What activities or groups are available in Fairfax for me to get involved with that help with recycling, the environment, etc? Are there any for children as well?
A great place to start your search would be the county’s environmental web page - http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/living/environment/. There are so many different areas that might peak your interest – this should give you some ideas of places to start.
Also, while much of our work is operational in nature and does not lend itself well to volunteer participation, we do work very closely with some organizations that you might wish to be a part of who can help point you in the right direction with your desire to help us out.
1. The Clean Fairfax Council is a fantastic local organization that is designed to support interested residents in preventing litter, litter clean-up activities and other environmentally-based initiatives. They even give out an annual grant to schools for actually implementing sustainable environmental projects in the community. Jen Cole is the executive director and she frequently meets and works with groups of young people who, like you, wish to contribute to a greener community. For more information, go to www.cleanfairfax.org or call 703-324-5471.
2. The Alice Ferguson Foundation is another excellent group with which Fairfax County partners often to help promote clean watersheds. There is a variety of information on their website when it comes to providing tips for residents who want to be involved and they even keep track of clean-up opportunities available throughout the region. Their website is www.fergusonfoundation.org.
More information for school-age students in on our website at: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes/recycling/students.htm