Join the local movement for clean water and have fun on the Potomac at the same time! Each year, hundreds of volunteers connect with their local lands and waters by participating in Potomac Conservancy’s hands-on stewardship and recreation activities. Our local events restore shorelines, raise awareness, and inspire residents to make a difference. Learn more about our programs and find out how you can fight for a clean, restored Potomac in your community!


Get Your Hands Dirty

The Potomac is ours. Ours to enjoy. Ours to protect. Volunteer your time and get your hands dirty for our hometown river. Sign up for a hands-on stewardship event to make a difference in your community and take a stand for clean water. Volunteers of all ages are welcome at our events throughout the year.

Seed collection and tree plantings >
River cleanups and restoration >
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Get Your Feet Wet

Get ready to experience the Potomac like never before. As one of the most ecologically diverse regions in the country, there is no shortage of places to explore and things to do. Sign up for an outdoor recreation event to get to know your Potomac, experience the great outdoors, and meet new people. 

Join us on the river >
Experience your Potomac >


Explore the River Center at Lock 8

Your urban oasis awaits you. What are you waiting for? Hike, run, or bike along the C&O Canal and stop by our River Center at Lock 8, housed in a historic lockhouse just a few miles upstream of Georgetown. Explore exhibits on the Potomac and Canal, take a stroll by the river’s edge, and learn how you can fight for healthy lands and clean water.

River Center at Lock 8 >
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