Volunteers Needed for Clean Up of Soapstone Tributary in Tenleytown

Backyard Biodiversity Project

photo courtesy of Whole Foods Market Tenley

On Saturday, May 17 join the Rock Creek Conservancy and Whole Foods Market in Tenleytown to help clean up land surrounding the last open headwaters of the Soapstone Tributary of Rock Creek.

Just behind Whole Foods and next to the Wilson Aquatic Center lies a patch of land that has been overtaken by invasive species, trash and debris. Whole Foods plans to “reform that land and eventually re-plant it with native plants, grasses and trees, which will in turn attract native insects, butterflies and birds.”

To help make that vision a reality, Whole Foods and the Rock Creek Conservancy are asking for volunteers to pitch in to clear away the trash and remove invasive species, which include English Ivy, wisteria, and porcelain berry vines.

The clean-up will begin at 8:30 a.m. behind Whole Foods on Fort Drive just south of the Aquatic Center. Whole Foods and the Rock Creek Conservancy will provide all the necessary tools and instruction. As an added bonus, Whole Foods is providing coffee and light breakfast snacks in the morning, and lunch for every volunteer after the event concludes at 11:00 a.m.

Saturday is forecast to be a lovely spring day. Consider taking a couple hours out of your morning and sign up online to beautify and preserve Tenleytown’s natural environment. All ages are welcome, so bring the whole family. Just make sure that children under the age of 15 have an adult with them.

Volunteers should wear long pants and long-sleeved T-shirts, as well as durable closed-toe shoes. The organizers also recommend that volunteers bring a water bottle with them.

In the spirit of preserving the environment, consider walking, biking or taking public transportation to the clean-up. The work site is just steps from the Tenleytown Metro Station. If volunteers do need to drive, Whole Foods is offering free parking in the store’s parking garage.

Clean Up Map