For Immediate Release
Accokeek, MD—The Accokeek Foundation, an educational non-profit that stewards 200 acres of Piscataway Park, is proud to announce a ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony for the newly reconstructed public boat dock and kayak launch on Saturday, June 22, at 11:30 am. Among the guests attending the ribbon cutting will be Maryland State Senate President, Thomas V. “Mike” Miller, Prince George’s County Councilman Obie Patterson, and the Director of National Park Service-National Capital Region, Steve Whitesell.
The event schedule includes performances by local musicians, Little Paul and Company, Angie Head, Kingstreet Bluegrass and Bedlam; guided river walks featuring the Potomac River story of the War of 1812; kayak tours presented by Atlantic Kayak Company; river boat cruises by Capital Yacht Charters; a panel discussion on the “Piscataway Connections to the Land” oral history project, and 18th century games and foodways demonstrations.
The boat dock, which was destroyed by Hurricane Isabel in 2003, has been rebuilt to allow visitors to access the park facilities by water. Through this project, the Accokeek Foundation will significantly increase and improve public access to the Potomac River at Piscataway Park for views, kayaking, and other recreational uses. “I am thrilled that we are now able to offer visitors a way to get out on the Potomac River,” shares Lisa Hayes, President and CEO of the Accokeek Foundation. “From the vantage point of the river, they can enjoy a view much admired by George Washington and a landscape that has been such an important part of the history and culture of Maryland’s Piscataway Indians.”
Kayak docks for launching and landing have been placed adjacent to both the fishing pier and the boat dock. “The Foundation is delighted about the possibilities that the improved facilities will present for the community,” states Site Manager, Brandon Burton, who also notes that “public interest has been strong, especially for the new access points for kayakers and other river enthusiasts.” Additional improvements include retrofitting the current fishing pier to accommodate larger tour boats that serve passengers on the Potomac River, installation of a floating dock and gangplank, and a fixed ramp designed to accommodate visitors with mobility issues.
Funding for the project was received through a federal grant from the National Park Service (NPS) Chesapeake Bay Office and a bond bill from the State of Maryland. Corporate and organizational support for the event has come from various partners, including Maryland Milestones and Anacostia Trails Heritage Area, Capital Yacht Charters, SMECO, Charlie’s Family Restaurant, Associated Insurance Management, Inc., Alice Ferguson Foundation, Chesapeake Conservancy, and Maryland National Capital Parks and Planning. in addition to individual donors. Sponsorships for the June 22nd event are available by contacting the development office at email@example.com.
Saturday, June 22, 2013, 11 am – 4 pm. Join the Accokeek Foundation in Celebrating the Potomac, a family-oriented event featuring river and culturally themed festivities, musical performances, catered picnic lunch, guided kayak tours, and river boat cruises at the National Colonial Farm at Piscataway Park, 3400 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek, MD 20607. General admission is free. Tickets for food and water activities should be purchased in advance at www.accokeek.org/leadershipsalute. Call 301-283-2113 for more information.
The Accokeek Foundation, a nonprofit educational organization involved in land stewardship, historical preservation and sustainable agriculture, seeks a heritage livestock program volunteer to assist our livestock manager in all aspects of successful grass-based livestock program maintenance. This position presents the volunteer with a unique and extensive educational opportunity, as volunteers will receive both on-the-job training and access to farmer training programs and classes.
The heritage livestock program is part of the Accokeek Foundation’s stewardship of Piscataway Park. We care for our livestock in a way that enhances the health and stability of the natural and agricultural ecosystems of this special place. As we manage livestock, we maintain open lands in an ecologically sound manner. The heritage breeds of livestock we manage are American Milking Devon Cattle, Black Turkeys, Hog Island Sheep, Ossabaw Hogs, and various heritage chicken varieties.
Description of Duties:
No previous experience is necessary, but large animal experience is preferred, and a demonstrated interest in sustainable livestock management is required. Volunteers will be asked to work a minimum of 8 hours, 3 times a week, or approximately 24 hours per week. Scheduling is flexible, but must be arranged in advance.
This volunteer position is an excellent educational opportunity. Volunteers will receive training in machinery operation (tractors, ATVs, etc.), free access to Foundation educational and farmer training programs and classes, access to Chesapeake CRAFT (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training) events through the Foundation’s membership, and extensive on-the-job training. College students may be able to receive academic credits for their time.
