Open Space is proud to bring back our annual Columbia Cleans Day! 

We all have a responsibility for keeping our precious natural areas litter-free. Columbia Cleans Day is a long-standing tradition, giving everyone the opportunity to help the environment in their own backyard.

Each village will hold its own trash pick-up and nature clean-up event on May 1, 2021 (unless otherwise noted). 

With the help of grant money, CA provides trash grabbers, vests, maps, bags, and hand sanitizer. Distancing policies will be in effect. If distancing is not possible, masks will be required. CA also picks up all the litter after the event.


columbia cleans dayHere are the times and locations for each village:

Dorsey’s Search – Canceled

Harper’s Choice – 10am-noon

Hickory Ridge – Saturday, April 10, 9am-noon

  • Meet at Clary’s Forest Pool (11615 Little Patuxent Pkwy).
  • Clean up will take place along the pathway from the Hawthorn Center to Hickory Ridge Road and the pathway from Wicker Basket to Bright Plume.
  • RSVP to the Hickory Ridge event on Facebook!

Kings Contrivance – 10am-noon

Long Reach – 10am-noon

Oakland Mills – 10am-noon

Owen Brown – 10am-noon

River Hill – 10am-noon

  • Meet at Claret Hall in the River Hill Village Center (6020 Daybreak Circle). 
  • Clean up will take place in the open space area between Columbia Gym and River Hill High School.
  • RSVP to the River Hill event on Facebook!

Town Center – 9am-noon

Wilde Lake – 10am-noon


We encourage everyone to take a picture during your Columbia Cleans Day event and email them to You can also post on social media with #ColumbiaCleansDay. 


CA thanks all of the volunteers, as well as the following partners supporting this event: