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.

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.

Community Clean-Up Events (Spring and Fall)

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.

2018 Dates

  • (Spring) Saturday, April 14 at 10:00 a.m.
  • (Fall) Saturday, October 13 at 10:00 a.m.

Neighborhood Tree Program Mulching Event

Join neighborhood volunteer to place mulch around trees.
  • 2018 Dates - TBD

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. 

To register for an event or for more information about the Habitat Restoration Program, email habitatrestoration@fallschurchva.gov or call 571-238-6303. 

​2018 Dates

  • September 22 - Issac Crossman Park (9:00 a.m. to noon)
  • September 29 - Cavalier Trail Park (10:00 a.m. to noon)
  • October 20 - Issac Crossman Park (9:00 a.m. to noon)
  • October 27 - Cherry Hill Park (10:00 a.m. to noon)
  • November 17 - Howard E. Herman Stream Valley Park (10:00 a.m. to noon)

Neighborhood Tree Planting Program

Join your neighbors to plant trees around the City.
  • Register or more information: Seth Heminway or call 703-389-7360
  • Outdoors
  • Wear comfortable clothes, boots / heavy shoes, gloves
  • Bring a shovel if you can
  • 2018 Dates: TBD!

Recycling Extravaganza & Household Hazardous Waste Collection Onsite Help

Onsite help is needed for the twice-a-year Recycling Extravaganza! Help the Public Works Department sort clothing, inventory bikes, direct traffic, and more.
  • Register or More Information: Chris McGough, Solid Waste Coordinator, 703-248-5456 (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
  • 2018 Date: Saturday, October 13, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.