In the latest sign that the city is working to revitalize the Anacostia River corridor with programs and activities, D.C.’s Department of Energy & Environment is launching free educational boat tours of the river for groups of 15 to 25 people.

The program, called Anacostia River Explorers, aims to inform the public about the history of the river, its wildlife, and the threats to its safety. Complete tours are two-hours long while partial ones are half that, either on motorized boats or canoes. DOEE has partnered with groups Anacostia Riverkeeper and the Anacostia Watershed Society for private tours.

The tours will span about seven miles of the Anacostia River. A DOEE spokesperson says public tours will begin in April, although there are a few private tours scheduled for this month. Both partner organizations will provide hour-long tours during the Kingman Island Bluegrass Festival on Saturday, April 30, the spokesperson added—mostly led by their staff.

Motorized boats can accommodate 15 to 20 people, meaning if both groups gave tours at once, there’d be capacity for 30 to 40 people. Canoe tours can accommodate 25 people, across 10 separate canoes, according to the DOEE spokesperson. DOEE hopes the Anacostia River Explorers program will expand with additional partners and activities through grants.

A map of where the tours embark from is below:

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

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