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 Friends of Sligo Creek
 PO Box 11572
 Takoma Park, MD

It's that time of year again! Our bi-annual Sweep the Creek is Sept 29-30 this Fall. This is your opportunity to help keep your neighborhood creek clean of debris. All ages welcome (great for SSD credit!) - Posted Sept 17

  • Sweep the Creek (Sept 29-30)
  • Help FOSC at TP Folk Fest (Sept 16)
  • Champion Trees Tour (Oct 20)
  • 15 Fish Species in Sligo!
- Posted Sept 17

Join Caitlin Wall of the Potomac Conservancy, Eliza Cava of the Audubon Naturalist Society, and Kit Gage of FOSC on Tues Aug 28th for a discussion of how Ike Leggett changed rainwater projects in MC, much to the chagrin of many local environmentalists. More info in our latest newsletter (see the first story). - Posted August 21

The FOSC webmaster has finally caught up with all your terrific sightings! Be sure to check out several neat dragonflies (July 1st & 29th), a juvenile Yellow-Crowned Night Heron (that looks like it just fell out of bed--July 4), and a slew of wild flowers (July 1), along with other great sightings. Keep 'em coming! - Posted August 12

  • Stormwater Drama and Intrigue on Aug 28
  • "Happy Trails" to Ann Hoffnar
  • New Kiosk Team Gets Started
  • FOSC Gets Water Quality Grant
  • Less Mowing along Parkway for Pollinators
- Posted July 30

Read the latest from Corinne on FOSC happenings.
- Posted July 21

Be on the lookout for this aggressive new plant threat from Asia. In addition to the HGIC link given in the title, a good article on the pest can be found in the Washington Post.
- Posted July 21

Think you know everything about rain gardens?
Check out this article for a little levity on the subject.
- Posted June 30

Female snapping turtles are heading up on land now to lay eggs. Only move a turtle if in danger of being hit by a car. For more information, check out the Nature Conservancy of Canada's YouTube video. - Posted May 31

  • Tour Sligo Meadow June 19
  • Art Contest Raises Storm Drain Awareness
  • Spring Sweep Draws 500+
  • Report Deer Fawns for Tracking
  • Follow Our Birds on eBird
- Posted May 31

The Three Oaks neighborhood has been given a grant to lower its impact on Sligo Creek and the broader watershed. The project will collect water runoff from asphalt and gutters and help it seep gradually into the soil, reducing pollutants going into storm drains.
- Posted May 23

Our bird walk this past weekend (5/5) went so well that David and Mary are hosting another this coming weekend (5/12). Please join them on their quest for birds.
- Posted May 7

A slew of sightings have come in the past few weeks--have you seen a Black-and-White Warbler? - Posted May 4

Tired of seeing too much waste in your recycling bin, trash can, on area streets, or along Sligo Creek? Learn how to live "low waste" by attending a FREE workshop sponsored by the City of Takoma Park”Ēs Neighborhood Services Division. - Posted Apr 23

Watch one person's efforts to keep our creek clean. Your own effort to dispose of trash properly and/or lead your own mini-sweep like Galen's makes an impact.
- Posted Apr 8

  • Bats and "Inspiration Works" April 10
  • Sweep The Creek is April 21-22
  • Bird Outing May 5
  • Folleto en EspaƱol para FOSC
  • Spring Beauty and the Bee
- Posted Apr 3

Ensure your Montgomery County Reps continue existing programs to keep our local streams clean.
- Posted Mar 22

We couldn't do it without you...really! Your help is greatly appreciated during our bi-annual Sweep The Creek.
- Posted Mar 21

If you have not yet joined Amazon Smile and planned to make any purchases on Amazon this month, please consider joining and choosing FOSC as your charity. Through March 31st, they will donate 1.5% of your purchase price to us, rather than the usual 0.5%. Thanks!
- Posted Mar 12

  • Bat Talk at Inspiration Works April 10
  • Sweep The Creek is April 21-22
  • 200 Trees and Shrubs to Be Planted
  • Share Your Nature Sightings
  • Sligo's Invisible Flowers
- Posted Mar 12

  • Tour the Sligo Gorge March 3
  • Volunteer Needed for Program Hospitality
  • Grant for Stormwater Control
  • Love on a Lek for Valentine's Day
- Posted Feb 6

Enter your original artwork into Montgomery County's Storm Drain Art Contest. Beautify your neighborhood while educating the community with your environmental message. Feb 16th deadline.
- Posted Jan 22

