Stewardship Projects & Recreational Activities

Environmental Stewardship is one of WSSC’s strategic priorities and it is our belief that through an understanding of a natural area people will take strides to protect that area. This is why we promote safe and responsible recreation on over 6,000 acres of WSSC owned property along the Patuxent River.  Learn more about the programs offered through the tabs below.  

Established in 1959, Brighton Dam’s Azalea Garden is home to over 20,000 azalea bushes over 5 acres in a hardwood forest. Kousa dogwood trees were added in the 1990’s and the garden is also home to Montgomery County’s champion fringe tree. The garden is a nationally-known treasure, as visitors from around the country come to Maryland specifically to see our beautiful azaleas.

For more information, including varieties, photos and a detailed mapping for the garden see Azaleas.  

The Azalea Garden is scheduled to reopen in Fall 2018. 

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