Get Engaged in Your Community and Help the Environment at the Same Time

Artistic Rain Barrel Program
Are you a conservation-minded artist? Do you know one? The Northern Virginia Rain Barrel Program is looking for volunteers to turn rain barrels into works of art! The barrels will be displayed along with artist information at prominent local businesses and community centers. For more details or to apply, please contact Lily Whitesell at or 703-324-1423.

Remove Invasive Plants from Fairfax County Parks
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. Seven workdays in November are planned at various sites throughout the county, including workdays at Lake Accotink, in the Accotink Stream Valley Park, at Americana Park and in the Pohick Stream Valley. Will you come out and help? Volunteers should be at least 12 years old. The IMA workday calendar can be found online at:

Stream Monitoring Workshop: Accotink Creek
Help monitor one of the largest streams in the County on Sunday, November 14 from 12 to 3 p.m. For directions or to RSVP, please contact Dan Schwartz at
Workshops are open to any interested volunteer regardless of past experience. Usually a quarter to one half of the volunteers at each workshop are first-timers. If someone wants to become more involved, they can become a “certified” monitor. To become certified, volunteers should come to three to four workshops to familiarize themselves with the sampling protocols and take a certification test to identify preserved macroinvertebrate samples. All workshops are outside and volunteers should dress for the weather.

Build Your Own Composter
The Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District will be putting on a “build your own” composter workshop that will allow participants to create a tumbler style composter out of a plastic pickle barrel. A time and date has not yet been set, but participation will be limited. If you would like to be notified of workshop updates and RSVP information, please contact Dan Schwartz at


Show Your Tree Appreciation

Have a particularly big tree in your neighborhood? How about a tree that has historic significance or was planted in memory of someone? Maybe you think your favorite tree deserves some recognition?

The Fairfax County Tree Commission has launched the Celebrated Trees of Fairfax County program, giving you that chance. Trees can be recognized in one of four categories:
Big - a tree that is large for its species
Historic - a tree associated with an historic event, person, landmark or institution
Commemorative - a tree or group of trees planted as a memorial of an event or person
Favorite - a tree with special significance to a person or group

Eligible trees receive an honoray designation as a Celebrated Tree of Fairfax County and will be included (with photos) in a database on the County’s website. As a future project, the Tree Commission plans to produce a book that will include pictures and narratives of each Celebrated Tree. For more information please visit:

Nomination forms can be filled out and submitted electronically to

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