Accokeek Foundation

Accokeek Foundation People connected to the land and engaged in creating a sustainable world. 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.

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Calling all TEACHERS, EDUCATORS, HOMESCHOOLERS! In honor of #TeacherAppreciationWeek, we are offering FREE virtual schoo...
05/04/2021

Calling all TEACHERS, EDUCATORS, HOMESCHOOLERS! In honor of #TeacherAppreciationWeek, we are offering FREE virtual school programs until June 30th. We know this year has been a tough one. For everyone, the realm of education has been entirely rewritten as, for many, the classroom was made virtual this year. It's so far out of the box in many avenues that the box isn’t visible anymore! That's why we've gone virtual too, taking our incredible onsite activities and making them available virtually through self-guided and instructor led sessions. If you're looking for a way to end out the school year with a grand finale, consider enrolling your students in one of our online programs. Let your students employ the valuable skills you've been teaching all year as scientists, historians, and world savers. All self-guided and instructor led programs available are FREE if scheduled prior to June 30th! Check out our website for more information, https://www.accokeekfoundation.org/school-programs, or schedule with our Education Manager at [email protected].

It's here! Today's the first day of Lattes with Lambs: Lambapalooza! Barnyard tours are selling out fast, but we still h...
05/01/2021

It's here! Today's the first day of Lattes with Lambs: Lambapalooza!

Barnyard tours are selling out fast, but we still have festival activity kits available for purchase. Each kit features our favorite farm-inspired activities and crafts, packaged up for you to do at home. You can order your kit online and pick it up from the park today from 10 am to 2 pm.

And don't forget to check out all the great online and virtual content on the festival page (link below). We'll be adding videos from local musicians, artists, and community partners all month long, so make sure you follow us for content updates!

#LatteswithLambs #Lambapalooza

https://www.accokeekfoundation.org/lambapalooza

It's here! Today's the first day of Lattes with Lambs: Lambapalooza!

Barnyard tours are selling out fast, but we still have festival activity kits available for purchase. Each kit features our favorite farm-inspired activities and crafts, packaged up for you to do at home. You can order your kit online and pick it up from the park today from 10 am to 2 pm.

And don't forget to check out all the great online and virtual content on the festival page (link below). We'll be adding videos from local musicians, artists, and community partners all month long, so make sure you follow us for content updates!

#LatteswithLambs #Lambapalooza

https://www.accokeekfoundation.org/lambapalooza

It's that time of year! April is upon us and, among the lovely weather and fields boasting colorful arrays of blossoms b...
04/28/2021
Tobacco Tidbit: Planting Perspective

It's that time of year! April is upon us and, among the lovely weather and fields boasting colorful arrays of blossoms busting forth, we'd like to talk about a little plant that will soon be dotting the hills of #PiscatawayPark. For today's #humpdayhorticulture, we're featuring a brief tobacco tidbit.

Last fall, we featured a series of 4 Tobacco Talks, exploring the history, culture, science, and influence of this controversial plant. This little plant packs a lot of perspective into its slender stalk and bushy leaves. Check out our blog to discover why we continue to grow tobacco here at the Accokeek Foundation and what perspective this 'weed' may hold for you.

Learn More Here: https://www.accokeek.org/post/tobacco-talk-planting-perspective

“It is a truth universally acknowledged that the tobacco plant will be responsible for a substantial improvement in the health of a nation.” - The Tobacco Merchant’s Lawyer by Ian Heggie Or will it? As we open another season of making tobacco on the National Colonial Farm, I must stop to discu...

04/26/2021
#MenagerieMonday "Rotational Grazing And Environmental Impact"

Happy Monday and welcome back for another episode of #MenagerieMonday! This week we are highlighting a video we shot with our livestock manager Maryn Jordan. In this episode she discusses each animal's role in caring for the environment here at Piscataway Park. You will learn about rotational grazing, soil health, and how our wonderful livestock play an important role in maintaining/perserving this special place.

04/23/2021
www.accokeek.org

Happy National Picnic Day! Why not celebrate this weekend by packing an 18th century themed picnic basket and enjoying your meal at the park? #FoodieFriday #picnic! We've got tables for you to use and plenty of space to spread out. After your meal, enjoy the river views and take a nice walk along one of our hiking trails, or come say hi to the animals on the farm. Whatever you do, be sure to enjoy the spring weather at The National Colonial Farm at Piscataway Park!

