Wealth of the Watershed Family Ride: Trail Ride to Kingman & Heritage Island

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The Wealth of the Watershed (WoW) program series is designed to introduce young people and their families to all of the wealth the Anacostia River and its surrounding watershed communities have to offer.

Interested in spending quality family time learning more about the ongoing conservation efforts within the Anacostia Watershed? Get the family together and join us on a free family bike ride to explore the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail and Kingman & Heritage Island. The roughly 6 mile ride will start at Anacostia Boat Ramp Parking Lot, head upstream along the east bank on the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail to Kingman & Heritage Island and then head back along the west bank following the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail, ending back at Anacostia Park. We will stop along the ride to discuss various Anacostia Watershed conservation and restoration efforts and to reflect on all the great places we can access using the trails within the watershed. This event is open to families (8 years old and up). Participants must be prepared to ride a bike continuously for 20 minutes. Registration is required. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes and bring water.

Click here to view WABA’s Code of Conduct for event participants.

Ride Details

Duration: 1.5 hour ride + stop at Kingman & Heritage Island

Approx. 6 miles, the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail. Some portions of the trail on Kingman & Heritage Island will be unpaved/crushed gravel.

Equipment: Participants are required to bring their own bicycle and helmet for this ride.

Capital Bikeshare bikes are available in the park for riders ages 16+. If you would like to use one for the ride please let us know when you register.

Cost: FREE

Registration Policy: Advance registration is required for this event. Be sure to show up for the ride at least 10 minutes before departure.

Health and Safety Protocols

Due to the ongoing effects of COVID-19, all participants are expected to adhere to WABA’s health and safety guidelines for in-person events.

  • Participants should not attend in-person events if they feel sick or show symptoms of illness. WABA will refund registration fees to individuals who cannot attend because they are sick on the day of an event. If you are sick and unable to attend an in-person event, contact WABA.
  • WABA family rides are mask optional. WABA does not require participants to be vaccinated in order to attend rides although we strongly encourage all participants to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Those who have not been vaccinated are required to wear a CDC approved facemask for the duration of the ride. Anyone who has received the COVID-19 vaccine may choose to forgo masks. WABA respects anyone’s decision to wear a mask and encourages all people to advocate for themselves. If you would like to wear a mask during the ride and would like to maintain social distancing we highly encourage you to do so! WABA will not tolerate any disrespect towards WABA staff or participants who choose to wear a mask for their own safety and peace of mind.
  • Participants will provide their contact information at event registration. Participants consent to WABA contacting them and/or releasing their contact information to necessary authorities if there is a need for contact tracing following an event to contain an outbreak of COVID-19.

Ride Location

Start and End Location: Anacostia Park Boat Ramp Parking Lot

1500 Anacostia Dr, Washington, DC 20020

Drive to the end of Anacostia Drive. You will see the skate pavilion on your right. At the end of the road, the pavement will turn into dirt and you will see a sign that says “service vehicles only”. Your class will take place in the parking lot to the right of this sign. Instructors will be wearing teal polos.

Biking/Walking: This location is accessible via the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail

Parking: There is parking available at this location.

Public Transportation: This location is a 15-minute walk from the Pennsylvania Ave L’Enfant SE Bus Station

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Wealth of the Watershed Family Ride: End of Summer Ice Cream Ride!

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The Wealth of the Watershed (WoW) program series is designed to introduce young people and their families to all of the wealth the Anacostia River and its surrounding watershed communities have to offer.

Let’s close out the summer together! Join us for one last family ride before school starts as we explore the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail and make our way over the Yards Park for Ice cream and family fun! The roughly 6 mile ride will start at the Anacostia Boat Ramp Parking Lot and follow the Anacostia Riverwalk trail to Yards Park. We’ll celebrate the end of summer with a stop at a shop for milkshakes before we head back up the trail. This event is open to families (8 years old and up). Participants must be prepared to ride a bike continuously for 20 minutes. Registration is required. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes and bring water.

Click here to view WABA’s Code of Conduct for event participants.

Ride Details

Duration: 1.5 hour ride + stop for milkshakes.

Approx. 6 miles mainly on the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail.

Equipment: Participants are required to bring their own bicycle and helmet for this ride.

Capital Bikeshare bikes are available in the park for riders ages 16+. If you would like to use one for the ride please let us know when you register.

Cost: FREE

Registration Policy: Advance registration is required for this event. Be sure to show up for the ride at least 10 minutes before departure.

Health and Safety Protocols

Due to the ongoing effects of COVID-19, all participants are expected to adhere to WABA’s health and safety guidelines for in-person events.

  • Participants should not attend in-person events if they feel sick or show symptoms of illness. WABA will refund registration fees to individuals who cannot attend because they are sick on the day of an event. If you are sick and unable to attend an in-person event, contact WABA.
  • WABA family rides are mask optional. WABA does not require participants to be vaccinated in order to attend rides although we strongly encourage all participants to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Those who have not been vaccinated are required to wear a CDC approved facemask for the duration of the ride. Anyone who has received the COVID-19 vaccine may choose to forgo masks. WABA respects anyone’s decision to wear a mask and encourages all people to advocate for themselves. If you would like to wear a mask during the ride and would like to maintain social distancing we highly encourage you to do so! WABA will not tolerate any disrespect towards WABA staff or participants who choose to wear a mask for their own safety and peace of mind.
  • Participants will provide their contact information at event registration. Participants consent to WABA contacting them and/or releasing their contact information to necessary authorities if there is a need for contact tracing following an event to contain an outbreak of COVID-19.

