In 1992, a small group of unemployed youth living from the Valley Green public housing community in Southeast Washington, near the US Capitol, volunteered to change their lives by restoring the polluted Anacostia River. Motivated by the belief that their strong hearts, minds, and muscles could reclaim the Anacostia,America’s forgotten river, they banded together under an ambitious name, the Earth Conservation Corps. They pulled on waders, climbed into the polluted tributary, Lower Beaverdam Creek, and started saving the river that flowed through Washington communities with some of the highest unemployment and crime rates in the nation. Their struggle launched a community youth movement to take back the Anacostia River, improving not only the river but their own lives and community.


Citizen Science

  • Anacostia Raptor Watch is a citizen science program that engages the community in monitoring  the  birds  that call the Anacostia River ” home. The well-being of the prey animals and the water quality of the river are crucial for top level predators to survive... Including us   learn more

Active Conservation

Earth ConservationCorps goal is to provide life-changing opportunities for members of our communitywhile also caring for the urban habitat outside our door. With access to the right resources, people can become empowered by their own abilities, gain the confidence to fulfill their potential, and change their life trajectory.


 A bold experiment on a once forgotten 880-acre farm in the heart of Maryland’s Anne Arundel County at the headwaters of the Patuxent River. A program that engages the youth at Capital Guardian Youth ChalleNGe and New Beginnings Youth Development Center with birds of prey through hands-on learning, service opportunities and science education.

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