Read More Here: https://www.accokeek.org/post/national-picnic-day-picnicking-in-colonial-america

Today is #EarthDay, and we want to celebrate the hard work and dedication of the volunteers who joined us this month to ...
04/22/2021

Today is #EarthDay, and we want to celebrate the hard work and dedication of the volunteers who joined us this month to help clean trash off the Piscataway Park shoreline. To those that joined us for the 33rd Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup sponsored by the Alice Ferguson Foundation to the small groups of community members that organized additional clean-ups, we thank you!

And if you're a data nerd like we are, you might enjoy checking out the trash data collected during each clean-up. Read more about what we found on our blog: https://www.accokeek.org/post/potomaccleanup-2021-trash-totals

#PotomacCleanup #NationalVolunteerWeek, #ThrowbackThursday #NationalParkWeek

Today is #EarthDay, and we want to celebrate the hard work and dedication of the volunteers who joined us this month to help clean trash off the Piscataway Park shoreline. To those that joined us for the 33rd Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup sponsored by the Alice Ferguson Foundation to the small groups of community members that organized additional clean-ups, we thank you!

And if you're a data nerd like we are, you might enjoy checking out the trash data collected during each clean-up. Read more about what we found on our blog: https://www.accokeek.org/post/potomaccleanup-2021-trash-totals

#PotomacCleanup #NationalVolunteerWeek, #ThrowbackThursday #NationalParkWeek

May is on the way! We’ve got you a brief guide on what to get ready to plant as this warmer weather moves in. Now that t...
04/21/2021

May is on the way! We’ve got you a brief guide on what to get ready to plant as this warmer weather moves in. Now that the frost date is behind us, we can get ready for some of our summer favorites! #humpdayhorticulture

May is on the way! We’ve got you a brief guide on what to get ready to plant as this warmer weather moves in. Now that the frost date is behind us, we can get ready for some of our summer favorites! #humpdayhorticulture

Are you on board?As a member of the Accokeek Foundation community, we want to invite you to learn about joining the Boar...
04/21/2021

Are you on board?

As a member of the Accokeek Foundation community, we want to invite you to learn about joining the Board of Trustees!

The Accokeek Foundation’s Board of Trustees manages all facets of organizational governance and financial oversight. And we are now recruiting community members interested in volunteer service.

Join us virtually on April 28th at 7 PM to learn about the Foundation, our work, and our vision for the future. There is no commitment required to attend. And if you can’t attend but are interested, email [email protected].

Register today (https://bit.ly/3ejJHKG). We hope to see you then!

Are you on board?

As a member of the Accokeek Foundation community, we want to invite you to learn about joining the Board of Trustees!

The Accokeek Foundation’s Board of Trustees manages all facets of organizational governance and financial oversight. And we are now recruiting community members interested in volunteer service.

Join us virtually on April 28th at 7 PM to learn about the Foundation, our work, and our vision for the future. There is no commitment required to attend. And if you can’t attend but are interested, email [email protected].

Register today (https://bit.ly/3ejJHKG). We hope to see you then!

#OTD in 1666 the Articles of Peace and Amity were signed by the Piscataway tribes and the colonists in Maryland. This "t...
04/21/2021
Archives of Maryland, Volume 0002, Page 0025 - Proceedings and Acts of the General Assembly, April 1666-June 1676

#OTD in 1666 the Articles of Peace and Amity were signed by the Piscataway tribes and the colonists in Maryland. This "treaty" provided the provision for Native people to remain in their territories (on the Potomac shore: ranging from Mattawoman Creek to Piscataway Creek) and provided free and unrestricted access to hunting, crabbing, fishing, fowling in their territories. D.C. recognized it in 2020.

Read the Recognition Amendment Act of 2020 here: https://bit.ly/3n3yPEy

Read the 1666 document here: https://bit.ly/2RPxFkG

Then the Governour desired Edwd Lloyd Esqr to go to the Lower House & ask them whither they will be pleased to come & hear the Articles of Peace with the Indians Read before they are signed The Lower House being come & the Articles of Peace read were signed by the Governour & Speaker both Houses bei...

04/19/2021

Celebrated Piscataway Chief, Turkey Tayac, did great things for his own nation and for the United States.

Tayac served in France during World War I, becoming known for his skill in healing. He utilized his traditional knowledge to gather plants and treat fellow soldiers, some of whom were burned by mustard gas.

He then participated in the 1932 Bonus Army, fighting for the benefits and compensation that he and his comrades had earned in the war.

