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Anacostia River Explorers

Anacostia River Explorers

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Anacostia River Educational Boat Tours

Join Anacostia River Explorers to learn about the Anacostia River’s history, wildlife, the environmental threats it faces, and the solutions helping it realize its full potential. These free, guided motorboat and canoe tours launch from a variety of locations up and down the Anacostia River, and are funded by the District’s disposable bag fee. Public and private tours are available.

Sign up for a tour. Contact DOEE’s partners listed below to schedule a tour. A full tour is two hours, and partial, one-hour tours are also available. Life jackets are provided.

Who can go on Anacostia River Explorers? Pretty much anyone no matter their age, ability, or language is welcome on the motorized tours. Tours for minors (K – 12), individuals with disabilities, and those needing translation services are available, but may require special arrangements.

How many people can go on the tour? Each tour can take roughly 12 -20 people at a time.

How much does it cost? All tours are free.

Anacostia River Explorers educates the public about the Anacostia River including its human and natural history, the threats it faces, and what solutions are being undertaken to help the River realize its full potential as an invaluable asset for the District and its residents.

You can also complete a litter cleanup from a kayak or canoe with Anacostia Green Boats!

Living Classrooms hosts free opportunities to paddle and clean the river during the summer months. This is a citizen science program focused on collecting marine debris from the Anacostia River. We'll weigh it, count it, and measure the volume of the various types of trash we collect while paddling. The data you help us obtain is critical to informing policy and education focused on reducing litter.

Program Contact: [email protected]