Who We Are

Earth Conservation Corps is a nonprofit, environmental action program powered by  community youth in a transformative year of Anacostia River restoration.

For twenty eight years neighborhood youth with few resources have doggedly fought to reclaim the river in their backyard.  When they began, the Anacostia River was one of the most polluted rivers in America but they have galvanized a massive reclamation effort and the river is recovering. Unfortunately, their neighborhoods have not seen the same level of investment and remain some of the most violent in America. Today almost half of their time is spent on watershed restoration efforts to connect those mean streets to the river and the larger community.

A small but highly trained staff and the dedication of an array of remarkable partners including the Metropolitan Police Department, the Environmental Protection Agency, the District Department of the Environment, DYRS and many other organizations and individuals provide these year round volunteers with the leadership skills and environmental education to set them on a path to a career in nature or science. 

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Our Great Team

By mobilizing the power of volunteers and donors we are proving that egregious environmental problems can become tremendous successes that can be replicated around the world.

Active conservation is restoring the Anacostia while transforming youth into the tough environmental leaders who will grapple with the challenges before us.

Join us! The remarkable progress we have seen in restoring the Anacoctia  is a result of volunteer power! Reach out to us and we will unleash your talents in meaningful rewarding active conservation.

Alison Auerbach

Senior Administrator

Alison is a highly experienced educator who is working with the staff and board to build the strong, forward looking systems to best empower youth to meet tomorrows environmental challenges.

John Wood

Field Director

John moved from being an Americorps Graduate to a staff leadership position where he works tirelessly to meet the needs of every program.

Rodney Stotts

Raptor Program Director

Rodney is a founding corps member of Earth Conservation Corps and is now a respected master falconer who continues to inspire environmental and social activism in his community and around the world.

Kellie Bolinder

Development Director

She is passionate about supporting the sector in any way she can.

Board Of Directors

A dedicated board provides guidance and fiduciary oversight.

Active conservation is restoring the Anacostia while transforming youth into the tough environmental leaders who will grapple with the challenges before us.

Join us! The remarkable progress we have seen in restoring the Anacoctia  is a result of volunteer power! Reach out to us and we will unleash your talents in meaningful rewarding active conservation.

The Honorable John Bridgeland

Dylan Glenn

Dr. Sylvia Earle

Dr. Sylvia Earle

He is passionate about supporting the sector in any way she can.

LeVar Burton

She is passionate about supporting the sector in any way she can.

Sarah Nixon

Dan Tangherlini

Robert Nixon

General and Administrative Donations

Yes we know, who wants to give to G&A, but this is an important element in ensuring the most effective deployment of our volunteer corps.