In 2022, volunteers removed 91,725 pounds of trash from parks throughout Montgomery County
Thank you, Stream Strider Volunteer Leaders!
How long until this litter is gone?
Plastic water bottles can last 450 years.
Welcome to the Volunteer Watershed 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. Volunteers help protect our local environment, wildlife, watersheds, and the oceans from litter pollution.
Cleanups for Individuals and Families
Individuals and families can join a cleanup hosted by Montgomery Parks staff or volunteer leaders.
Click here to register for the next cleanup.
- If a cleanup is not listed, the event is full.
- New volunteers must create a volunteer account (takes about 5 minutes).
- All cleanups are pre-approved for SSL hours. Forms are provided at the cleanup.
- Students receiving SSL hours must pre-register.
- Children under 14 years old must volunteer with a parent/guardian.
- This opportunity is not eligible for court-ordered service.
Organize a Group Cleanup
Scout troops, corporate groups, student groups, and community organizations can schedule a group cleanup day at a park or stream! Cleanups are open to all ages, but group leaders must be 18+ to register.
- Register your group here (we ask for a two-week 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
- Send us your Sign-in sheet and the Cleanup Results
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 Organization Map (pdf)
Watershed Groups in Montgomery County
Watershed/Nature Organizations in the DC area: