The Bolton’s Laurel Branch Bash: A Member Event

5598413564_0015ed1f38_zJoin the Accokeek Foundation on Saturday, July 25 from 6-8 pm for this year’s Member Appreciation Event on the National Colonial Farm.

Enjoy a beautiful summer evening on the lawn of the Laurel Branch Farmhouse as we bring together the best of the past and the present. There will be music, games from then and now, and modern food paired with colonial cocktails.

Members can explore Laurel Branch, the gardens, and the rest of the colonial site after hours and interact with members of the Bolton Family. Learn colonial dancing or play track ball with friends and family. Taste some colonial cocktail favorites, such as syllabub, or roast some s’mores over the Bolton’s cookfire. Enjoy modern barbecue favorites or take a walk down to the pier to enjoy the sunset views over the Potomac.

This event is open to all members and volunteers and their families. If you are a member, please register to attend at the link below, or call 301-283-2113.

Not a member? Join today!

Special Ops Volunteer Team

celebrating-the-potomac-volunteers-event-sponsors-2014Want to volunteer for a local organization, but your schedule doesn’t allow for a weekly time commitment? Join the Accokeek Foundation’s Special Ops volunteer team!

New this year, the Special Ops volunteer team is a group of volunteers that will help the foundation complete special “missions” throughout the year. Missions will include park maintenance projects, event support, educational program support, and much more!

dave united way doc volunteersWe’ll be calling on the Special Ops team when we have a special project or event that we need volunteer support for. When you receive these “mission requests,” you’ll have the chance to review the details of the project and decide whether or not you would like to participate. There will be a couple missions each month, so there will be chances for you to volunteer all throughout the year.

It’s easy to join–just e-mail Casey Lowe at volunteers@accokeek.org, and let her know you are interested in becoming a Special Ops volunteer. volunteer maryland volunteers ecofarm 2014She’ll add you the list, and you’ll begin receiving mission requests.

If you would like to read more about the position, check out the position description here.

Volunteer: Service Saturday

Service Saturday CollageJoin the Accokeek Foundation on the 1st Saturday of every month, from 10 am to 1 pm, to get your hands dirty volunteering around site.

We’ll be working year round to help with projects like trail maintenance, historic building upkeep and restoration, garden maintenance, shoreline clean-up, field and crop maintenance, barnyard maintenance, invasive species removal, and event preparation.

*During the August Service Saturday, we’ll be working on the Ecosystem Farm to help with everyday farm maintenance.

This is a great opportunity for individuals or groups/families to give back to the community on a Saturday morning while enjoying the beauty of Piscataway Park.

If you are interested in attending a Service Saturday event, please RSVP to the volunteer coordinator at volunteers@accokeek.org.

Volunteer: Service Saturday

Service Saturday CollageJoin the Accokeek Foundation on the 1st Saturday of every month, from 10 am to 1 pm, to get your hands dirty volunteering around site.

We’ll be working year round to help with projects like trail maintenance, historic building upkeep and restoration, garden maintenance, shoreline clean-up, field and crop maintenance, barnyard maintenance, invasive species removal, and event preparation.

This is a great opportunity for individuals or groups/families to give back to the community on a Saturday morning while enjoying the beauty of Piscataway Park.

*During the June Service Saturday, volunteers will help with trail maintenance on the Blackberry Trail in celebration of National Trails Day.

If you are interested in attending a Service Saturday event, please RSVP to the volunteer coordinator at volunteers@accokeek.org.

Volunteer: Service Saturday

Service Saturday CollageJoin the Accokeek Foundation on the 1st Saturday of every month, from 10 am to 1 pm, to get your hands dirty volunteering around site.

We’ll be working year round to help with projects like trail maintenance, historic building upkeep and restoration, garden maintenance, shoreline clean-up, field and crop maintenance, barnyard maintenance, invasive species removal, and event preparation.

This is a great opportunity for individuals or groups/families to give back to the community on a Saturday morning while enjoying the beauty of Piscataway Park.

If you are interested in attending a Service Saturday event, please RSVP to the volunteer coordinator at volunteers@accokeek.org.

Volunteer: Service Saturday

Service Saturday CollageJoin the Accokeek Foundation on the 1st Saturday of every month, from 10 am to 1 pm, to get your hands dirty volunteering around site.

We’ll be working year round to help with projects like trail maintenance, historic building upkeep and restoration, garden maintenance, shoreline clean-up, field and crop maintenance, barnyard maintenance, invasive species removal, and event preparation.

