Welcome to the Stream & Park Cleanups Page
No matter where you are in Montgomery County, you are part of a watershed. A watershed is an area of land that drains to a creek, stream, river, and ocean. Trash and litter found in Montgomery Parks can find their way to the Potomac, Chesapeake Bay, and the Atlantic Ocean if not removed. Volunteers like you help protect our local environment, wildlife, watersheds, and the oceans from litter pollution!
The Montgomery Parks Stream Striders volunteer program is accepting Spring Applications!
Stream Striders facilitate conservation projects that involve an educational component as well as a service component. From litter awareness to stream macroinvertebrate demonstrations, Stream Striders help volunteers form a deeper connection with nature during cleanups. Applications are open for adult volunteers interested in leadership, watershed education, & community engagement at their local stream valley parks.
Organize your own Group Cleanup
Scout troops, corporate groups, student groups, and community organizations can schedule a group cleanup day at a park or stream year-round! Cleanups are open to all ages, but group leaders must be 18+ to register.
- Make sure all volunteers are fully vaccinated before your cleanup date
- Register your group here (we ask for a two week’s notice)
- We will send you a Group Leaders info packet
- Confirm your cleanup details and pick up your cleanup kit
- Have a fun, safe cleanup and send us your Sign-in sheet and Cleanup Results
Cleanups for Individual Volunteers
Individuals and families can join a cleanup hosted by Montgomery Parks staff or volunteer leaders.
Click here to register for the next cleanup on eRecruiter.
- If a cleanup is not listed, the event is full.
- New volunteers must create a volunteer/family profile (take 5 minutes and have your covid vax card(s) on hand)
Find a Watershed Group near you!
Looking for more ways to get involved? Several local watershed organizations host cleanups, restoration projects, and events in Montgomery County.
Watershed Groups in Montgomery County:
- Friends of Cabin John Creek
- Friends of Sligo Creek
- Little Falls Watershed Alliance
- Muddy Branch Alliance
- Neighbors of Northwest Branch
- Seneca Creek Watershed Partners
- Watts Branch Watershed Alliance
Watershed/Nature Organizations in the DC area:
- Anacostia Riverkeepers
- Anacostia Watershed Society
- Audubon Naturalist Society
- Rock Creek Conservancy
Storm Drain Mural Projects
Congratulations to Pamela G., Tarah C. and Saatchi B. — winners of the 2021 Clean Waterways Art Contest! Check out their designs here.
Illegal Dumping in Parks
Have you spotted illegal dumping in parks?
- Leave the trash
- Note the exact location and park name
- Call the Park Police at 301-949-3010 to report
Dumping of trash bags, furniture, tires, car parts, etc. often occur at parks and they affect our communities and environment. Contacting park police is the best way to address the problem quickly.
Stream & Park Cleanups Volunteer Program Coordinator