Thank you Turkey Tayac, for your service to this nation and to your own.

#MilitaryMonday #IndigenousHeritage #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque

Turkey Tayac, right, attending a Veteran's convention in 1946
(NMAI/Courtesy of Julie Tayac Yates)

04/19/2021
#MenagerieMonday "Be present in the moment"

Happy Monday!

Going into your work week we wanted to start your day off with a positive reminder: Try and enjoy the little details of your day, take a deep breath and slow it down, be in the moment. Spring is all around us and there is a lot to be grateful for.

We hope this relaxing footage of our wonderful heritage breed animalas brings peace to your day.

Starring fan favorites: Nigel Nicely, The new lambs, Baby Justice and her mother Jade, as well as Lucy and Bonnie Ossabaw. (Much more to come!)

*Original music/foley by McWavy (staff)*

04/18/2021
#ZenSunday "Lamb Town"

Peace. Love. Music. And Lambs. #ZenSunday

Good Morning Everyone! For today's Zen Sunday we wanted to give you a peek at what's new in the barnyard! Our beautiful LAMBS are here! This
year, we present a hybrid "Latte's With Lambs" event that lets YOU build-your-own adventure. Sign up for
barnyard tours, purchase a festival kit, or follow along with online entertainment. Whatever you choose, it's going to be a groovy (and cute!) time.

Kits are available now at www.accokeek.org

*Original Music By McWavy (staff)*

04/17/2021
www.charlescountymd.gov

One of the most common questions we receive from visitors is 'What is the Moyaone Reserve?' It's a great question, and one that must be explored as context for deepening the cultural and historical story of Piscataway Park. Prior to the exploration of the Chesapeake region by Captain John Smith in 1608, the Moyaone was the political center of the Piscataway Chiefdom, where the werowance or chief resided (think of it as our modern day Annapolis). Though the land has seen many people through the centuries come and go, one thing has remained the same, and that is this place is and will always be special for those who both live here and whose ancestral roots are inextricably connected to. Today, the Moyaone Reserve Historic District makes up the private lands owned by local residents, and partners in the ongoing preservation of the cultural and historical significance of Piscataway Park. It was recently listed in the National Registry of Historic Places. https://www.charlescountymd.gov/Home/ShowDocument?id=7136

To learn a little more about the history of Moyaone, and how it changed from a prominent Piscataway Chiefdom settlement to an eclectic patchwork of mid-century homes and protected national park lands, check out this link: https://www.moyaone.org/about/history/

To experience a little behind-the-scenes look into the Moyaone Reserve and its architecture, read this article: https://www.washingtonian.com/2019/01/09/sinatra-would-love-this-maryland-neighborhood-but-it-has-lots-to-tell-us-about-suburban-innovation/

Please note, while this community is AWESOME and we love having them as neighbors, the Moyaone Reserve is private. Also, the park land itself needs to be respected and honored. We love the curiosity of our visitors about this incredible neighborhood and preserved land, but we ask our visitors to please respect their privacy and stick to visiting the public spaces of Piscataway Park, including the National Colonial Farm and Accokeek Creek.

What other questions do you have about the Moyaone? Comment/share below, and a special shout out to all of our Moyaone neighbors! Moyaone Reserve #WildcardSaturday #Piscataway #Moyaone

It’s #HumpDayHorticulture AND #NationalGardeningDay, so we’re spotlighting the National Colonial Farm’s Kitchen Garden a...
04/14/2021
National Gardening Day

It’s #HumpDayHorticulture AND #NationalGardeningDay, so we’re spotlighting the National Colonial Farm’s Kitchen Garden and we’ve got some ideas for how you can create your own working kitchen garden at home. What are you planting in your gardens? Show us your photos or tell us what you’re planting this season. #plantagarden
https://www.accokeek.org/post/national-gardening-day

Hello everyone! We hope you enjoyed yesterday’s post on some recommended books to get you started in the garden. If not, you can find it here. Today, we wanted to share a few more resources and tips for creating your very own colonial kitchen garden. Currently, the National Colonial Fam’s Kitche...

This #TuesdayTales happens to fall on #InternationalPlantAppreciationDay! With that in mind, here are some reading recom...
04/13/2021
International Plant Appreciation Day

This #TuesdayTales happens to fall on #InternationalPlantAppreciationDay! With that in mind, here are some reading recommendations to get you ready to play in the garden or simply enjoy outside with the family. If you have books you’d recommend we’d love to hear about them in the comments below.

https://www.accokeek.org/post/international-plant-appreciation-day

So, this post is sort of a part one. Today is International Plant Appreciation Day and with it being #TuesdayTales and all, we thought we could recommend a few good books. These will get you started in your own garden, provide some relaxation, and of course we’ve got some books to read with the wh...

