Environmental Volunteer Opportunities

Below are the city volunteer opportunities that will get you outdoors in nature! Please go to the city's calendar for times and locations of each event.

Habitat Restoration & Invasive Weed Removal

Join the City of Falls Church Habitat Restoration Team in restoring the local ecosystem in City parks. This includes on-going removal of invasive vegetation and replanting with native species when plants are available.

This Fall, we will operate in small groups, masked, and socially distanced. We are limiting each event to 25 people, so we are asking you to pre-register with this sign-up genius form.

Tools, single-use gloves, water and snacks will be provided. Please bring a mask, dress to get dirty, bring personal gloves if you prefer, and wear closed-toed shoes.

​Fall 2020 Dates 

  • Saturday, September 19, 10:00 a.m. to noon: Isaac Crossman Park (invasive species removal)
  • Saturday, October 3, 10:00 a.m .to noon: Fellows Property (invasive species removal
    and planting event)
  • Saturday, November 7, 10:00 a.m. to noon: Howard E. Herman Stream Valley Park (invasive species removal)
  • Saturday November 21, 10:00 a.m. to noon: Howard E. Herman Stream Valley Park (invasive species removal)
Download the flyer with directions here.
For more information about the Habitat Restoration Program, email jedwards@fallschurchva.gov or call 571-238-5178 (TTY 711).

Invasive Plant Management at Home

Help the Habitat Restoration Team manage invasive plants in the City by volunteering to take on the challenge in your own back (and front) yard. Not sure what plants are considered invasive or how to manage them? Our Invasive Plant of the Month series describes some of the most common invasive plants to look out for, and how to remove them.

May - Garlic Mustard Opens in new windowJune - Multiflora RoseJuly - Chinese Privet Opens in new window
August - Porcelainberry Opens in new window
Japanese Honeysuckle Opens in new window
Burning Bush Opens in new window

Community Clean-Up Events

Fall Cleanup: Saturday, October 3, 2020; 10:00 a.m. to noon

Join in the fun to make the city beautiful! In the spring and fall, volunteers work together to clean up the city. Volunteers meet at the Community Center, are organized into teams, and assigned to work areas throughout the city. City staff distributes trash pickers, trash bags, recycling bags, gloves, and reflective vests. Perfect for community groups (Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, etc.), church groups, families, or individuals.

  • To register, or for more information, email recycling@fallschurchva.gov or call 703-248-5466 (TTY 711)
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for groups
  • Outdoors (wear comfortable clothes that can get dirty)