Alice Ferguson Foundation
Bringing Science to life since 1954
Students from Kindergarten through High School get to explore the world around them through more than a dozen standards-aligned hands-on science activities. Join us online or in person for a learning adventure.
Education beyond the classroom.
Who We Are
We are environmental educators sharing the wonder and excitement of the Potomac River watershed with thousands of students, teachers, and citizens each year. And each year, we can’t do it without your support.
Located on 330 acres of working farmland, emergent wetlands, and the longest, freshwater Living Shoreline in the nation, the staff and educators of Alice Ferguson Foundation have provided transformative environmental education experiences for nearly half a million area students since 1954.
Get Involved in Trash Cleanups
For more than 30 years, the Alice Ferguson Foundation has helped organize one of the biggest trash cleanup efforts in the region. Help us continue to make a difference and learn more about how you too can take action.
The “Fun on the Farm” series is back! Meet the farmers and educators of Hard Bargain Farm, learn about our animals, and even lend a hand with farm chores around the barnyard. It’s a great way to get outside, discover something new, or celebrate a birthday or special occasion.
Wild about worms
May 21, 2022
Get your hands dirty and explore these magnificent creatures while learning about the role they play in composting.
June 18, 2022
Interact with our barnyard buddies and test your skills at churning butter and making cheese to taste!
Students don’t get many chances to go outside and explore any more. Being able to see and touch what we are learning helps students to remember and see how science affects them in real life.” –Teacher from Rosa Parks Elementary School, October 2019
Become a Part of Our Story
From volunteer opportunities to rentals, learn more about the ways you too can be a part of the Alice Ferguson Foundation legacy.
Plan Your Event
From team meetings to cozy gatherings. Your special day is just a click away.
Volunteer With Us
Find a cleanup near you and make a difference in your community.
Our programs aren’t just for students! Bring your family and friends to the Farm.
Browse our collection of more than 100 free teaching resources and activities.
Discover the Alice Ferguson Foundation
Did you know we were the first overnight outdoor education center in the region? We have been sharing the wonder of nature with local area students, adults, and teachers for more than 65 years. Click below to learn about our history, our campus, and more.