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.

Community Clean-Up Events

Fall Cleanup: October 19, 2019

  • 10:00 a.m. to noon
  • Meet at the Community Center (223 Little Falls St.)
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.

  • Register or More Information: email recycling@fallschurchva.gov or 703-248-5466 (TTY 711)
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for groups
  • Outdoors (wear comfortable clothes that can get dirty)

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. Please wear comfortable clothes, boots or heavy shoes, and bring gloves. 

​Fall 2019 Dates

  • Saturday, October 5, 10:00 a.m. to noon: Donald S. Frady Park (planting event)
  • Saturday, October 19, 10:00 a.m. to noon: Isaac Crossman Park (planting event)
  • Saturday, November 2, 10:00 a.m. to noon: Howard E. Herman Stream Valley Park (planting event)
  • Saturday, Novemebr 23, 10:00 a.m .to noon: Issac Crossman Park (planting event)
To register for an event or for more information about the Habitat Restoration Program, email jedwards@fallschurchva.gov or call 571-238-5178 (TTY 711).

Neighborhood Tree Planting Program

Join your neighbors to plant trees around the City in celebration of Arbor Day! 

  • Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
  • Register or more information: Seth Heminway or call 703-389-7360
  • Wear comfortable clothes, boots / heavy shoes, gloves
  • Bring a shovel if you can

Recycling Extravaganza & Household Hazardous Waste Collection Onsite Help

Onsite help is needed for the yearly Recycling Extravaganza! Help the Public Works Department sort clothing, inventory bikes, direct traffic, and more.

Next Recycling Extravaganza: October 19, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

  • Register or More Information: recycling@fallschurchva.gov or 703-248-5466 (TTY 711)
  • Family-friendly; children must be at least 10 years old
  • Outdoor, 2 hour shifts
  • Wear comfortable clothes (pants are recommended) and don't forget the sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Located at the Recycling Center (7100 Gordon Road)

Help Support the City’s Battery Recycling Program

The City is looking for volunteers to help with our battery recycling program. This is a great opportunity for those passionate about sustainability and looking for service hours. 

The opportunity involves working with the City’s Solid Waste Coordinator to support logistics tasks related to the program. It is a great opportunity to learn how the recycling industry works.