What FOSC does

Friends of Sligo Creek (FOSC) offers events year round in support and appreciation of Sligo Creek and adjacent parkland. Litter clean-up and invasive plant clear-out events are among the most popular FOSC activities in the spring, summer and fall. FOSC also sponsors guided outdoor explorations of different sections and aspects of Sligo Creek flora and fauna. A wide variety of other programs throughout the year educate neighbors and users of the park about Sligo Creek’s strengths and challenges. FOSC also monitors the creek, advocating for civic policies that will support a healthier Sligo.

FOSC invites you to visit the creek, volunteer at an upcoming event, attend a program, advocate for the Creek, and join FOSC.

    Bird outing with Dave Blockstein and Mary Sanger. Sat June 19, time TBD. Keep your eyes open (and check your spam folder) for the details, coming in a FOSC email. Open to the first 20 people who respond to the email. We’ll create a waiting list as well.


    Migratory Fish in Sligo Creek? Tuesday July 20 at 7:00pm via Zoom. What are the prospects for migratory fish like shad and herring in Sligo Creek? Come find out from Phong Trieu of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Anacostia Program who will describe his findings and observations about these migratory fish entering Anacostia watershed tributaries in recent years. Meeting details are in the Calendar on the Calendar of Events page.

    Cicada party: Saturday, June 5 at 5:00pm at the backstop of the Dennis Ave ballfields next to Sligo Middle School. John Lill, Biological Sciences Dept chair at GWU, and Diane Lill, Greenkids Program Director at the Audubon Naturalist Society, will lead a walkabout at this cicada party. Bring camera/phone, and wear long pants.

    The ARK/FOSC/NNB Summer Water Quality Monitoring Program is underway and reporting results. Find out the latest on the Water Quality page.

    Sligo Creek connects us. The varying murmurs and roars of the Creek, the raindrops glistening on the tree leaves, the surprising plant and animal life all offer opportunities for reverie and reflection, comfort and respite.

    Friends of Sligo Creek works to protect and restore Sligo Creek. We organize neighbors like you to:

    • remove non-native, invasive plants;
    • monitor water quality and report illegal pollution through Water WatchDogs;
    • present Zoom programs on Sligo’s natural history and challenges;
    • conduct stream litter clean-ups such Sweep the Creek;
    • manage local stormwater projects and educate our community about stormwater management;
    • advocate for Sligo-friendly practices with local, state and other officials; and more.

    Please help support Friends of Sligo Creek for everyone in our community. Join FOSC, and make a donation today. Donating online is easy and secure. Or donate via check to: FOSC, P.O. Box 11572, Takoma Park, MD 20913.

    Many volunteer efforts are underway now. Find out about them and plan to be a part of protecting Sligo Creek and park.

    Thank you very much.

    -Mike Smith, President of FOSC

    News & Updates

    FOSC Action Hub

    Sligo Creek Water WatchDog mascot

    Report it ASAP!
    Send an email to:

    [email protected]

    You play an important role protecting the creek. Please report any pollution you see in the creek or heading into a storm drain ASAP, with photos. They help the County experts investigate.

    A beneficial native vine sometimes mistaken for an invasive plant.

    Unless you are a MoCo certified Weed Warrior, please don’t cut or remove plants in Sligo Creek park. Recently someone mistakenly cut a native grape vine. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected]. If you’d like to become a Weed Warrior, email [email protected]

    Graphic of downtown Silver Spring redesign of Ellsworth DriveFind out why FOSC opposes synthetic turf on Ellsworth Drive in DTSS. Write the County Executive to oppose abandonment of Ellsworth Drive unless healthy alternatives are used. Write to Marc Elrich, Montgomery County Executive.

    FOSC Supports the MD Plastic Bag Reduction Act

    FOSC supports the Plastic Bag Reduction Act (HB 314/SB223) now in House of Delegates, Environment & Transportation Committee. Introduced by Del. Brooke Lierman, the bill would ban single use bags in MD. Write to your delegate or Kumar Barve, Committee Chair, to express your opinion.

    Map of Wheaton Branch Flood Mitigation Project - issues

    The FOSC Stormwater Committee suggested to DEP and DOT that the Wheaton Branch Flood mitigation project incorporate more green strategies and extend the project to Bucknell Drive. Find out more on the Stormwater page and add your voice to the conversation with DEP/DOT.

    Recent Videos

    Remove Invasives from Your Yard & Keep Them Out of Sligo

    Jim Anderson, Weed Warrior

     FOSC on iNaturalist

    Pine Siskins at Wheaton Branch Ponds by Stephen Davies
    Heard about FOSC on iNaturalist.org but uncertain how to navigate the site or contribute your own observations? Expert birder and iNaturalist… Read more

    FOSC on YouTube

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    Get Involved

    • Participate in your community
    • Meet your neighbors
    • Improve your surroundings
    • Enhance your skill set
    • Advocate for the Creek
    • Arrange a group activity for your club or group
    Join FOSC
    • Receive the monthly eNewsletter
    • Get early notice of events and special opportunities
    • Have your name forwarded to your Section Steward for hands-on events
    • Contribute to special projects
    • Fund outdoor events, expert talks, equipment for invasive plant/litter removal, the kiosks in the park, water quality testing, and more
    • Support FOSC’s outreach to schools, civic groups, and all communities
    We’re listening
    • Tell us about your experience at a FOSC event
    • Suggest an activity
    • Voice your concern about an environmental issue
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