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 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.
More than a dozen engaging and live virtual science programs led by our experienced educators.
In-person programs for young learners that connect science to the classroom and the real world.
For Middle School
Standards aligned science field trips and experiments that engage students’ learning and curiosity.
For High School
Robust field studies that take data and science and challenge students to use them in the real world.
The Alice Ferguson Foundation is a supporter of the Maryland Green Schools Program.
If you are a school looking to become a Green School (or recertify), we can help you in your journey. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Take a look at what’s happening at the Farm and join us to enjoy all that nature has to offer.
PISCATAWAY KAYAKING ADVENTURE
June 10 at 9 AM
Take in the scenic views of the protected Mount Vernon viewshed as you learn about the area’s rich natural surroundings and abundant bird life.
FUN ON THE FARM:
June 10 at 4 PM
Join us for “Egg”-citement on the Farm! Meet, pet, and feed live adult chickens of various breeds as you become an “egg”-spert of all things eggs, for eating and hatching.
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.
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
Check out our upcoming volunteer opportunities to make a difference.
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.