Friends of Sligo Creek is a nonprofit community organization dedicated to protecting, improving, and appreciating the ecological health of Sligo Creek park and its surrounding watershed.

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 indoor 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.

    Virtual events at this time

    FOSC is holding September and October events virtually.

    Saturday Sept. 26th (National Public Lands Day) through Sunday October 11th, Friends of Sligo Creek is promoting an extended Individual and Family Sweep the Creek. We hope you, either as an individual or a family group, will pick up trash and litter in Sligo sometime during these two weeks. With physical distancing, of course! Share your individual sweep or other Sligo Creek pictures and we’ll feature them on a homepage gallery, on facebook, and in the newsletter!

    Welcome to the FOSC website

    You’re on our new website with a clean interface, new information and interactive features as well as many of the resources from the old site. We’re not finished transferring all the material we definitely want to include, but it’s coming in the next few months as we review and update it. Revisions to the mobile view are also underway.

    Please let us know what else you’d like to see or if you don’t find what you’re looking for.

    -Mike Smith, President of FOSC

    News & Updates

    September 2020 Newsletter

    FOSC September 2020 NewsletterFamily Zoom Event on Fall NatureAlternative Sweep the CreekSept. 10 Storm FloodingPhotographer [...]

    August 2020 Newsletter

    FOSC August 2020 Newsletter Beltway Expansion Hearings Long Branch Stormwater Controls Help with Trash July [...]

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    Ellsworth Drive Synthetic Turf Proposal

    Update: Written comments on abandonment of Ellsworth Drive are open through Sept 28.

    See FOSC’s Sept 21 letter to the MCDOT Hearing Examiner on Ellsworth Abandonment (ie, relinquish public ownership to a private owner) between Fenton St and Georgia Ave, Case AB-771, under Letters and Testimony.

    FOSC's Sept 21 Letter Against Abandonment of Ellsworth Drive in Downtown Silver Spring

    Feel free to borrow text from it in your own letter. For background information, please see Current Issues under the Advocacy tab.

    Submit your letter to Tiara McCray, Hearing Examiner, by Sept 28:

    [email protected].

    This is an important issue for downtown Silver Spring. FOSC opposes roadway abandonment to allow installation of synthetic turf because of human health and environmental pollution impacts.

    Plastic bits from artificial turf in the courtyard of the Discovery Bldg 9.2020 Plastic bits from the newly installed synthetic turf in the Discovery Building courtyard 9.2020

    Next, the Hearing Officer will make a recommendation to the County Executive; the County Executive will make a recommendation to the County Council; and the Council will vote on whether to approve the abandonment (transfer ownership from the public sector to the private developer) of Ellsworth.

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    Get Involved

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