about why YOU love the Accokeek Foundation and Piscataway Park.

The Accokeek Foundation cultivates a passion for the natural and cultural heritage of Piscataway Park and commitment to stewardship and sustainability. We have a vision of people connected to the land and engaged in creating a sustainable world. We seek to inspire people to care about....

Tomorrow at 12 pm we officially kick off the 2019 #DoMore24 campaign! We'll have 24 hours to raise $6,000 to support the...
05/22/2019

Tomorrow at 12 pm we officially kick off the 2019 #DoMore24 campaign! We'll have 24 hours to raise $6,000 to support the Foundation's education programs and land conservation work.

WE CAN'T DO IT WITHOUT YOU!

Make a pledge at the link below, and then help us by sharing the link on your newsfeed with a message about why YOU love Piscataway Park and the Accokeek Foundation.

https://www.domore24.org/accokeek

Maybe you love the peace and quiet of the park. Maybe your dogs love to hike the trails. Maybe seeing brand new piglets brings joy to your day. Maybe you learned something new on a hike or at a workshop. Or maybe your kids loved traveling back in time on a field trip.

Whatever the reason, share it far and wide!

We have until 11:59 am on Thursday, May 23 to reach our goal.

Wool from our flock of Hog Island Sheep is making its way all across the country thanks to The Livestock Conservancy's #...
05/21/2019

Wool from our flock of Hog Island Sheep is making its way all across the country thanks to The Livestock Conservancy's #ShaveEmToSaveEm initiative. It's amazing to see so many fiber artists working with rare wool! #heritagebreedsweek

"These heritage breeds of farm animals and the genetics they possess are not only living time capsules from our past; th...
05/20/2019
The Livestock Conservancy

"These heritage breeds of farm animals and the genetics they possess are not only living time capsules from our past; they represent the key to our future as we are forced to adapt to a world that is changing at a rate not seen in previous generations."

#HeritageBreedsWeek

05/20/2019

Well look who’s arrived just in time to celebrate #heritagebreedsweek with us! Two new litters of heritage breed Ossabaw piglets.

05/17/2019
livestockconservancy.org

Today is #EndangeredSpeciesDay and while there are about a million endangered species to worry about right now, we're keeping our focus close to home and thinking about the endangered livestock that calls Piscataway Park home.

Why heritage breeds? Read more to find out!

Looks like we're a rusty patched bumble bee. Which National Park endangered animal are you? #EndangeredSpeciesDay
05/17/2019
What Endangered Animal Are You?

Looks like we're a rusty patched bumble bee. Which National Park endangered animal are you? #EndangeredSpeciesDay

Take our quiz to find out.

05/16/2019

Your daily moment of zen.

If you’re feeling a bit stressed or overwhelmed in your day right now, take a minute for yourself and be present in the moment. Close your eyes and listen to the sound of the wind rustling the leaves of this tulip poplar. Hear the sounds of the birds chirping. Imagine the feel of the breeze playing over your face and the warmth of the sun on your skin. Recall the smell of fresh cut grass, mixed with a faint tinge of wood smoke from the historic fireplace. And breathe.

If you’re having trouble imagining it, you can always come down to Piscataway Park and this tree will be waiting for you. 🙂

Guess which park made it on the Washingtonian's list of "Our Favorite Parks" in the May issue? We'll give you a 50/50 ch...
05/14/2019
May 2019: Our Favorite Parks

Guess which park made it on the Washingtonian's list of "Our Favorite Parks" in the May issue?

We'll give you a 50/50 chance of guessing:
a.) Piscataway Park
b.) Obviously, the answer is "a" because Piscataway Park is just tops.

Take a peek inside the May issue, on newsstands now.

05/14/2019

Ugh, traffic was terrible this morning. 🙃

We could not be more proud to see the awesome things the Foundation's Agriculture Conservation Corps alums are up to. Co...
05/13/2019

We could not be more proud to see the awesome things the Foundation's Agriculture Conservation Corps alums are up to. Congrats Tyler and James!

