Volunteer & Connect


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Volunteer Opportunities

Organizations with Kid-friendly Events

School Programs

Resources for Educators

Higher Ed Programs

Seniors Programs

Groups & Clubs


Places to Volunteer

Below is a list of great organizations and places to volunteer in urban Ag and environmental conservation.

City Wide

Anacostia Riverkeeper

Anacostia Watershed Society

Audubon Naturalist Society

Casey Trees

Rock Creek Conservancy

Sustainable DC Green Ambassador Program

The Nature Conservancy – Maryland/DC/Virginia

Ward 1

Common Good City Farm – 300 V St NW

City Blossoms Girard St Children GardenGirard and 15th Street NW

Halo Green Garden (Howard U)2251 Sherman Ave NW

Ward 2

Brain Food Youth Garden755 8th St NW

City Blossoms Marion St Intergenerational Garden1519 Marion St NW

GroW Community Garden (GWU)23rd St and H St NW Washington

Old City Farm and Guild (plant nursery and urban farm)925 Rhode Island Ave NW

Ward 5

Arboretum (DPR) Intergenerational Youth Garden2412 Rand Place NE

Capital Area Food Bank Urban Demonstration Garden4900 Puerto Rico Avenue NE

Cultivate the City – H St Farms910 Bladensburg Road NE

Three Part Harmony Farm – 3104 4th St NE

Washington Youth Garden3501 New York Ave NE

Ward 6

DOL Organic Garden at Blind Whino – 700 Delaware Ave SW

DC Greens K St Farm – 111 K St NW

Ward 7

DOL Farm at Kelly Miller – 301 49th Street NE

DC Urban Greens Fort Dupont Urban Farm3779 Ely Pl SE

Ward 8

THEARC Farm1901 Mississippi Ave SE

Fort Stanton Urban Farm1812 Erie Street SE

Greater DC Virginia

Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment

TreeStewards of Arlington & Alexandria

Virginia Native Plant Society: Potowmack Chapter 

Greater DC Maryland

Bethesda Green

Eco City Farms

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Organizations with Kid-friendly Events

The organizations below offer programs and information specifically designed to engage and educate youth in gardening and environment


Arcadia Farms


City Blossoms
(Girard Children’s Community Garden &
Marion Street Intergenerational Garden)

Common Good City Farm

DPR Urban Garden Division

Dreaming Out Loud

Eco City Farms

Green Scheme

Laurel Academy Farm

Project EDEN


Washington Youth Garden


Anacostia Watershed Society

Audubon Naturalist Society


City Kids

Earth Conservation Corp

Earth Force

Rodneys Raptors

Student Conservation Association (SCA) DC Program

The Nature Conservancy

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School Programs

Below is a list of organizations offering programs and other activities developed specifically to engage students in school or fieldtrips



Arcadia Farms Farm to School Program

City Blossoms School Garden Partners

Cultivate the City School Garden Programs

DC Greens Trellis System

DC Schoolyard Greening Listserv

Fresh Farm Food Prints


Kid Power Veggie Time Project

Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) School Gardens Program

REAL School Gardens

Washington Youth Garden School Programs


Anacostia Watershed Society

Earth Force

Living Classrooms

Greater DC Maryland

Eco City Farms Farm to School

Permie Kids

Greater DC Virginia

Fairfax County Master Gardener 4-H School Enrichment Project

Master Gardeners of Northern Virgina Schoolyard Gardening

Virginia Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom


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Resources for Educators

Are you an educator looking to teach a class, school group, or homeschool children about gardening? Want to try garden-based learning as an engaging way to educate others?  Here you’ll find  lessons, materials and activities catered toward teachers.

Cornell Garden-Based Learning
Garden based resources and lessons for gardeners and educators developed by Cornell University.

DC Greens Farm to School Resource Summary
Guide,programs, resources and policy focused on Farm to School efforts curated by DC Greens.

The Edible Schoolyard Project
National edible education curriculum for  pre-kindergarten through high school.

Farm Raiser
FarmRaiser is a healthy fundraising platform that schools, community garden programs, and other organizations often use in conjunction with grants or other funding to support school gardens and nutrition programming.

