A Field Guide to Fairfax County's Plants and Wildlife

Field Guide CoverThousands of species of plants and animals call Fairfax County home. A Field Guide to Fairfax County's Plants and Wildlife helps readers identify common species found in typical neighborhoods, schoolyards, parks and other outdoor areas of the county.

Each species page contains:

  • - scientific illustration of the organism
  • - descriptions of its physical appearance
  • - life history
  • - habitat
  • - roles it plays in the food web
  • - its distribution across Fairfax County and the Commonwealth
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Fun activities explore how organisms fit into the ecosystem and encourage awareness of how human influences affect the environment.

The Field Guide is a useful resource for any resident who wants to know more about the local environment where they live, work and play. The Field Guide was also voted a winner of the 2014 NACO Achievement Award in the category of Environmental Protection and Energy.

For additional information, please email the Stormwater Planning Division or call 703-324-5500, TTY 711.