Congratulations to two of our very own students who have been selected for the highly competitive USDA Wallace Carver Fellowship.

Freshman, Tyler Reid of the Agricultural Studies program is headed to Washington D.C. to work in the Office of Public Partnerships and Engagement.

James Pinkney Sophomore, of the Environmental Science program, is headed to Davis, California to do research on Crop Pathology and Genetics.

These students were able to apply to this opportunity through our World Food Prize- Maryland Youth Institute.

Thanks to the support from the Farm Credit Foundation for Agricultural Advancement, we will also be establishing a Scholarship for students who are selected to represent the state of Maryland at the Global Youth Institute and decide to attend UMES in the Department of Ag or Dietetics/Nutrition in Human Ecology.

05/12/2019

Happy Mother’s Day, from the National Colonial Farm mommas to ewe!

We have the perfect tea for you to enjoy with mom on a cold, rainy mother's day—Colonial Bohea! It's a smokey black te...
05/10/2019

We have the perfect tea for you to enjoy with mom on a cold, rainy mother's day—Colonial Bohea! It's a smokey black tea that just begs to be sipped around the fire. You can try it for yourself at our Mother's Day tea in the 18th century Laurel Branch farmhouse. Get your tickets today!

Read more about this historic tea from Oliver Pluff:
"Bohea tea, (pronounced “Boo-hee” - Ukers 510), was by far the largest tea import during colonial times. Sometimes called Bohea Souchong or Lapsang Bohea, the blend originated in China with trade to the British and Dutch East India Companies. It was so popular that the word bohea became the slang term for tea. The blend varied wildly, consisting of broken orange pekoe, pekoe, and souchong dumped in a pile and then sifted, typically the scrap tea of lower quality leaves, but was considered high quality by the colonists."

How many of these local wildflowers can you name? Feel like you need a little extra practice? Join us this weekend on Sa...
05/07/2019
QUIZ: Can you name these local wildflowers?

How many of these local wildflowers can you name? Feel like you need a little extra practice? Join us this weekend on Saturday and Sunday for a guided nature hike, "Take a Walk on the Wildflower Side." We'll be IDing and learning all about Piscataway Park's wildflowers.

How well do you know local wildflowers? Can you identify staggerweed? Have you ever tasted a fairy spud? Impress your friends with new trail trivia after taking our wildflower quiz! 

Accokeek Foundation's cover photo
05/02/2019

Accokeek Foundation's cover photo

Meat deliveries are coming to DC/Accokeek this Sunday featuring Ossabaw hog and other fine quality pasture-raised produc...
05/01/2019

Meat deliveries are coming to DC/Accokeek this Sunday featuring Ossabaw hog and other fine quality pasture-raised products from Sylvanaqua Farms. Chris Newman will be back for the third and final event in the Land and River series on Sunday, plus he has all the meats! Check their shop online and don’t miss this exciting opportunity: https://www.sylvanaqua.com/shop

New items just added to the website:

Large bone-in Ossabaw pork chops
Ossabaw boneless medallions
Pork shoulder roasts
Fresh pork belly
Tenderloins and ribs
Secreto

We're still delivering to the D.C./Fredericksburg/Charlottesville areas door to door tomorrow. Get those orders in ASAP!

Want to take advantage of this BEAUTIFUL day? Join us in the park!Today at 1 & 3, guided nature hikes will be leaving fr...
04/27/2019

Want to take advantage of this BEAUTIFUL day? Join us in the park!

Today at 1 & 3, guided nature hikes will be leaving from the Visitor Center. $5 pp or free for members!

From 1-5, learn about fishing in the 18th century with games and demonstrations. Free on the National Colonial Farm!

"In short, Black Elk understood all too well that wilderness preservation went hand in hand with native dispossession." ...
04/25/2019
Dispossessing the Wilderness: Indian Removal and the Making of the National Parks

"In short, Black Elk understood all too well that wilderness preservation went hand in hand with native dispossession."

