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 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.

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
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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.

The last few days have been all about trash! On Saturday, we teamed up with Alice Ferguson Foundation for the 31st annua...
04/15/2019

The last few days have been all about trash! On Saturday, we teamed up with Alice Ferguson Foundation for the 31st annual #PotomacCleanup in Piscataway Park. We had a great day with all of the volunteers and together we filled a whole dumpster. This morning, our friends from Tanger Outlets, Washington D.C./National Harbor and Under Armour helped us clear an additional 12 bags (almost 300 pounds!) of trash from the Potomac shoreline. THANK YOU to everyone who pitched in to help pick up. We couldn't do it without you!

Tomorrow's the big Shoreline Cleanup at Piscataway Park with Alice Ferguson Foundation! Don't forget that this year we'l...
04/12/2019
2613 Bryan Point Rd

Tomorrow's the big Shoreline Cleanup at Piscataway Park with Alice Ferguson Foundation! Don't forget that this year we'll be doing a joint Piscataway Park community clean-up, and will be meeting at the Accokeek Creek site near the boardwalk. Use the address below if you're not sure where to go!

2613 Bryan Point Rd, Accokeek, MD 20607

Don't let the rain keep you indoors this weekend. We'll be hitting the trails on Saturday and Sunday afternoon for guide...
04/12/2019
Rainy Day Hiking Adventures - Tips and Benefits

Don't let the rain keep you indoors this weekend. We'll be hitting the trails on Saturday and Sunday afternoon for guided nature hikes to explore Signs of Spring, rain or shine. You may have heard of forest bathing, but forest showering, anyone?

https://accokeekfoundation.simpletix.com/event-detail.aspx?ShowId=41544

TIPS 1. Bone Dry vs Chilled to the Bone Staying dry is easier than drying out after you’re wet. Bring things like a ball cap to keep rain out of your eyes and off your face, pack your gear with Ziploc bags so that if you need extra clothing it's already dry and stay away from cotton as a base laye...

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04/11/2019

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Where did Sir Nigel and Lady Aster head off to for their honeymoon? New Zealand, of course! We'll be posting photos of t...
04/11/2019

Where did Sir Nigel and Lady Aster head off to for their honeymoon? New Zealand, of course! We'll be posting photos of their adventures on the other side of the world as they send them to us.

The lovebirds' Wedding Fund will be open until tomorrow, so this is your last chance to honor the couple with a gift that will help bring Hog Island sheep (and other heritage breeds) back from the brink of extinction.

Click below to make your gift!

https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/accokeek-foundation-maryland

04/06/2019

Why must we shear?

D.I.Y. Activities. We are here till 2:00p.m. 😁
04/06/2019

D.I.Y. Activities. We are here till 2:00p.m. 😁

🥰 aww!
04/06/2019

🥰 aww!

04/06/2019

No runaway Bride here!

Ready for the wedding!!!
04/06/2019

Ready for the wedding!!!

Smiles here at the Accokeek Foundation
04/06/2019

Smiles here at the Accokeek Foundation

04/06/2019

Care for a Dance 💃🏽

04/06/2019

Checking in with the groom. #heready 🤣

04/06/2019

Excitement for the nuptials take their word for it! ☺️

04/06/2019

A great pairing 😊donuts!

04/06/2019

Lattes it’s just begun. See you soon!

04/06/2019

Good Morning Lattes for Lambs! Starts at 10am

04/06/2019

Darcy and Norman are ready to meet you this morning! The festivities start at 10 today. Hope to see you all there!

Will your latte taste better out of this LIMITED EDITION and HIGHLY COLLECTIBLE Sir Nigel and Lady Aster royal wedding m...
04/05/2019

Will your latte taste better out of this LIMITED EDITION and HIGHLY COLLECTIBLE Sir Nigel and Lady Aster royal wedding mug? It just might.

Grab these at Lattes with Lambs tomorrow for $10 while supplies last. All proceeds help the Accokeek Foundation care for and conserve rare and endangered Heritage Breed livestock.

We're less than a week away from the big day! Sir Nigel will be marrying Lady Aster during Lattes with Lambs THIS Saturd...
04/01/2019
Accokeek Foundation: Sir Nigel's Wedding Fund

We're less than a week away from the big day! Sir Nigel will be marrying Lady Aster during Lattes with Lambs THIS Saturday! 🐑❤️🐏

We love this event not only for the chance to gather with friends and family and meet the new babies, but also because it helps us raise money to take care of those new babies and all of the heritage breeds that call the National Colonial Farm home.

That's why Sir Nigel, ever the philanthropist, is requesting that in lieu of wedding presents, donations be made towards his favorite cause—Heritage Breed Livestock Conservation.

If you can't make it to the event on Saturday, you can still support Sir Nigel and his favorite flock by donating at the link below.

OR if you're attending the event, you can add a donation to Nigel's Wedding Fund when you purchase your tickets online.

In lieu of wedding presents, Sir Nigel and Lady Aster request donations for the Heritage Breed Conservation efforts at the Accokeek Foundation. There are only 200 Hog Island sheep in the world, and Sir Nigel is devoted to bringing these animals back from the brink of ...

Join us on Sunday from 2-4 for the first event in our "Land and River Conversations" series. We would be honored to hear...
03/28/2019

Join us on Sunday from 2-4 for the first event in our "Land and River Conversations" series.

We would be honored to hear YOUR perspective and YOUR stories of this special landscape.

Be part of the conversation about the complicated history and complex relationships that have shaped our region and continue to influence our interactions with one another and the environment.

Topics will include non-traditional perspectives on landscape conservation, culture, history, and specifically connectedness of Native Americans and African Americans to this landscape.

Shemika Berry, who in addition to her role as Interpretation Coordinator portrays Cate Sharper in historic programming, explains the significance of the oft untold stories to her work.

