Volunteer in the Park




Shepherd Parkway covers a vast-by-city-standards 197 acres. It has been neglected for decades, and there is much work to be done removing trash and invasive plants from the park.  

Our volunteers enjoy exercise, time in nature, and knowing that every bit of effort makes the park a better place for plants, animals, and people. 

The easiest way to get involved is to join one our Community Clean-ups on the second Saturday of every month from 10:30 am to 1 pm. 

Our 2018 dates are:


Saturday, March 10
Saturday, April 14
Saturday, May 12   
Saturday, June 9
Saturday, July 14
Saturday, August 11
Saturday, September 8
Saturday, October 13
Saturday, November 10
Saturday, December 8



We meet at 10:30 the benches across Malcolm X Avenue from 555 Newcomb Street SE. It's in the park near the corner of Martin Luther King Avenue.


Volunteers should wear boots, long pants, and clothes they don't mind getting dirty. Bring a water bottle. 

Gloves, bags, tools and water refills are provided. 


Reservations are not necessary unless you are bringing a group of more than ten. 

Documentation of service hours provided upon request.

For questions, contact Nathan Harrington at nbharrington at yahoo.com or 301-758-5892.


We are also pleased to accommodate groups and individuals who would like to help at other times. The big jobs that need doing are:

  • Pulling trash and debris from the woods 
  • Cutting invasive English Ivy off of trees
  • Pulling up invasive ground cover such as mustard grass and mile a minute vine(during spring and summer)
  • Knocking on doors in Congress Heights and Bellevue to get more neighbors involved
  • Doing outreach to schools, churches, professional organizations, Advisory Neighborhood Commissions, and community associations  

    All volunteers receive orientation, training and equipment. 

    To schedule a group or arrange individual volunteering, please contact Nathan Harrington at nbharrington@yahoo.com or 301-758-5892.

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