It's #NationalParkWeek, and while we celebrate the parks and much that they stand for, we must also look critically at the complex history of the American conservation movement.

Join us on Sunday at 2 pm as we discuss issues related to land use, our connections to the land, and how race and culture affect those connections. #LandandRiver

National parks like Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Glacier preserve some of this country's most cherished wilderness landscapes. While visions of pristine, uninhabited nature led to the creation of these parks, they also inspired policies of Indian removal. By contrasting the native histories of thes...

“The oyster takes in enough food for both of them to be healthy,” says Peter Fu, chef de cuisine at the Grand Centra...
04/24/2019
Pea Crabs: Offal of the Sea, the Redneck Toothpick

“The oyster takes in enough food for both of them to be healthy,” says Peter Fu, chef de cuisine at the Grand Central Oyster Bar in New York City. “And the crab doesn’t diminish the oyster’s quality in any way. Really, it’s a sign of a thriving ecosystem.”

These little crabs live inside oysters, and are particularly prolific among wild Chesapeake Bay varieties. You can learn about pea crabs (and many other aquatic critters) at this weekend's Hands-On History demonstration which is all about fishing in the 18th century.

Saturday and Sunday, 1-5 pm.

Restaurants that serve oysters sometimes toss out hundreds of tiny, juicy crabs a day—why aren’t they making their way onto the menu instead?

Celebrating Earth Day at College of Southern Maryland. Great turn out from the students!
04/23/2019

Celebrating Earth Day at College of Southern Maryland.

Great turn out from the students!

We'll be diving into issues of agriculture and land use at this Sunday's Land & River Convo: Reciprocity talk. One of th...
04/23/2019
Clean Food: If You Want to Save the World, Get Over Yourself.

We'll be diving into issues of agriculture and land use at this Sunday's Land & River Convo: Reciprocity talk. One of the featured panelists, Chris Newman of Sylvanaqua Farms, has written several pieces on agriculture, permaculture, and what it's like to farm while black. Check out one of his pieces below, and don't forget to RSVP to attend the FREE Land and River program!

I’m a permaculture farmer. My goal is to develop natural ecosystems that produce food.

Happy Easter! The Visitor Center and Administration Offices are closed today, but the park and trails are open until sun...
04/21/2019

Happy Easter! The Visitor Center and Administration Offices are closed today, but the park and trails are open until sunset. Hope you all enjoy this beautiful weather!

Sir Nigel just sent us some snapshots from his honeymoon with Lady Aster in New Zealand. Those adorable, floofy, little ...
04/19/2019

Sir Nigel just sent us some snapshots from his honeymoon with Lady Aster in New Zealand. Those adorable, floofy, little globetrotters.

We love American Milking Devon! 😍🐂🐮
04/18/2019

We love American Milking Devon! 😍🐂🐮

Buttercup is pretty much the star of the show around here. Even if you’ve only known me for a minute, you’ve probably heard about Buttercup. I’ve always wanted a dairy cow, but when it came time to actually buy one, I found I needed to do some research. I really can’t remember how I stumbled on this breed, but the American Milking Devon is a triple purpose breed that gives great milk, quality grass fed and finished meat, and good as oxen. Have you ever seen pictures of the pioneers with their wagons pulled by oxen? Those were AMD’s. They are a heritage breed that is critically endangered here in the US mainly because they aren’t as big, don’t produce the quantity of milk as our Jerseys or Holsteins, and may take longer to finish on grass rather than fattening with corn. I chose this breed for their temperament, along with the quality of food that will be provided. Buttercup is pregnant with her first calf expected to deliver around the beginning of October. I’ve never milked a cow before, so that should be fun, but stay tuned in the future for cow shares to be available if you’ve ever wanted your own raw, grass fed milk, but didn’t want to the adventure of owning your own cow.

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3400 Bryan Point Road
Accokeek, MD
20607

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Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

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