It's OPENING WEEKEND at the National Colonial Farm and Piscataway Park!Spend some time enjoying the sun and slightly war...
03/22/2019

It's OPENING WEEKEND at the National Colonial Farm and Piscataway Park!

Spend some time enjoying the sun and slightly warmer temperatures in one of the most beautiful spots on the Potomac.

This weekend's activities include guided nature hikes, colonial cooking demonstrations, and an open barn.

Check out our calendar for more info:
https://accokeekfoundation.org/events/

Celebrate #WorldPlantingDay by planting these native trees and shrubs along with your native plant gardens. The birds an...
03/21/2019
10 Chesapeake-Native Trees and Shrubs to plant this Spring

Celebrate #WorldPlantingDay by planting these native trees and shrubs along with your native plant gardens. The birds and bees will thank you (and so will we)!!! 🐝 🌱

It’s spring, and with the season comes the joys of gardening and landscaping. Are you planning to landscape with native plants this year? If so, don’t forget to include shrubs and trees in the mix! There are many benefits of adding natives to your property. The addition of

One of our bluebird monitor volunteers found this little guy while making her rounds this morning. This Southern Flying ...
03/14/2019

One of our bluebird monitor volunteers found this little guy while making her rounds this morning. This Southern Flying Squirrel has been living in one of the next boxes, and came out for a short time to pose for some photos. Because they are nocturnal we rarely see them, but they are commonly found in wooded areas throughout Maryland. We can't get over how adorable those big, nocturnal eyes are! 📷: MaryAlice Bonomo

It's #NationalAgWeek. With babies in the barnyard and Lattes with Lambs just around the corner, we're going to take this...
03/11/2019

It's #NationalAgWeek. With babies in the barnyard and Lattes with Lambs just around the corner, we're going to take this week to focus on the animals.

All of the animals that live on the National Colonial Farm are heritage breeds. Several of those breeds (American Milking Devon, Ossabaw hogs, and Hog Island sheep) are critically endangered. And while many of these animals resemble breeds of the past, they have an important role to play in agriculture's future.

Follow us this week as we share some of these animals' stories.

03/11/2019

Barnyard Baby Watch alert! We have lambs! Three new lambs were born this weekend at the National Colonial Farm.

Sadly, we lost this little cutie's mother during birth. So the staff has adopted him and farmer Joe is bottle feeding him every few hours. His name is Mr. Darcy, and so far he's doing well.

In the 1950s, when development threatened the piece of shoreline that would one day become Piscataway Park, Congresswoma...
03/08/2019

In the 1950s, when development threatened the piece of shoreline that would one day become Piscataway Park, Congresswoman Frances Payne Bolton, the Vice Regent from Ohio of the Mount Vernon Ladies Association, quietly bought almost 500 acres of land to preserve the Mount Vernon viewshed. She went on to found the Accokeek Foundation and served as president until her death in 1977.

Land conservation is one of many causes that she took on, and during the civil rights debates of the 1960s, she fought for a federal ban against discrimination against women. The following quote is from a speech she gave on the floor of the House.

Today we celebrate Congresswoman Bolton. And if you want to learn more about her efforts to preserve this land, join us for the first Land and River Conversation on March 31.

#InternationalWomensDay

We're excited to be a potential host site for this year's Chesapeake Conservation Corps! At the Accokeek Foundation, the...
02/26/2019

We're excited to be a potential host site for this year's Chesapeake Conservation Corps! At the Accokeek Foundation, the Corps Member will lead a native plant revitalization project in Piscataway Park by engaging the community in native and invasive plant identification, mapping, and management. Apply at the link below!

We're into the final month for applications to the Chesapeake Conservation Corps. Are you ready to kick-start your environmental career? Don’t wait, apply today! https://cbtrust.org/chesapeake-conservation-corps/

Barnyard Baby Watch Alert!! Signs of spring are all over the #NationalColonialFarm. We have several new chicks peeping c...
02/22/2019

Barnyard Baby Watch Alert!! Signs of spring are all over the #NationalColonialFarm. We have several new chicks peeping contentedly in the brooder, and two new Ossabaw piglets snuggling with mama sow in the barnyard.

The Accokeek Foundation offices are closed today due to the snow. We hope everyone stays safe and warm out there!
02/20/2019

The Accokeek Foundation offices are closed today due to the snow. We hope everyone stays safe and warm out there!

02/19/2019
My AmeriCorps - Home Page

Our friends at UMD Campus Pantry and Terp Farm are seeking applicants for a 2019-2020 Campus Compact Mid-Atlantic AmeriCorps VISTA position.

Learn more about these positions on My AmeriCorps:
https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=85848&fromSearch=true

https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=85846&fromSearch=true

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ATTENTION PROCRASTINATORS! Some advice from the 18th century on writing a love letter to your Valentine today. Good luck...
02/14/2019
Love Letters in the 18th Century

ATTENTION PROCRASTINATORS! Some advice from the 18th century on writing a love letter to your Valentine today. Good luck 😉

#ValentinesDay

Mar292018History and Cultureby Kate McGowan, Museum Educator “Now Letter-Writing is, to me, the most agreable Amusement and Writing to you the most entertaining and Agreable of all Letter-Writing” —John Adams to Abigail Smith, April 12th 1764 Were your Valentines this year a bit… uninspired?...

Life looked *different* in 1770, so we suspect if they handed out cheesy valentines, those would look a bit different to...
02/14/2019

Life looked *different* in 1770, so we suspect if they handed out cheesy valentines, those would look a bit different too. Tag your significant other, galentine, or special friend in one of our colonial themed valentines to show them how much you care, revolutionary America style. #ValentinesDay #NationalColonialFarm

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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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(301) 283-2113

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