Ride Location

Start and End Location: Anacostia Park Boat Ramp Parking Lot

1500 Anacostia Dr, Washington, DC 20020

Drive to the end of Anacostia Drive. You will see the skate pavilion on your right. At the end of the road, the pavement will turn into dirt and you will see a sign that says “service vehicles only”. Your class will take place in the parking lot to the right of this sign. Instructors will be wearing teal polos.

Parking: There is parking available at this location.

Public Transportation: This location is a 15-minute walk from the Pennsylvania Ave L’Enfant SE Bus Station

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Wealth of the Watershed Family Ride to the National Arboretum!

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The Wealth of the Watershed (WoW) program series is designed to introduce young people and their families to all of the wealth the Anacostia River and its surrounding watershed communities have to offer.

Want to see what our WoW campers were up to this summer?! Join us on this free family-friendly ride to the National Arboretum where we will make a stop at the Washington Youth Garden. Since 1971 the Washington Youth Garden has been providing a space for youth to connect to food, the land, and one another. The ride will start at the Fields at RFK and will be about 7 miles of trail, residential, and street riding. This event is open to families (8 years old and up). Participants must be prepared to ride a bike continuously for 20 minutes. Registration is required. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes and bring water.

Click here to view WABA’s Code of Conduct for event participants.

Ride Details

Duration: 1.5 hour ride + stop at Washington Youth Garden

Approx. 7 miles on residential streets, city streets and the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail

Equipment: Participants are required to bring their own bicycle and helmet for this ride. We also encourage you to bring your bike lock if you have one.

Capital Bikeshare bikes are available in the park for riders ages 16+. If you would like to use one for the ride please let us know when you register.

Cost: FREE

Registration Policy: Advance registration is required for this event. Be sure to show up for the ride at least 10 minutes before departure.

Health and Safety Protocols

Due to the ongoing effects of COVID-19, all participants are expected to adhere to WABA’s health and safety guidelines for in-person events.

  • Participants should not attend in-person events if they feel sick or show symptoms of illness. WABA will refund registration fees to individuals who cannot attend because they are sick on the day of an event. If you are sick and unable to attend an in-person event, contact WABA.
  • WABA family rides are mask optional. WABA does not require participants to be vaccinated in order to attend rides although we strongly encourage all participants to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Those who have not been vaccinated are required to wear a CDC approved facemask for the duration of the ride. Anyone who has received the COVID-19 vaccine may choose to forgo masks. WABA respects anyone’s decision to wear a mask and encourages all people to advocate for themselves. If you would like to wear a mask during the ride and would like to maintain social distancing we highly encourage you to do so! WABA will not tolerate any disrespect towards WABA staff or participants who choose to wear a mask for their own safety and peace of mind.
  • Participants will provide their contact information at event registration. Participants consent to WABA contacting them and/or releasing their contact information to necessary authorities if there is a need for contact tracing following an event to contain an outbreak of COVID-19.

Ride Location

Start and End Point : The Fields at RFK

401 Oklahoma Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002 

Turn onto Oklahoma Ave NE from Benning Road. Take the second left and then follow signs for “The Fields” and “The Pavillion”. We will meet in Lot 7 near the Pavillion to perform safety checks and discuss riding in groups before we head out. Ride Leaders will be wearing teal polos.

Biking/Walking
The Fields at RFK are accessible by the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail .

Driving/Parking
Parking is available at this location.

Metro
The Fields at RFK are a 10 minute walk from the Stadium-Armory Station accessible by the Blue, Orange, and Silver Lines.

Bus
This location is accessible by the X1, X3 or Streetcar to Benning Rd & 26th as well as the D6, 97 or B2 to the Stadium-Armory Metro stop.

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Meet Taylor Williams!

Hey! My name is Taylor Williams and I’m honored to be WABA’s new Youth and Family Education Coordinator! 

Throughout my career as an educator and coach I have always believed that every learner deserves an environment where they feel safe to have fun, take risks, and push the limits of their new skills. Being bad at something is always the first step to becoming great at it, but it can be hard to push through that initial period of challenge without anyone in your corner. That’s why I am thrilled to join WABA and continue the work of creating welcoming spaces that empower as many folks as possible, to build the confidence and skills needed to utilize bikes in a way that brings more joy and agency to their lives. 

I’m a lifelong lover of biking who still remembers saving up chore money as a kid to buy their very own purple Mongoose. As a Northern VA native, I’ve been blessed with access to local trails in the D.C. area where I can spend time connecting with friends and family. Over the past four years I have also been able to take advantage of the well developed bike and trail system in South Korea during my commute to work as a Fulbright English Language Teacher, and in my free time.

I’m looking forward to contributing to the growth of a youth and family cycling community closer to home, one that is excited about utilizing our local bike infrastructure as it continues to incorporate equity and accessibility. If you have any questions or great ideas about how we can continue to serve our local youth and family biking needs, I’m eager to hear from you! You can reach me by email at taylor.williams@waba.org.

We’d also love to have you and your family join us, so please, come on out to our classes and events and get in on the fun!