Volunteer Opportunities in Natural Resource Management
Restoring our park natural areas to health and diversity is a great way to contribute to Fairfax County Parks. Check out the Invasive Management Area Program for sites where we are removing invasive plants.
Spring and fall are the best times to plant the forests of tomorrow. We partner with the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services to restore buffer along streams, and many local non-profit organizations plant trees both on parkland and in neighborhoods.
Our Nature Centers are looking for volunteers to maintain and interpret the habitats around the buildings.
Interested in a citizen science opportunity? The Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District trains volunteers to become certified stream monitors.
Riverbend Park monitors Clark's Branch and Scott's Run in the northeastern portion of the county.
Inventories and Monitoring
Do you have a field of expertise? Can you lend a hand to adaptive management programs? - Send us an email. Certain sites have opportunities available throughout the year to inventory and monitor natural resources like beaver, native plants and dragonflies.
Need service hours for a school project? Are you unable to commit to a long-term volunteer opportunity? The Park Authority supports two watershed cleanups every year, and you can earn hours by participating in a stream cleanup at any time. Contact the Park Operations Division at 703-324-8594 to learn how.
Other Volunteer Opportunities
The Park Authority has lots of opportunities to fit your interests, talents and availability, whether it's supporting resource management or another of our activities.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the advantages of working with the Park Authority instead of by myself?
The Park Authority manages parkland on behalf of all park visitors in accordance with county, state and federal policies, regulations and laws. Experienced park staff help volunteers create a fun, safe, effective volunteer program that meets park needs. Park staff can often offer logistical support that volunteers don't have ready access to.
I want to remove invasive plants in my local park but it's not on the list. How can I help with this important task?
The Invasive Management Area (IMA) program offers about 40 different opportunities for volunteers to become involved in an invasive plant management effort. Although we know that invasive plants are in more parks than the 40 offered, effective removal of invasive plants requires a concentrated effort over a period of several years to be successful. The IMA program allows for that longer-term commitment, training, tools and logistical support in a way that cannot be provided for every park at this time. New parks are added to IMA every spring, so feel free to nominate your park as an IMA site.
Whom do I contact?You can always call our general information line at 703-324-8701 to get contact information. Core volunteer opportunities can be found:
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