Carrots are popping up again in farmer’s markets, CSA boxes and home gardens, and depending on your source, these bright...
04/09/2021
What To Do With Carrot Greens: 10 Inspiring Ideas

Carrots are popping up again in farmer’s markets, CSA boxes and home gardens, and depending on your source, these bright roots might just come with their delicate leafy tops still attached. But don’t throw them away! Carrot greens are not only edible, they’re packed with nutrients such as Vitamin C, lutein, potassium, calcium and beta carotene. Not sure where to start? Check out these recipes for some easy ways to incorporate carrots into your mealtimes.

https://ohmyveggies.com/what-to-do-with-carrot-greens-inspiring-ideas/

Don't know what to do with carrot greens, but don't want to waste them? We've got you covered with 10 inspiring recipe ideas!

April is a beautiful time of year to bird-watch in Piscataway Park, and coincidentally, is also the 236th anniversary of...
04/08/2021
The Myth of John James Audubon

April is a beautiful time of year to bird-watch in Piscataway Park, and coincidentally, is also the 236th anniversary of the birth of John James Audubon. Considered one of the forefathers of American Ornithology, John James Audubon’s influence on both the environmental and art worlds is undeniable, and his legacy is far-reaching. Audubon’s most important work, The Birds of America, published between 1827 and 1838, was a collection of 435 hand-colored prints of birds, meticulously documented from his travels, a feat that would be impressive even by today's standards, and today Audubon is cited as a tremendous influence on the work of later naturalists such as Charles Darwin. But the field of Ornithology, like many fields, has a long history of exploiting and excluding people of color, and many of the complicated parts of Audubon’s legacy deserve more scrutiny. The outdoors is for everyone, and it is only through these difficult conversations that we can create a more inclusive birding community.

https://www.audubon.org/news/the-myth-john-james-audubon
(correct link added)

The National Audubon Society’s namesake looms large, like his celebrated bird paintings. But he also enslaved people and held white supremacist views, reflecting ethical failings that it is time to bring to the fore.

A staple in most colonial households, beer played a big part in everyday life when drinking water may not be easily acce...
04/08/2021

A staple in most colonial households, beer played a big part in everyday life when drinking water may not be easily accessible. While some of the flavorings (persimmon, spruce, sassafras, ground ivy, ginger) might surprise you today, one of the key ingredients you may be familiar with is hops. In “The Compleat English Brewer” from 1768, author George Watkins provides some tips for the best time to pick hops. “The hop till ripe is very moist and destitute of smell; when it begins to ripen, it grows dry, paler coloured, and fragrant… These are at first green, and soft; but as they ripen they grow harder and brown: this is the perfect maturity of the hop…” Pictured here are hops we have grown in our kitchen garden.

Explore the rest of Watkins’ book here: https://bit.ly/3fvmzuJ

#NationalBeerDay

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3400 Bryan Point Road
Accokeek, MD
20607

Opening Hours

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

Telephone

(301) 283-2113

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Our finished wreath from the Winter's Eve wreath kit. We added a few extra touches of our own. 😊
Spotted on the Bluebird Trail: a mid-air battle between a male cardinal and a male blue grossbeak, colors flashing in the sun, grossbeak then going from tree to tree singing until landing on some tall grass too flimsy to hold his chunk, and promptly plopping straight to the ground.
Curious Indigo Bunting
Osprey chicks are getting bigger
At the farm
Feeding time................................
There are 2 in the nest..............................
Ready with our picks for barnyard mayor !
TONIGHT 2/29: 2nd of 4 concerts at the Homegrown Coffeehouse w/ilyAIMY and the Port To***co Players! Come join us! Doors at 6PM-Homemade soups/bread/desserts available; Music starts 7:15! Held at the Education Building.
Great day on the farm!
Just left and babies 27, 19 and 24 were out running around. Was able to put 27 back into the gate but you the other cuties wanted nothing to do with it lol Just a heads up
Tomorrow evening is the Season Finale of the Homegrown Coffeehouse with Emily Henry and Susan Rowe! Come join us and bring some friends for a great evening in one of the best listening rooms around! Come and relax after the RIver Clean up. Doors open 6:30 PM.