Environmental Education

Anacostia Watershed Stewards

APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN FOR FALL 2022!
The City of Hyattsville is sponsoring two City residents to participate in the Anacostia Watershed Stewards Academy. Participants receive specialized education to recognize and address local water pollution. As part of their coursework they will lead community projects to improve the quality of our streams and rivers.

Audubon Bird-Friendly Habitat Certification

Native plants are beautiful, require less water and maintenance, and provide shelter and food for local wildlife. Not sure where to start? Habitat advisors from the Prince George’s County Audubon Society can help! Email audubonwildlifehabitat@gmail.com to request a FREE site visit and receive suggestions that will put you on the path towards Audubon Bird-Friendly Habitat certification. The first 25 City residents to complete the program will receive a free yard certification sign courtesy of the City of Hyattsville!

If you’d like to make a difference in your neighborhood, the Prince George’s County Audubon Society is looking for habitat advisors! Email audubonwildlifehabitat@gmail.com to learn more about this volunteer opportunity. Volunteer trainings will take place on September 29 and October 1.

Driskell Park Tree Tour

Walk the Driskell Park woods with this tree tour map to identify local tree species! Trees along the route are identified by informational signage.

Hyattsville Green Housekeeping Resources

Learn how to keep your home and our environment safe with the resources provided at the City's March 2022 Green Housekeeping Workshops. Workshops were offered in partnership with the Prince George's County Department of the Environment with assistance from the Anacostia Watershed Society, and Defensores de la Cuenca.

Mosquito Control Virtual Education Session

Keep the bugs away! Learn from the University of Maryland Professor Paul Leisnham who studies community-led and traditional mosquito control approaches in urban areas. Professor Leisnham discusses the Citizen Action Through Science (AcTS) model of control adopted by residents in University Park, which significantly reduced biting tiger mosquito populations without relying on 'top-down' agency-based chemical control.

View Professor Leisnham's slides here.

Resource Guides

Leading a more eco-friendly lifestyle is easy and fun! Whether you're already an environmental champion, or you're looking for where to start, the City of Hyattsville and The Neighborhood Design Center are here to help. 

The Action Guides linked below provide guidance for community members to keep our planet happy and healthy. Together we can make lifestyle choices that not only fit the planet’s biocapacity, but help us save money and feel healthier to boot!

How Do I Become an Environmental Champion?
How Do I Build & Install a Rain Barrel?
How Do I Create a Native Pollinator Garden?
How Do I Design & Build a Rain Garden?
How Do I Identify & Remove Weeds?
How Do I Increase Energy Efficiency?
How Do I Pick Suitable Native Plants?
How Do I Plant a Tree?
How Do I Remove English Ivy?
How Do I Weatherize My House?
How Do I Use Leaves for Mulch?

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