Earth Day Litter Pickup at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

In celebration of Earth Day 2016, Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) invites the public to promote environmental stewardship by participating in their annual litter pickup activities at the Refuge. Come out to the Refuge and work with staff, Friends of Blackwater members, and other volunteers as we clean up Refuge roads to promote the health of the forest and wetlands, and to protect the wildlife. Help us continue a tradition that began in 1970, when over 20 million people pledged to help the environment during the first Earth Day.

Blackwater NWR's Annual Earth Day Litter Pickup will be held on Saturday, April 9th, from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Trash will be collected from the roads around Blackwater NWR. Volunteers should meet at the Blackwater NWR Visitor Center, located at 2145 Key Wallace Drive near Cambridge, Maryland. Snacks and drinks will be supplied by the Friends of Blackwater for everyone who comes. In addition, the first 30 people who register for this event will receive an appreciation gift.

Individuals and groups of all ages are invited, and low-traffic litter areas will be set aside for those with young children. Participants are encouraged to bring gloves and wear brightly colored clothes for working along the roads. If you, your family, or your organization is interested in registering for the Litter Pickup please call Tom Miller at 410-228-2677 or email . If you need directions to Blackwater NWR, visit our Frequently Asked Questions.

[Note: This page will be updated when the 2017 Earth Day Litter Pickup information is available.]