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

  • Spring Cleanup: Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Fall Cleanup: To be determined
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 703-248-5456 (TTY 711)
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for groups
  • Outdoors (wear comfortable clothes that can get dirty)

Habitat Restoration & Invasive Weed Removal

For all 2019 dates, please check the calendar for latest time and location information. 

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 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

City Nature Challenge

Show the world how wild The Little City is! Join Arlington Master Naturalist Amy Crumpton and City staff for the City Nature Challenge - a global competition to observe and catalogue as many species of birds, bugs, animals, plants, and any other wild living things we can find in Falls Church. Using the iNaturalist app on your phone, you'll help the City of Falls Church collect natural resource inventory on our parks. All age groups welcome. 

There are three City Nature Challenge events in 2019: 
  • Friday, April 26, noon to 2:00 p.m. - Howard E. Herman Stream Valley Park (meet at footbridge)
  • Saturday, April 27, noon to 2:00 p.m. - Isaac Crossman Park (meet at Van Buren St. entrance)
  • Monday, April 29, 10:00 a.m. to noon - Cherry Hill Park (meet on basketball court)
To find more information on the City Nature Challenge and to download the iNaturalist app, visit www.inaturalist.org

For questions about the City's City Nature Challenge events, contact Amy Crumpton at Amy.C.Crumpton@gmail.com.

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: recycling@fallschurchva.gov or 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
  • 2019 Date: TBD

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.