This is a great opportunity for individuals or groups/families to give back to the community on a Saturday morning while enjoying the beauty of Piscataway Park.

*During the March Service Saturday event, we will be cleaning the Saylor Grove Fishing Pier. We’ll be using scrub brushes, wood cleaner, and a little elbow grease to reinvigorate this special part of the park where you can fish, launch a kayak, or just take in the spectacular view of Mount Vernon and the Potomac.

If you are interested in attending a Service Saturday event, please RSVP to the volunteer coordinator at volunteers@accokeek.org.

Volunteer: Service Saturday

Service Saturday CollageJoin the Accokeek Foundation on the 1st Saturday of every month, from 10 am to 1 pm, to get your hands dirty volunteering around site.

We’ll be working year round to help with projects like trail maintenance, historic building upkeep and restoration, garden maintenance, shoreline clean-up, field and crop maintenance, barnyard maintenance, invasive species removal, and event preparation.

This is a great opportunity for individuals or groups/families to give back to the community on a Saturday morning while enjoying the beauty of Piscataway Park.

*During February’s Service Saturday, we’ll be starting our spring cleaning early and will need volunteers to help with the cleaning and organization of our maintenance area, trash pick-up, and brush clearing.

If you are interested in attending a Service Saturday event, please RSVP to the volunteer coordinator at volunteers@accokeek.org.

Volunteer: Service Saturday

Service Saturday Collage**NOTICE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CHANGED TO SATURDAY, JANUARY 11 FROM 10-1. **

Join the Accokeek Foundation on the 1st Saturday of every month, from 10 am to 1 pm, to get your hands dirty volunteering around site.

We’ll be working year round to help with projects like trail maintenance, historic building upkeep and restoration, garden maintenance, shoreline clean-up, field and crop maintenance, barnyard maintenance, invasive species removal, and event preparation.

*During January’s Service Saturday, we will be removing invasive species and clearing overgrowth from our livestock and pasture fence lines.

This is a great opportunity for individuals or groups/families to give back to the community on a Saturday morning while enjoying the beauty of Piscataway Park.

If you are interested in attending a Service Saturday event, please RSVP to the volunteer coordinator at volunteers@accokeek.org.

Volunteer: Service Saturday

Service Saturday CollageJoin the Accokeek Foundation on the 1st Saturday of every month, from 10 am to 1 pm, to get your hands dirty volunteering around site.

We’ll be working year round to help with projects like trail maintenance, historic building upkeep and restoration, garden maintenance, shoreline clean-up, field and crop maintenance, barnyard maintenance, invasive species removal, and event preparation.

This is a great opportunity for individuals or groups/families to give back to the community on a Saturday morning while enjoying the beauty of Piscataway Park.

  • NEW VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION: For volunteers new  to the foundation and interested in serving on a regular basis, each Service Saturday event will also serve as your orientation to the foundation. You will have the chance to learn more about the foundation and the available volunteer opportunities, meet and speak to staff members, and  begin your volunteer tenure all in one fun morning!

*During December’s Service Saturday event we will be preparing the site for this year’s Winter’s Eve event. We’ll be decorating the Education Center, setting up tables and chairs for food and craft vendors, placing luminaries around site, and much more. Come help us get in the festive mood, then join us to celebrate later in the evening!

If you are interested in attending a Service Saturday event, please RSVP to the volunteer coordinator at volunteers@accokeek.org.

Faces of the Farm: Matt Mattingly, National Colonial Farm Manager

Every week throughout November the Accokeek Foundation will present video profiles of one of its many “Faces of the Farm.” These videos allow you to get a closer, behind-the-scenes look at some of the faces you see around the National Colonial Farm and Ecosystem Farm at Piscataway Park every day. Meet them virtually, then meet them in person by visiting the farm daily, from dusk to dawn.

The nest installment in this video series is the profile of National Colonial Farm Manager, Matt Mattingly. Matt is in charge of the National Colonial Farm as well as all historic interpretation that takes place on site.  Having been with the Foundation for over a decade, Matt’s extensive research on the 18th century tobacco culture of Southern Maryland continues to shape our educational and interpretive programs.

We invite you to get a closer look at the Accokeek Foundation’s National Colonial Farm and see Matt in his element in this edition of Faces of the Farm!

Faces of the Farm – Matt Mattingly from Accokeek Foundation on Vimeo.