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VSO – Watershed Cleanups

CELEBRATE EARTH MONTH 2024!

Happy Earth Month

This April, Montgomery Parks celebrates Earth Month. We welcome all businesses, non-profit organizations, religious groups, and community groups to organize a cleanup at one of our parks. Registrations for group leaders are now open!

Click here to register as a Group Leader.

Click here to sign up for our Virtual Training on February 28th at 4pm.


Cleanups for Individuals & Families 

young volunteer holding trash bags and litter grabber, text reads individuals or families

Individuals and families can join a cleanup hosted by Montgomery Parks staff or volunteer leaders.

Click here to register for the next cleanup.

Please note:

  • 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.
  • If a cleanup is not listed, the event is full.

Organize a Group Cleanup

volunteers at trash 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.

  1. Register your group here (we ask for a two-week notice)
  2. We will send you a Group Leaders info packet
  3. Confirm your cleanup details and pick up your cleanup kit
  4. Have a fun, safe cleanup
  5. 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 Groups in Montgomery County:

Watershed/Nature Organizations in the DC area:

Montgomery Parks Volunteer Impact on Litter in 2023

We are so thankful to all volunteers who participate in our cleanup events and to all of the watershed organizations, community groups, corporations, religious institutions and youth groups that organize cleanups at our parks. Here are the 2023 totals:

  • 477 cleanup events
  • 6,463 volunteers
  • 12,649 hours of service
  • 121,978 pounds of trash removed
Map of all cleanups that occurred in Montgomery Parks in 2023.
Map of all cleanups that occurred in Montgomery Parks in 2023. Each circle with a number represents the number of cleanups that took place in that location.