April Environmental Calendar: Cleanup Opportunities, Composting Workshops, Plant Sales and More

Remove Invasive Plants from Fairfax County Parks; Participate in Habitat Restoration
Invasive plants such as English ivy, Japanese stilt grass and mile-a-minute overgrow natural areas, kill off native vegetation and deprive wildlife of food and habitat. Fight back against these invaders by teaming with Fairfax County’s Invasive Management Area (IMA) program. IMA volunteers work with trained site leaders to identify and pull out harmful invasive plants. The complete IMA workday calendar can be found here: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/resOURces/ima/ima-calendar.htm

23rd Potomac Watershed Cleanup: Main Day Saturday, April 9, 2011
Join thousands of volunteers and help remove trash from our local streams, parks and rivers at the Alice Ferguson Foundation’s 23rd Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup. There will be over 60 cleanup sites throughout Fairfax County including multiple cleanup locations along Accotink Creek and cleanup of Woodglen Lake. For a list of sites in Fairfax and other localities, please check out the cleanup’s website: http://www.potomaccleanup.org/trash_initiative/rc_sites.shtml

Annandale Community Business Center Cleanup Slated for April 30
Residents and business leaders will partner to conduct a major cleanup of multiple locations in Annandale beginning at 9 a.m. on April 30. Volunteers will meet at the George Mason Regional Library. For more information contact Helen Winter with the Annandale Chamber of Commerce at helenpwinter@yahoo.com

Earth Day/Arbor Day 2011 at the Government Center - April 16
Normally held each year at Northern Virginia Community College, this year’s Earth Day/Arbor Day celebrations will be held at the Government Center. The event will include a cleanup from 9 to11 a.m. and be followed by a full schedule of events from 11 to 2 p.m. including a nature walk, document shredding, a rainforest and reptile show for the kids, tree planting, and forestry workshops to name just a few.

For more information or to volunteer, contact the Clean Fairfax Council at 703-324-5471 (Jennifer Cole) or email: cfc@cleanfairfax.org

Two Composting Workshops
Wednesday, April 27 & Saturday, April 30, 2011; 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.; Green Acres Center, 4401 Sideburn Rd, Fairfax, VA. Untangle the mysteries of composting at this informative workshop sponsored by George Mason University’s Office of Sustainability. See demonstrations of traditional composting methods as well as worm-powered vermicomposting. To RSVP, please contact Michelle Waterman at mwaterma@gmu.edu.

Youth Conservation Camp 2011 - Apply Now!
The Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts is pleased to be putting on the 35th annual Youth Conservation Camp at Virginia Tech. This year’s camp will run from July 10th to the 16th. Interested high school students will learn about fisheries, geology, agriculture, forestry, streams and more from resource professionals and college faculty. Students from Fairfax County must submit an application to the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District by mid-April. The District will then select the top two applicants to be forwarded on to the State Association. Final notification from the state will be delivered in late May. Please go to the Conservation District’s website to download the application.

Lake Braddock Crew Plant Sale
The Lake Braddock Crew Team is holding its annual plant sale on Friday, April 22, 2011 from 12 to 6 p.m., rain or shine. The sale will take place at Burke Nursery (9401 Burke Road, Burke, VA). With a wide selection and great opportunity to provide all gardening needs, the team is excited to offer the finest in annuals, perennials, potted plants, herbs, shrubs, trees--everything within the nursery is available for purchase! The team is also offering FREE DELIVERY on mulch orders of 25+ bags!

As a non-funded sport in Fairfax County, Bruin Crew has enjoyed tremendous support from the community for many years. Customers may purchase a pre-sale certificate from any LB rower, or visit: www.BruinCrew.com to download a flyer. So that your purchase benefits the team, all customers must please bring either your pre-sale certificate or flyer to the sale. Questions? Contact Margi Flynn at my4flynns@verizon.net

Build Your Own Rain Barrel Workshops - Thursday, April 14, 2011; 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.; Green Acres Center, 4401 Sideburn Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030
Messiah United Methodist Church, 6215 Rolling Road, Springfield on Saturday May 21st, 10 a.m. – Noon. At these workshops, you will learn how to build, install and maintain a rain barrel, and you will get to take one home! Registration is required for both events, and these workshops fill up fast, so sign up here: http://www.arlingtonenvironment.org/barrel.php

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