Public Works and Environmental Services

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Our office is open 9AM-5PM M-F

12000 Government Center Parkway
Suite 448 Fairfax, VA 22035

James Patteson,

Education Programs

The Urban Forestry Office is offering two presentations availible to classrooms and clubs. In each program, an Urban Forester will visit your class or club to share interesting facts about Fairfax County's forests and provide interactive activities.

An adult emerald ash borerAlien Invaders includes discussion about the native and invasive species that are found in Fairfax County and across the Unites States.

Topics Discussed:

  • Identify native, nonnative and invasive species
  • Determine qualities that make invasive species destructive
  • Review current invasive species found in Fairfax County
  • Discuss methods for removing/preventing invasive species from the landscape

Possible Activities:

  • Invent an alien (year round)
  • Construct a stink bug trap (year round)
  • Invasive species walk (Fall and Spring)

Time: 20 - 40 minutes

SOL covered: 3.6 (b), 3.10, 4.5, 4.8, 4.9 (b), LS. 9 (b), BIO 7, BIO 8


Trees in a ForestTrees Please introduces students to the many benefits trees provide to our local environment.

Topics Discussed:

  • Identify the characteristics of trees
  • Classify the benefits trees provide to the environment, animals and people
  • List products made from trees
  • Measures everyone can take to protect trees

Possible Activities:

  • Leaf rubbing (year round)
  • Homemade paper (year round)
  • Write a tree poem (year round)
  • Read a story book (year round)
  • Tree walk (year round)
  • Tree identification (Fall and Spring)
  • Tree nut collection (September - early October)
  • Tree planting (Fall and Spring)

Time: 20 - 40 minutes

SOL covered: 3.6 (b), 3.8 (c), 3.10, 4.4, 4.5, LS. 9, LS. 5 (c), LS. 11, BIO 8

If you would like more information or would like to schedule a presentation for your classroom or club, please contact the Urban Forestry Division at 703-324-1770, TTY 711, or email.

The Urban Forest Management Division offers information on the importance and benefits of trees as well as current threats posed by invasive forest pests. For over 30 years, Fairfax County has been proactive in raising awareness about the importance of trees and forests in our community. 

Urban Forest Management Division participates in:

  • Educational programs with schools and youth groups
  • Community events
  • Tree plantings
  • Seminars and meetings

Cub Scouts participating in an activity                 An Urban Forester planting a tree


If interested in having us participate in your next event or would like information on presentations we offer in classrooms, please contact the Urban Forestry Division at 703-324-1770, TTY 711, or e-mail.