The Alice Ferguson Foundation’s mission is to connect people to the natural world, sustainable agricultural practices, and the cultural heritage of their local watershed through education, stewardship, and advocacy. We have three core programs that allow us to fulfill our mission:
- Bridging the Watershed is an environmental education program, in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS), designed to promote student academic achievement, personal connections with the natural world, lifelong civic engagement, and environmental stewardship through hands-on curriculum-based outdoor studies in national parks and public lands.
- Hard Bargain Farm Environmental Center’s education program for elementary and middle school students utilizes immersive field studies and innovative hands-on activities to promote understanding and stewardship of the natural resources in the Potomac River watershed and the legacy of farming in southern Maryland. Partners can volunteer by mulching trails, weeding gardens, cleaning up the Potomac River shoreline and various other projects.
- The Trash Free Potomac Watershed Initiative works to cleanup and prevent litter throughout the Potomac Watershed. Partners can volunteer by leading a cleanup in their community or by joining an already existing cleanup. Partners can also post the Regional Litter Prevention Campaign in newsletters, news outlets, advertising locations and on site.
Corporate partners play an important role in helping us serve the public. The Alice Ferguson Foundation offers flexible corporate partnership opportunities at every financial level for businesses seeking to invest in the region.