Founded in 1957 to protect the view from George Washington’s Mount Vernon across the Potomac River, the Accokeek Foundation was one of the nation’s first land trusts. The Foundation continues land conservation efforts to ensure continued protection of the viewshed and working landscapes. Using the site as a living classroom, the Accokeek Foundation has developed programming to teach visitors about historic preservation, sustainable agriculture, environmental stewardship, and colonial history. As part of this programming, the Accokeek Foundation developed the Piscataway Cultural Landscape Initiative, the goal of which is “to create a national model in Piscataway Park of connecting people to the environment through interpretation of the indigenous cultural landscape of the Piscataway people,” who originally inhabited this area prior to European settlement, and who continue to live nearby.
The concept of an indigenous cultural landscape is articulated as a way to consider what an indigenous person’s perspective of the Chesapeake Bay region might be. As a construct, it recognizes and respects that Indian cultures lived within the context of their environment, although not in a stereotypical sense. This method of interpretation offers a way to talk about the Eastern Woodland Indian culture that is centered on the natural environment, rather than on archaeological relics.
As part of this initiative, the Accokeek Foundation has been conducting an oral history project called “Piscataway Connections to the Land.” This oral history project is intended to explore the cultural meanings and memories of the land to Piscataway people today. From this oral history project, we are developing a small exhibit for our Visitor Center, and plan to work with the Piscataway groups to develop a traveling exhibit.
This internship is open to qualified college students, recent graduates, or graduate students. Interns from all majors and interests are encouraged to apply. We are especially interested in college/graduate students in the fields of exhibit design, graphic design, fine art, multi-media communications, and museum studies. Knowledge of American Indian history and culture is appreciated, but not required.
This internship includes an intern stipend of $1500, paid incrementally over the course of the internship. In addition, interns will receive free admission to most workshops and classes offered through the Accokeek Foundation during their stay.
The Accokeek Foundation encourages interns to seek academic credit for their internship and will assist in any way to help the intern receive it. Contact your advisor or department chair to inquire about your school’s requirements.
The duration of this internship is meant to be June-November. Interns are required to work at least 20 hours a week. Please note, this internship falls outside the scope of the typical academic calendar and is considered a Special Project.
An internship with the Accokeek Foundation’s Piscataway Cultural Landscape Initiative, focusing on exhibit design, allows a student to participate in the creation of permanent, temporary and traveling exhibits intended to establish Piscataway Park as a premier example of accessibility and interpretation of “a sense of place,” and the interrelatedness of people and the environment, using the history and culture of the Piscataway people as a primary lens.
The design stage will involve working with groups and on an individual basis. The intern will be engaged in the activity in which the department is currently involved. These activities may include working on a storyboard, developing prototypes, envisioning exhibit elements on a variety of scales, basic graphic design and production, and exhibit installation. The intern will be expected to communicate well, listen and follow directions, work in a team environment, articulate creative and imaginative problem solving ideas, think three-dimensionally, and interpret sketches, drawings and diagrams.
Strong skills in typography and general layout design as well as proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite CS4 are a must. The intern must be highly motivated to develop and learn new creative skills and must possess solid communication and organizational skills. The program is also looking for interns who want to perform video editing of existing interviews for possible use in web and traveling media exhibits.
The cover letter should include:
If you are doing this internship for university credit, please supply school requirements and advisor’s name and contact information.
Mail or email to:
3400 Bryan Point Road
Accokeek, MD 20607
Step back in time to a spring day in 1770. The National Colonial Farm’s annual Children’s Day event is a popular family event that allows visitors to experience history and culture, while spending the day in a scenic national park. Bring your picnic lunches, and be a part of history and farm life while helping the “Bolton” family with their daily chores: spinning wool, churning butter, washing clothes, gardening, and cooking. Visit the farm animals, watch a cooking demonstration, participate in a kid-friendly archaeological dig, play colonial games, and enjoy a musical performance by the Irish Jam Session.
Admission is $5 per person, payable at the Visitor’s Center the day of the event. Members are free.
About the National Colonial Farm:
The National Colonial Farm is an outdoor living history museum located within Piscataway Park and established by the Accokeek Foundation in 1958. The farm depicts life for an ordinary tobacco planting family in Prince George’s County in the 1770s. Structures located within the colonial site are open to the public and include a circa 1770 farm dwelling, an 18th century tobacco barn, and an out-kitchen. The kitchen garden features 18th century varieties of herbs, flowers, and vegetables. Historic varieties of field crops such as “Orinoco” tobacco and “Virginia Gourdseed” corn are grown and cultivated for seed. The park offers family amenities and recreation activities such as picnic tables and pavilion, nature trails, and a fishing pier (must have DNR license). The Visitor’s Center offers unique gifts, books, small snacks and beverages, fishing supplies and bait, as well as site related information and a touch-and-feel nature zone for the kids, featuring a rescued box turtle named Edgar.
