Resource Management Volunteer Opportunites
Colvin Run Mill
Located seven miles west of Tysons Corner, Colvin Run Mill Historic Site features a restored operational 19th century water-powered gristmill, the miller's house, and the early 20th century Colvin Run General Store, the remains of a once thriving community of Colvin Run, Virginia. Today the site is interpreted in terms of the 19th century American technology of Oliver Evans, inventor and millwright, the growth of communities around centers of commerce, and the work and social activities of area residents. Education programs, tours of the mill and miller's house, and special programs are conducted on a regular basis. People also enjoy shopping in the old general store, picnicking on the grounds, and feeding the hungry ducks.
Cultural Resource Management and Protection
The Park Authority is privileged to be the steward of hundreds of historic buildings and structures as well as more than three million historic artifacts. The care of these valuable buildings and objects requires a huge investment of staff time. To help ensure that care, the Park Authority has established a Historic Sites Volunteer Corps to lend a hand. The agency is seeking volunteers with expertise in carpentry, construction, landscaping, history and more.
Volunteers will help replace door and window trims, stair railings, siding and other basic carpentry efforts. Help also is needed for painting, removing invasive plants, landscaping, fencing, cleaning, caulking, documenting building conditions, periodic follow-up inspections, and outreach at public events.
This is an excellent stewardship opportunity and will protect Fairfax County’s cultural resources. For more information, contact Todd Brown at 703-324-8676 or via email.
Join the Historic Sites Volunteer Corps online.
Cultural Resource Section Staff currently works with close to 90 volunteers who assist with archaeological fieldwork, process and catalogue artifacts, do research, write up findings, and help teach others about community history and archaeology. We don't ask for specific time commitments or previous training, only for an interest in local history and the preservation of our cultural heritage. Our volunteers are an important part of our work, and we are proud to offer them a variety of opportunities to work hands-on with Fairfax history.
Should you have a research interest or particular skill, please let us know so that we might be able to find a place for you.
Ellanor C. Lawrence Park
Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, located in the Chantilly / Centreville area, offers a welcome change from high-speed bordering roadways. The natural and cultural history of the area is evident in every corner of the 600+ acre park. Visitors can spot wild turkey, deer and red fox in the meadow, at Walney Pond, or along four miles of meandering trails. A large variety of wildflowers, songbirds, and other plant and animal species can be studied. The Walney Visitor Center, whose core dates back to 1780, features live animal and history exhibits and a hands-on area to introduce the public to the park's past and present. Surrounding the center, remains of a springhouse, icehouse and other features link people to the land and offer clues to life on a 250-year-old Fairfax County farm.
Frying Pan Farm Park
Frying Pan Farm Park's 98 acres, located in Herndon, five minutes from Dulles Airport, offer a wide variety of recreational and educational opportunities. Visitors can sample Fairfax County's rich rural heritage and county's only public equestrian facility. The old Floris School House, Moffet Blacksmith Shop, Country Store, Frying Pan Spring Meeting House, and Kidwell Farm preserve many of the essentials of 1930 rural life. Draft horses for plowing, cows for milking, chickens for fresh eggs and other animals essential for farm life are raised at Kidwell Farm. Three miles of cross country trails, jump equipment, and indoor and outdoor riding rings attract the area's top horses and riders. The park also hosts a wide range of activities such as arts and crafts, fitness and children's classes, as well as seasonal events, hayrides and farm life demonstrations.
Green Spring Gardens
Green Spring Gardens has a dedicated core of volunteers that help out in virtually every facet of the site. By providing time, talent and creativity, volunteers help make Green Spring a place for education, contemplation and inspiration.
Volunteers at Green Spring Gardens can volunteer as much or as little as they are available. To be considered a full time volunteer by the Fairfax County Park Authority you must volunteer eight hours per month. For specific information on any of the volunteer opportunities , please call the Volunteer Coordinator at 703-642-5173.
Hidden Oaks Nature Center
This past year, over sixty volunteers contributed their time and talents at Hidden Oaks Nature Center toward maintaining trails, greeting visitors, caring for live animals, leading programs, providing program assistance, leading trail walks, gardening, writing, developing exhibits, much more to help Hidden Oaks fulfill its twofold mission of education and natural resource protection. Are you a teen? Half of our volunteers are teens who spend most of their time assisting with programs and animal care.
In addition to the satisfaction that comes from volunteering, our volunteers also enjoy special recognition events, field trips, and award programs. As an added benefit, all Hidden Oaks volunteers receive the quarterly newsletter, Heart of Oak, which reports volunteer activities, lists volunteer opportunities, and profiles a volunteer of the quarter.
Hidden Pond Nature Center
Hidden Pond Nature Center is
nestled in the busy suburb of Springfield, but visitors here soon
forget about the bustle of suburban life. The serene pond and
adjacent Pohick Stream Valley Park, with its beautiful Pohick Creek
and hundreds of acres of forested floodplain, are sublime reminders
of quieter times. In addition to wandering the trails and learning
about the pond and stream, visitors enjoy a nature center with
exhibits, live animals and many activities.
Huntley Meadows Park
Huntley Meadows Park, a 1,425-acre wildlife sanctuary in southern Alexandria, includes mature forest, meadows, and a large freshwater wetland. It is one of the most popular birding spots in Northern Virginia. A one-half mile boardwalk winds through a wetland abounding with lizard's tail, cardinal flower and rose mallow. Beavers are often seen as evening approaches. An observation tower allows a commanding view of the wetland and its abundant wildlife.
Natural Resources Branch
Riverbend Park contains 409
acres of hardwood forest and meadows on the banks of the scenic
Potomac River in the northern section of Fairfax County. Over two
miles of river frontage offer glimpses of waterfowl, songbirds and
abundant spring wildflowers. Bald eagles, bluebirds and
yellow-throated warblers may all be seen. Exhibits at the Riverbend
Visitor Center orient visitors to the park, with displays about the
local plant life, animals, geology and Indian history found in and
along the Potomac River. Boat launch and picnic areas are also
In addition to the satisfaction that comes from volunteering, our volunteers also enjoy special events, field trips, and award programs. As an added benefit, all Riverbend Park volunteers receive the quarterly newsletter, Riverbend Naturalist. Are you a teen? Many of our volunteers are teens who spend their time assisting with programs, projects and animal care. Get Involved! Volunteers are recruited and trained year round.
Sully Historic Site
An oasis of the past, located in Chantilly off Route 28, Sully Historic Site reflects the history of Fairfax County. Sully is the late 18th home of Richard Bland Lee, northern Virginia’s first congressman and uncle of Robert E. Lee. The farm contains the Federal style main house, built in 1794, four original outbuildings, a representative slave quarter, and gardens. Guided hourly tours highlight the early 19th century life of Richard Bland Lee and his family, as well as tenant farmers and enslaved African Americans. Sully also offers a variety of special programs and field trips that reflect the history and life in Fairfax County from the 18th century throughout the 20th century.
Sully has a dedicated core of volunteers that help in all area and activities of the site. For detailed information on any of the volunteer opportunities listed below, please call the Volunteer Coordinator at 703-437-1794.