Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District

Fairfax County, Virginia

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

12055 Government Center Parkway
Suite 905, Fairfax, VA 22035

Laura Grape,
Executive Director

Conservation Heroes

We are fortunate to have a lot to celebrate in natural resource conservation. Fairfax County has taken great strides forward, thanks to the tireless efforts of individuals, neighborhood associations, places of worship, organizations and businesses. At the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District, we like to highlight the people who too often go unrecognized.

Each year, we present awards for our Cooperator of the Year. We often present Clean Water Farm or Teacher of the Year awards at that time as well. Students are recognized through the Envirothon program, college scholarships, and special organizational awards for Science Fair projects focusing on local natural resource questions. The Sustainable Garden Tour, Conservation Assistance Program, and Land Conservation Awards highlight homeowners, neighborhood associations, schools, places of worship, and businesses that are doing their part to reduce runoff and protect soil and water on their properties.

Land Conservation and Tree Preservation Awardees

Land Conservation and Tree Preservation Awards are presented in January.

Learn more about the awards.

Learn more about land conservation.

Potomac Vegetable Farms

For more than 50 years, the Newcomb family and associates have owned and operated the Potomac Vegetable Farms in Vienna. They grow and sell a variety of fresh, delicious vegetables, cut flowers, eggs and chickens. PVF was also recognized as the 2016 Clean Water Farm, taking action to protect local soil and water resources. Learn more about the Clean Water Farm Awardees.

Envirothon Teams

In these annual competitions, dozens of Fairfax County high school students challenge their environmental science knowledge aquatic ecosystems, wildlife, soils, forestry, and a special topic that changes each year. In recent years, teams from Northern Virginia have gone on to local, regional, state and even international competitions. The students and the teachers who support them are shining examples of conservation heroes!

Learn more about the Envirothon program.

Do-It-Yourselfers

We love working with hands-on conservationists. Fortunately, we get to work with folks who like to get their hands dirty with our Build-Your-Own Rain Barrel and Build-Your-Own Tumbler Composter Workshops. After registering in advance, our participants show up ready to go to work, and take home a completed rain barrel or tumbler composter, ready to be attached to a downspout or loaded with kitchen scraps.

Learn more about Rain Barrel Workshops.

Learn more about Tumbler Composter Workshops.