$20 – $40

Living Building Site Tour - Potomac, Maryland + Virginia ASLA

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Alice Ferguson Foundation

2001 Bryan Point Road

Accokeek, MD 20607

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Join the Potomac, Maryland, and Virginia Chapters for a joint event to tour the beautiful property of the Alice Ferguson Foundation in Southern Maryland. Only 30 spots available, so get your tickets early!


What's included?

  • Private guided tour of the Living Building and surrounding structures and landscapes (see below).
  • Lunch
  • 3 PDHs through LA CES (pending approval)
  • Carpool Matching


Where is it?
Accokeek, MD is in Prince George's County, 30 minutes from DC, 1 hour from Baltimore, and 2 hours from Richmond.


Carpooling
Help reduce our footprint by signing up for a carpool! Upon registration, you will be asked about your willingness to share a ride with others also attending the event.


Alice Ferguson Foundation
The Alice Ferguson Foundation is an environmental education center on 300 acres along the Potomac in Accokeek, MD across the Potomac from Mount Vernon. The environmental center’s education program for elementary and middle school students is designed to promote understanding and stewardship of the natural resources in the Potomac River watershed and the legacy of farming in southern Maryland. Courses immerse students in various field studies involving fun and innovative hands-on activities and field investigations designed to engage all learning styles.

Living Building
The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Environmental Center at the Alice Ferugon Foundation is only the 13th project in the world to achieve full Living Building Challenge certification, the most rigorous and ambitious performance standard for buildings on the planet. To qualify, a structure must operate for a full year proving that it operates at net-zero energy and net-zero water in addition to being carbon neutral, using construction materials that are non-toxic and non-polluting and meeting numerous other environmental and social criteria.


Tour Highlights

  • The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Environmental Center (CEC): Designed to meet the net-zero energy, net-zero water, carbon neutral and non-toxic component requirements of the Living Building Challenge ™, the Foundation’s CEC is one of the most energy-efficient and greenest buildings in the world. Maximizing the use of natural light through clerestory and numerous other windows, the building is an extension of the natural beauty and landscape of Piscataway National Park, in which it is situated. The CEC is a central component of the Foundation’s environmental education campus and working farm. With views of Mount Vernon across the Potomac River and up river to Washington, D.C., this bucolic setting feels like a ‘world away’ from the hustle and bustle of the Nation’s Capital, but in reality is just a few miles south of the city in Maryland’s Prince George’s County.
  • Moss Overnight Lodge: When completed, the ‘Moss’ overnight lodge will be nestled in the woods on a north-facing slope, replacing the nearly 50-year old residential facility.
  • Boardwalk and Observation Stations: Nature is the best classroom and a carefully crafted series of bio-swales and rain gardens will help ensure the ‘classroom’ is well outfitted with opportunities to learn about engineering and other STEM concepts. The fully accessible boardwalk, replete with observation stations and completed in 2013, meanders through an emergent wetland thereby complementing the notion of nature as classroom.
  • Bunkhouses: In addition to the main educational buildings, two new bunkhouses have been completed and will provide much needed accommodations when deconstruction of the current lodge begins. Once the lodge is completed, the bunkhouses will provide auxiliary sleeping quarters, enhancing the Foundation’s ability to serve more students.
  • Cultural Heritage: A part of AFF’s mission is to preserve the cultural heritage of the property, including a working farm, garden, and historic farmhouse.
  • Piscataway National Park & Living Shoreline: In the 1960’s, the Alice Ferguson Foundation ceded land to the National Park Service to protect the shoreline. Today, they operate under a cooperative agreement. In 2010, the Alice Ferguson Foundation and its partners completed an innovative project to protect the shoreline in Piscataway Park — a stabilized “Living Shoreline” that can give-and-take with the powerful Potomac River.


Site Design Team
Re:Vision Architecture - Architect
Andropogon - Landscape Architect
Biohabitats - Greywater design


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This event is sponsored by Anova Furnishings

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Alice Ferguson Foundation

2001 Bryan Point Road

Accokeek, MD 20607

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