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Monday, May 20, 2024

Cleanup Fort Stanton Park

On the first Saturday of every month starting Nov. 2, help remove trash and invasive plants from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers meet in front of the Ft. Stanton Recreation Center, 1812 Erie St. SE. Wear boots, durable pants and clothes you won’t mind getting dirty. Bring a water bottle-refills provided. Documentation of community service hours will be provided upon request. For questions, contact Nathan at 301-758-5892 or nathan@ward8woods.org.

Fort Stanton Park was created in 1926 to preserve the hilltops where the Union army constructed Fort Stanton and Battery Rickets to defend the Nation’s Capital during the Civil War. The park’s more than 150 acres of forest include dramatic hills and ravines, several stream valleys and stands of poplar trees. Ft. Stanton is also home to a recreation center, an urban farm, a reservoir for DC Water and the Fort Circle Hiker-Biker Trail. Sadly, years of littering and dumping have polluted the landscape. Invasive plants have destroyed whole areas of forest and threaten others.

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