Spring weather got you in a cleaning kind of mood? Take a break from your closets and put that spring cleaning energy to use at rivers and parks throughout the DMV. We found four places where the whole family can pitch in this Earth Day (plus two places to celebrate when you’re done!).

Photo: Lisa Parker via Flickr

Anacostia River
With multiple points throughout the district, Montgomery County, and Prince George’s County, there is likely an Anacostia clean-up site near you. The Anacostia Watershed Society welcomes all, families and kids included, at their annual Earth Day Cleanup and Celebration. They provide the tools and supplies, you provide the manpower to make the river sparkle. In 2016, nearly 2,000 volunteers removed more than 74,000 pounds of waste from the river. This year, you can be part of that.

When: Apr. 22, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Sites around the Anacostia Watershed
Online: anacostiaws.org

Potomac Overlook
With 67 acres of park, trails, and gardens (both wild and cultivated) plus dozens of programs and activities, Potomac Overlook is a great place to spend a day. But a space like this doesn’t stay beautiful on its own. On Earth Day, join the staff for a big spring clean. Tasks include removing invasive plants, cleaning up trails, and more.

When: Apr. 22, 10 a.m.
Potomac Overlook Regional Park
2845 North Marcey Rd. (Arlington, Va)
Online: active.com

Rock Creek
Head to one of 75 sites along the 33-mile length of Rock Creek to participate in the 9th annual Rock Creek Extreme Cleanup. Although the cleanup happens each year, trash also accumulates annually, gathering from littering and runoff from street gutters. The Rock Creek Conservancy runs the day and aims to completely clean Rock Creek, its tributaries, nearby parks and neighborhoods.

When: Apr. 22
Cleanups at 75 locations along the 33-mile length of Rock Creek
Online: rockcreekconservancy.org

Carrie Murray Nature Center
The Carrie Murray Nature Center in Baltimore offers two Earth Day opportunities. Take a naturalist-led hike along the trails and help pick up trash along the way from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. Arrive earlier with your little ones for a morning hike (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.) to gather litter from the trails and stream that you’ll then use to create LITTERBUGS.

When: Apr. 22, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
1901 Ridgetop Rd. (Baltimore, Md)
Online: carriemurraynaturecenter.org

National Zoo’s Earth Optimism Day
If your little ones are a bit too little for an Earth Day hike or clean up activity, you can still celebrate the day with fun and education. This family-friendly event includes interactive demonstrations and a conservation scavenger hunt. Enjoy the morning as a family or stop by after you’ve done a little cleanup elsewhere.

When: Apr. 22, 10 a.m.– 2 p.m.
Online: nationalzoo.si.edu

Alexandria Earth Day
With a focus on clean water, Alexandria Earth Day takes place at Lenny Harris Memorial Fields with exhibits and events. Engage your kids ahead of time with the activity packet, all about water consumption.

When: Apr. 29 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
1005 Mt. Vernon Ave (Alexandria, Va)
Online: alexandriava.gov

What are your plans this Earth Day? Tell us in the comments section below. 

–Tricia Mirchandani