Environmental Volunteer Opportunities

Community Clean-Up Events

Fall Cleanup: Saturday, October 2, 2021; 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)
  • Wear a mask or face covering

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.

We have five events scheduled for Spring 2021. 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: http://bit.ly/21FCHRT. Check the flyer for location details, and watch the city calendar for possible schedule changes.
 Date  Location  Time
 March 20  Howard E Herman Stream Valley Park (invasive removal)  10 a.m. - noon
 April 3  Isaac Crossman Park (tree and shrub planting) 10 a.m. - noon
 April 24  Falls Church Arbor Day Celebration (virtual)  TBA
 April 30 – May 3  City Nature Challenge (https://citynaturechallenge.org/)  All day
 May 15  Cherry Hill Park (planting and invasive removal)  10 a.m. - noon

If you can't join us (or even if you can!), check out the information below to see how you can help by managing invasive plants at home.

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.

Yellow Grove Bamboo Opens in new windowItalian arum Opens in new window
January - BambooFebruary - Italian Arum

May - Garlic Mustard Opens in new window
June - Multiflora Rose Opens in new window

July - Chinese Privet Opens in new window
August - Porcelainberry Opens in new window
Japanese Honeysuckle Opens in new window

September - Japanese & Bush Honeysuckle
Burning Bush Opens in new window
English Ivy Opens in new window
Winter creeper Opens in new window
December - Winter Creeper