A big ThAnKs! to everyone who came out to remove invasive plants and pick up trash in Sligo Creek Park. Check out the excellent photos taken by the MCNPPC photographer Tony Ventouris.
- Posted Jan 22

Our long-standing volunteer, Laura Mol, is stepping down from her role as creative genius of our kiosk displays. If you'd like to try your hand, and/or can help with their posting, please see the first article in our January newsletter.
- Posted Jan 11

  • Volunteer(s) Needed for Kiosks
  • Invasive Plant Removals Jan 15 & 27
  • Major Water Main Break in Kemp Mill
  • How Do Chickadees Survive the Cold?
- Posted Jan 11

Visit WSSC's website to identify what type of problem you're having and make a report if necessary.
- Posted Jan 9
Check out the latest coliform data along Sligo Creek, and compare to historical data.
- Posted Jan 9
Find out the status of broken water pipes near you.
- Posted Jan 8
FOSC webmaster finally catches up to all your great sightings!
- Posted Dec 21
Silver Spring Cares, who we partnered with to facilitate coordination among local non-profit groups, interviewed past and former presidents Kit Gage and Corinne Stephens.
- posted Dec 16
Outfall monitoring reports for four sites in September, and overall water quality reports for September and November from Pat Ratkowski, our Water Quality chair.
- posted Dec 15
Corinne Stephens, FoSC President, sends her end of year greetings to our wonderful members.
- posted Dec 11
We hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving. If you're thinking about making a donation for Giving Tuesday, we would greatly appreciate it coming to us! Find out what we're doing for our community.
- Posted Nov 27
  • WSSC Discusses Colesville Water Main and Becca Lilly Pipe
  • Sligo Meadow Widened With 200 More Plants
  • South African Family Inspired by FOSC
  • Author of "Humane Gardener" Speaks Nov 15
  • Why Do Autumn Leaves Turn Red?
- posted Nov 7
A big THANKS from the FOSC President to everyone who helped out with our Fall Sweep.
- Posted Oct 19
  • Next Meadow Planting Nov 2
  • Fall "Sweep" Draws 400 Volunteers
  • Get Your FOSC Window Sticker!
  • Trash Update from Alice Ferguson Foundation
- posted Oct 19
Sat Oct 14, 11am-4pm, Bladensburg Riverfront Park.
- Posted Oct 6
One of our main events for the year is coming soon! We hope you can find time to help out for this important event.
- Posted Sept 13
  • Volunteer for FOSC at Folk Fest
  • Fall Sweep Sept 30-Oct 1
  • Sligo Meadow Tour Sept 13
  • Latest News on Litter Control Sept 19
  • Stormwater Landscapes at Georgia Ave Church
- posted Sept 9
Greenish water in Bennington Tributary spotted the week of Aug 14th.
- Posted Aug 27
Several recent sightings for an odd little bird waddling around Sligo Creek between Wayne & Rt. 29.
- Posted Aug 19
Come on out and enjoy the day at the TP Folk Festival, and help out FOSC at the same time. Find out how!
- Posted Aug 10
  • Litter Control Talk, Sept 19
  • High Turnout for Rachel Carson Talk
  • Kiosk Postings at 5 Years
  • Habitat & Stormwater Improvements
- posted Aug 3
On Saturday, June 15th, Kit Gage joined the DC Jewish Day School's 4th grade class on a trip to Sligo Creek Park.
- Posted July 24
FOSC's own Jim Anderson was named Volunteer of the Year by the Montgomery County Recreation and Parks Advisory Board, in recognition of Jim's more than 4,000 hours of service to Sligo Creek Park. Congrats to Jim for this impressive feat!
- Posted July 19
More than 70 cyclists rode the length of Sligo Creek (~12 miles one way) on June 6th for our second Bike Ride for Clean Water.
- Posted July 19
See the big impacts stormwater management projects in the Dennis Ave area have had for water quality and aquatic life.
- Posted July 16

Please consider supporting the
Friends of Sligo Creek in our efforts to protect and improve Sligo Creek Park and its surrounding watershed.
We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

Want to be more involved in your community? Consider volunteering with FOSC. Meet your neighbors, improve your surroundings,
enhance your skill set.


Saturday Sept 29 (9-11am)
Sunday Sept 30 (1-3pm)

Join your neighbors for FOSC's semi-annual creek cleanup. Gloves will be provided.

Saturday Oct 13: 11am-4pm
Free bilingual family-friendly event with live performances, ethnic foods, boat rides & more!

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