Upcoming Events

Pleasant View Project - Earth Day Celebration

April 22, Saturday, 9 AM  - 1 PM

11800 Darnestown Road, Gaithersburg, MD

Join us for our first big volunteer work day at Pleasant View.  We'll be installing two huge beds of native plants -- each 30 feet by 70 feet. Matt Markoff is bringing equipment in to remove turf in the days before our project.  On April 22 we will begin planting!  Please invite family and friends to join us.  We'll be inviting members of the local African American community, watershed groups, and faith groups to join in a community-wide effort to beautify this historic site.  Over time our plantings will provide habitat and better storm water management too.  For more details on this project, go to the heading "Pleasant View Project" on our main menu.  This project will include multiple work days between now and Fall, 2018.

Please bring a shovel (or multiple shovels) and work gloves.  We will have hundreds of plants to install.  We'll also have time for volunteers to visit inside the colored school and talk with former students.  Learn about how you can improve storm water management on your own property -- and tips on creating habitat with native plants.  It's fine if you can't stay the full time -- come for as long as you can.  Or contact Merikay about helping on another date.  This project is a major opportunity for Earth Stewardship East to make a significant difference.

If you work with Scouts or other youth groups, consider including them in this project -- on Earth Day or some other time.  We have several possible Eagle Scout projects that could be done on this property.  

Please email Merikay at merikays@verizon.net or signup on our Facebook page.  We need to know who can help.  Thanks!

Full details on this website main menu under "Pleassant View Project."

Large slope of turf/weeds that we will be replacing with native plants.  What an exciting thing -- to be able to watch the conversion process over time as the plants take root and begin to grow.  By next year they should look great for the 150th celebration of Pleasant View.  

Large slope of turf/weeds that we will be replacing with native plants.  What an exciting thing -- to be able to watch the conversion process over time as the plants take root and begin to grow.  By next year they should look great for the 150th celebration of Pleasant View.


Past Events

Earth Stewardship East 2017 Launch

January 29, Sunday, 7 pm

10923 Breewood Rd, Silver Spring, MD

Please join us to discuss a talk by Elder Marcus Nash, LDS General Authority, on "Righteous Dominion and Compassion for the Earth." Please read or watch before coming. The talk can be found at: https://www.lds.org/topics/environmental-stewardship-and-conservation?lang=eng

We'll also talk about our Chesapeake Bay Trust grant to landscape the Pleasant View Historic Site and other upcoming plans.  Photos and basic info on this project are posted on our website under "Pleasant View Project."  Please read up about what we are doing and bring your questions to the January 29 meeting.

Please RSVP to earthstewardshipeast@gmail.com or click "going" so we know how many to expect. Most of our activities will be family friendly but this particular event is for adults only. Thanks to Chandler and Amy Griggs for hosting.

LDS Earth Stewardship groups are meeting in Utah for similar discussions.

Interfaith Environmental Conference

February 12, Sunday, 3 PM

St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 11701 Clopper Road, Gaithersburg

Earth Stewardship East is co-hosting "Interfaith Light," the fifth annual interfaith environmental conference for our local area.  Merikay Smith will be the keynote speaker joined by representatives of the Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, and Hindu faiths to share inspiration on care for the earth and care for the poor.  These values are core to all major faiths.  We will look at Pope Francis' encyclical and what impacts this statement has had on local, regional and worldwide actions.  Groups active in our area will have display tables and their leaders will be available to talk about local environmental projects.  We plan to have information on current issues being addressed in Annapolis by the current session of our state legislature.  In the past this has been a great event for inspiration, learning and networking -- all to make a positive impact locally.  If you're available to help with setup/cleanup or refreshments, please contact Merikay.  Please invite your friends and neighbors, particularly if they are a "green team" leader in their faith.


Climate Prayer Vigil

January 22, Sunday, 1 pm

Brookside Gardens, Japanese Tea Room

Join us for an interfaith vigil for prayer and meditation on care for Creation this Sunday, January 22, at 1 p.m. at the Brookside Garden Japanese tea room. This vigil is one of 100 vigils being held across the country within the first 100 hours of Mr. Trump's inauguration. People of all political backgrounds care about the earth -- let's join together in prayer.

We will be less than one hour. You're welcome to wander the gardens and nearby woodland trails after. Please invite your friends. Children are welcome too since we're outside and will not be long. 

RSVP: earthstewardshipeast@gmail.com

If you cannot be with us, consider setting aside time to pray and reflect on caring for the air, water, lands, and creatures of our earth. You might like to ponder some of the teachings from Pope Francis which we have posted on this website under the heading, "Inspiration".

Boat Tour of Anacostia River

October 29, 2016 at 10 a m  

Click above (Merikay's photos) and below (Ken Mortensen's photos) to see full slideshowS.  


Don't miss the free Anacostia boat tour on Saturday, October 29.  We will have two tours, one at 10 am and the other at 11 am, both leaving from the National Arboretum dock.  October 29 was the next open Saturday for the Riverkeepers that also had tides which would allow for their boat to pass under a particular bridge at low tide.  

If you RSVP'd for the Oct. 8 rained-out event, please email me so I will know if Oct. 29 will work for you.   Fall colors will be at their peak!  Please share with friends who might like to join Earth Stewardship East.  The more the better.  

Bring your own picnic and join us at the tables near the Anacostia dock area at noon.

This Free event will be led by people who care about the Anacostia -- they'll share its history, wildlife, and environmental concerns.   The boat carries 13 passengers so please RSVP to earthstewardshipeast@gmail.com.  The Riverkeepers are willing to take one group at 10 am and a second group if we have that many interested.  We have arranged for this tour to depart from the docks at the National Arboretum which is a wonderful place to visit.  They ask that everyone on the river be ages 5 and up.

The younger crowd and anyone that wants to stay on land can join a 1 mile nature walk through the National Arboretum. We will enjoy the fall beauty of woodlands and meadow, identify common plants and animals of our area, tour the large organic Washington Youth Garden, and finish up with a friendly picnic together. 


If you have questions, call Merikay at 301-926-9774.  

We learned about these tours through the Chesapeake Interfaith Power and Light.












SAT. JUNE 25, 2016


We'll meet at Riley's Lock for a free event -- all welcome.  Pick up trash stream-side or from a kayak.   Kayaks and life-jackets provided.    Afterwards BYOP (bring your own picnic).  There's a covered area with tables.

We can offer SSI (student service hours) to MCPS students. 

Sunday JUNE 12, 2016, 6:30 pm

Interfaith Prayer 

Please join Dayspring Church and Green Muslims for an interfaith prayer for our planet.  

11301 Neelsville Church Rd

Germantown, MD 

Sat. May 21

Potluck and Program

Twenty-five adults and four children attended the kick-off event for Earth Stewardship East at Merikay Smith's garden.  We ate Chicago pizza and lots of delicious vegetable dishes.  Despite rain we had a great time together -- kids left with tadpoles from the pond and it cleared enough for many to enjoy the garden.  Kate Cummings shared our goals and elicited comments.

Merikay  spoke on Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si, "Care for the Earth: Care for the Poor."  This parallels the spring social for the LDS Earth Stewardship group  held in SLCl.  Check our Blog for posts on the Pope's encyclical.