On behalf of the Chesapeake Bay Trust, the Accokeek Foundation is proud to announce solicitations for volunteers for the 2013-14 Chesapeake Conservation Corps, a program that provides service-learning opportunities and green job training for young people through environmental and energy conservation projects. This initiative, supported by the Trust, Constellation Energy, and the state of Maryland, pairs young adults with organizations that provide hands-on environmental, leadership, and technical training opportunities for a one-year term of service.
The Chesapeake Bay Trust anticipates placing around 25 Corps Volunteers in Host Organizations throughout Maryland for one year terms of service, with service to begin August 27, 2013. Individuals will be between the ages of 18 and 25 years at the time of enrollment. Corps Volunteers will receive stipends of $15,500 per year plus health insurance, administered by the Trust.
Click here to fill out an application to be a Chesapeake Conservation Corps volunteer.
Click here to view a list of potential Host Organizations. Applicants are encouraged to contact potential Host Organizations with their resume during the application period.
For any questions about becoming a volunteer or about the Chesapeake Conservation Corps, contact Tara Baker, 410-974-2941, ext. 102.
Accokeek, MD—The Accokeek Foundation was named as one of the 21 partner recipients of the National Park Service (NPS) Chesapeake Bay Office’s Fiscal Year 2012 Investments. Last Fall, the NPS Chesapeake Bay Office provided financial assistance for projects that address education, youth employment and stewardship programs, and public access and trail development in the Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrail Network; such as the Piscataway Park Public Water Access Development project. Through this project, the Accokeek Foundation will significantly increase and improve public access to the Potomac River at Piscataway Park for views, boating, and other recreational uses. This federal funding will be leveraged with funding from the State of Maryland to complete this significant project.
The National Colonial Farm Boat Dock, which was destroyed by Hurricane Isabel in 2003, is currently being rebuilt to allow visitors to arrive by water. The current Saylor Grove Fishing Pier will be retrofitted to accommodate larger tour boats that serve passengers on the Potomac River. The fishing pier is a popular recreational feature of Piscataway Park and offers spectacular views of Mount Vernon across the Potomac. Additional improvements to the fishing pier include installation of a floating pier and gangplank, and a fixed ramp designed to accommodate visitors with mobility issues. The project includes the addition of a canoe and kayak dock adjacent to the pier.
The Potomac River is a key contributing segment of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, and the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail. The new public access facilities will both enhance visitor experience at Piscataway Park and also advance the development of these national trails.
The first stage of the project, demolition of the current boat dock and the new steps and landing, is completed; the entire project is on track for completion by this summer. A public opening celebration is planned as part of the Foundation’s annual fundraising Leadership Salute event on June 22, 2013.
For more information about the boat dock project contact the site manager, Brandon Burton, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 301-283-2113 ext. 33.
For details about Leadership Salute contact the development office at email@example.com.
Anjela Barnes, firstname.lastname@example.org
301-283-2113 ext 34
Supporting Accokeek Foundation can be even easier when you become a sustaining member! By joining our ‘Friends of Accokeek’ circle you can designate a monthly contribution to be charged to your debit or credit card account. Provide us with your preferred credit or debit card and we will process your charge accordingly. A record of your contribution will appear on your bank or credit card statement each month.
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The Accokeek Foundation is looking for new volunteers to assist in the production of our heirloom corn variety on the National Colonial Farm. Volunteers will be working once or twice a week, April-October/November, to help plant, tend, weed, and harvest both our Virginia Gourdseed Corn fields and our colonial Kitchen Garden. This is a unique opportunity to explore the agriculture and history of Southern Maryland while playing an instrumental role in the Foundation’s heirloom vegetable seed-saving program. Volunteers may also have the chance to participate in National Colonial Farm events as costumed interpreters to help demonstrate for visitors 18th century farming techniques. A love of working outdoors and basic gardening knowledge is required, but we’ll teach you everything else.
Description of Duties:
No previous experience is necessary, just a love of history, people, and working outdoors. Opportunities exist for all skill levels. All agricultural and historical interests are encouraged and welcome.
Schedules are flexible.
Full position description and application: click here
For more information please contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Casey Lowe at email@example.com
This volunteer position is to assist with the interpretation of the National Colonial Farm through the belly (and the kitchen), as we explore, sample, and prepare the great regional dishes for which this state is known. The program focuses on educating participants about why we eat what we eat, and how what we eat has changed over time.
Responsibilities may include:
Foodways volunteers are needed the third Saturday of each month, from March to November, as well as various times the week prior to a demonstration to help with preparation and rehearsal. We offer a flexible schedule and times my vary depending on the season, facility requirements, and number of volunteers participating.
No previous experience is necessary. Just a love for food, history, people, and FUN!
For more information, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Casey Lowe, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Full Position Description and application: click here
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