February 2018


In February, we’ll learn how to identify area birds by sight and by sound. And we’ll explore the African-American legacy in our watershed with visits to the Slave Museum upstream in Sandy Spring, the Prince Georges County African American Museum and Culture Center downstream in North Brentwood and hike the Upper NWB along the Underground Railroad Adventure Trail. 

Date TBD

Hike along the Underground Railroad Adventure Trail in Sandy Spring.

March 2018


In March, we’ll learn about the various ways, from rain barrels to green roofs, we can capture stormwater from our homes, schools or religious institutions – AND about the financial and expert support available to assist us. We’ll also convene the annual meeting at which our Board is elected. 

March 7, Wednesday

Program:  Rainscape Your Homes, Schools and Religious Institutions

Speaker: Ann English, Montgomery County Dept. of Environmental Protection

Annual NNWB Board Election

7:30 -9:15 p.m.

Location TBD

April 2018

 In April, we’ll hike along the stream’s mid-section along the NWB Trail in search of the birds we learned to identify back in February. And we’ll celebrate Earth Day with clean-ups all along the NWB. 

April 4, Wednesday

NNWB Meeting

7:30 p.m.

Topic and location TBD

April 7, Saturday

Bird Walk with leader Ross Feldner

Meet at Burnt Mills Dam at 9:00 am 

April 21

Earth Day Weekend Clean-ups at various sites (in conjunction with AWS). 

Stream monitoring

May 2018

In May, we’ll visit Rachel Carson’s home and hike the stream’s mid-section along the Rachel Carson Trail when the Mountain Laurel is in full bloom.

May 2, Wednesday

NNWB meeting

7:30 p.m.

Topic and location TBD

May 5, Saturday

Montgomery County's Greenfest.

Jessup Blair Park

11 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

NNWB will participate with a table showcasing what we do for the Northwest Branch.

Date TBD

Mountain Laurel Hike along the Rachel Carson Trail   

May 27, Sunday

Rachel Carson Open House

June 2018

In the warmth of June we’ll explore the lower section of the Northwest Branch by biking from the Beltway to its confluence with the Northeast Branch, then hop on a boat to boat down the mainstem of the Anacostia. (provisional) (picture by Anacostia Watershed Society)

June 2, Saturday

Bike Ride - along the Lower NWB from Beltway to Mainstem

Start time and location TBD. Stay tuned.

June 6, Wednesday

NNWB meeting

7:30 p.m.

Topic and location TBD

Recent Event: "Sense of Wonder" virtual bird walk, Feb. 7, 2018

A group of over 20 participants were treated to a sight-sound match of birds and their songs, along with interesting information about the birds' habits and talents.  Many of these birds are ones we can expect to see on our outdoor bird walk April 7, 9 a.m., Burnt Mills dam.

Recent Event: MLK service weekend cleanups, Jan. 13 and 15, 2018

Check out pictures from a very cold weekend of cleanups at Broad Acres Local Park and the Lamberton Tributary. Both areas contribute trash to the Northwest Branch.  Best to get it BEFORE it gets to the Branch.

Recent Event: Cleanup at Burnt Mills (10/28/17)

Getting ready.

Participants from White Oak Middle School sign in and pick up bags and gloves for the morning's work.

On the job.

We would prefer not to have to clean up careless people's trash, but those who help in this endeavor enjoy some camaraderie while they work.


After sorting and consolidation, what we removed from the stream and valley amounted to 13 bags full of recyclables and 12 bags of other trash.

Recent Event: Rachel Carson House visit (9/16/17)

Meeting at Burnt Mills Dam

James Graham discusses the hike to Rachel Carson's home along the Rachel Carson Trail on the Northwest Branch.

Two Mile Trek

Walking north upstream on a beautiful day, if unseasonably warm.

Rachel Carson's Pollinator Garden

After the tour and presentations we toured the pollinator garden.