Green Classroom Professional Certificate
The GCP certificate program provides pre K-12 educators and school staff with the knowledge to identify what supports or impedes healthy, resource-efficient and environmentally sustainable learning spaces.

Lesson plans and curricula for garden teachers.

Landscape for Life
Website offers a complete kit of teaching resources can be used to conduct classes in sustainable home gardening. Materials available include a downloadable, illustrated teacher’s manual and four slide presentations that illustrate the curriculum.

Life Lab
Life Lab Science has been creating programs, curriculum and resources to support garden based learning since the early 1980’s.

Lunch Box
Tools and resources for school food change.

National Farm to School Network
An information, advocacy and networking hub for communities working to bring local food sourcing and food and agriculture education into school systems and early care and education settings.

Nature Works Everywhere
Nature Works Everywhere gives teachers, students and families everything they need to start exploring and understanding nature around the globe alongside Nature Conservancy scientists. The interactive lesson plans align to standards and can be customized for each classroom.

Project Learning Tree
Environmental education program, which includes curriculum, lesson plans, and resources designed for teachers and other educators, parents, and community leaders working with youth from preschool through grade 12.

UMD Extension Youth Gardening Resource Page
Collection of great youth gardening resources and videos

U.S. Green Ribbon Schools program
The U.S. Department of Education environmental recognition award program that honors public and private schools for K-12 schools.  This program also has environmental resources and best practices to share.

Log Seats and Biosolids For School Gardens
OSSE (Office of the State Superintendent of Education) has an agreement with  C&D Tree Company for free woodchips and log/trunk seats and an agreement with DC Water for free Biosolids for school gardens only


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Higher Ed Programs

Below are different programs at higher level institutions


Graduate School USA Horticultural Classes

GroW Community Garden (GWU)

GW Food Justice Alliance

Howard University Community Garden (Halo Green)

UDC Center for Urban Agriculture and Gardening Education (CAUSES)

UMD College of Agriculture & Natural Resources

University of Maryland Institute of Applied Agriculture


American University Office of Sustainability

Green Initiatives at The Catholic University of America

GW Sustainability Initiative

Howard University Office of Sustainability

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Seniors Programs

Below is a list of organizations offering programs and other activities developed specifically to engage senior and their families in urban agriculture

Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH) Garden (Veterans only)

Bernice Fonteneau Senior Wellness Center Rooftop Garden

Beet Street Gardens

Everybody Grows

Shipley Community Gardens

DPR Theodore Hagans Garden Senior Garden

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Groups & Clubs

Check out the clubs and groups below to hang out with like minded folks while learning about gardening and having fun

Garden Clubs

Bethesda Community Garden Club

 Capitol Hill Garden Club

Chesapeake CRAFT (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training)

DC Eco Women

Food Talks DC

DC Schoolyard Greening Listserv

Georgetown Garden Club

Greater Brookland Garden Club

Great Falls Garden Club

Falls Church Garden Club

Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild (Brookland)

Hyattsville Horticultural Society

Metropolitan Washington Garden Club

Mycological Association of Washington, DC

My Grow Connect

Pineapple Collaborative

Potomac Rose Society

Rock Spring Garden Club (Arlington)

Silver Spring Garden Club

Seed Keepers Collective

Takoma Horticulture Club

UDC Garden Club

Washington Gardener Garden Book Club

Permaculture Clubs

Chesepeake Permaculture Alliance

Harvest Collective

Master Gardener Programs

DC Master Gardeners (UDC)

Fairfax County Master Gardeners Association

Maryland Master Gardener Program

Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia

Montgomery County Master Gardeners

Bee Clubs

Bowie-Upper Marlboro Beekeepers Association (Bumba)

DC Beekeeper Alliance Annual Monthly Meetings

Montgomery County Beekeepers Association

Northern Virginia Beekeeping Teaching Consortium Education Meetings

Environmental Clubs

Anacostia Watershed Society

Anacostia Riverkeeper

Audubon Naturalist Society

DC Eco Women

DC Environmental Education Consortium

DC Sierra Club Environmental Justice Committee

Green Living DC

Green Neighbors DC

MD Native Plant Society – DC Chapter

Outdoor Afro

Urban Environmental Edcuation Collective

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