For more than 50 years, the Accokeek Foundation has stewarded 200 acres of Piscataway Park in Accokeek, Maryland, on the shore of the Potomac River. This land serves as an outdoor classroom for educational programs about land conservation, historic preservation, sustainable agriculture, and environmental stewardship.
According to the Foundation’s 1957 charter, its mission is to “preserve, protect and foster, for scientific, educational or charitable use and study for the benefit of the people of the nation, the historical sites and relics, trees, plants, and wildlife rapidly disappearing from an area of great natural beauty along the Maryland shore of the historic Potomac River.”
Since its creation a half-century ago, the Accokeek Foundation has enjoyed a stellar volunteer Board of Trustees. Our founders, Robert Ware Straus, Henry Ferguson, and Charles Wagner, and our first president and benefactor, Frances Payne Bolton, were visionary thinkers who instilled in the trustees a sense of aiming for and achieving the highest goals. Our institution today – the oldest land trust in the Tidewater Potomac region; our unique public/private partnership with the National Park Service; the array of excellent, innovative educational programs that we offer to children and adults; and a first-rate professional staff – is testimony to the early vision of our founders and to the tradition of excellence being continued by our current trustees. The Foundation offers employment opportunities, internships, apprenticeships, and fellowships on a wide range of topics.