An autumn view of the Boulder Bridge in Rock Creek Park, Washington, DC.

MLK Day of Service 2022

"Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'" -Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

On MLK Day, we honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's service to others. If you are in the Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC area and looking for ways to get involved in your local communities this weekend, here is a list of eco-minded service projects. 


Anacostia Riverkeeper

January 17, 10:00 AM–1:00 PM: Sign up for the Clean Waterways Cleanup. This collaborative event celebrates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and the memory of Joseph Glover, Founder, and Chair of Pope Branch Park Restoration Alliance. Equipment will be provided.  

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Locust Grove Nature Center

January 17: Volunteer outdoors at Locust Grove Nature Center in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Work together with friends or family and contribute to your community by making improvements to the grounds and assisting with eco-friendly projects. The building will be open as a comfort station, providing restrooms and a break from the cold. Most projects include working on natural surface trails, sometimes on a mild incline, and some manual labor, such as raking, weeding, or pushing a wheelbarrow.

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Friends of Mount Vernon Trail

January 17, 10:00 AM–12:00 PM: Join the Friends of Mount Vernon Trail to help clear invasive species near Alexandria, Virginia. Some equipment will be available, and volunteers are encouraged to bring their own. COVID safety protocols will be in place.

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Washington, DC 

Rock Creek Conservancy

January 15–17: Help care for Rock Creek Park sites during the MLK Day Weekend of Service. There are many opportunities to volunteer to remove litter or invasive plants from the park. Registration and COVID safety are required. Then further commit to stewardship of your local communities. Both Washington Parks & People and Rock Creek Conservancy offer ongoing socially-distanced volunteer events. 

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