(ALL RIGHTS) April 2016. Volunteers pick up trash at Lake Accotink in Springfield, Virginia for 'Connect With Nature.' Photo credit: © The Nature Conservancy (Devan King).
WOPA160404_D106 (ALL RIGHTS) April 2016. Volunteers pick up trash at Lake Accotink in Springfield, Virginia for 'Connect With Nature.' Photo credit: © The Nature Conservancy (Devan King). © Devan King/The Nature Conservancy

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Fairfax County Watershed Cleanup


Join The Nature Conservancy and Fairfax County Park Authority to clean up your watershed!  Help keep trash and debris out of waterways that flow into the Chesapeake Bay.

We need 1,000 volunteers to help us cover 21 parks! This event is ideal for families, service groups, Scouts and individuals.

Dates and locations are subject to change.  Registration for our 4th annual cleanup event will open on March 1, 2019.

April 5, 2019

  • Providence RECenter, Falls Church—25 volunteers needed

April 6, 2019

  • Cub Run RECenter, Chantilly—105 volunteers needed
  • Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, Chantilly—35 volunteers needed
  • George Washington RECenter grounds, Alexandria—45 volunteers needed
  • Hidden Oaks Nature Center at Roundtree Park, Falls Church—55 volunteers needed
  • Hidden Pond Nature Center, Springfield—55 volunteers needed
  • Huntley Meadows Park, Alexandria—50 volunteers needed
  • Lake Accotink Park, Springfield—105 volunteers needed
  • Lake Fairfax Park, Reston—30 volunteers needed
  • Lemon Road Park, Falls Church—45 volunteers needed
  • Middleridge Park, Fairfax—45 volunteers needed
  • Ossian Hall Park, Annandale—45 volunteers needed
  • Pine Ridge Park, Annandale—45 volunteers needed
  • Royal Lake Park, Fairfax—45 volunteers needed
  • Sully Historic Site, Chantilly—30 volunteers needed
  • Woodglen Lake Park, Fairfax—45 volunteers needed

April 13, 2019

  • Riverbend Park, Great Falls—45 volunteers needed
  • Scott’s Run Nature Preserve, McLean—30 volunteers needed

April 20, 2019

  • Arrowbrook Park, Herndon—45 volunteers needed
  • Dulles Rock Hill Park, Chantilly—45 volunteers needed
  • Merrybrook Run Stream Valley Park, Fairfax—45 volunteers needed

This spring cleaning will remove tires, plastic bottles, cans and other debris from local waterways, preventing trash from reaching the nation’s largest estuary, the Chesapeake Bay.

Volunteers and staff came out in force in 2018 despite frigid temperatures and a threat of snow. 647 volunteers gave more than 1,700 hours of service at 10 different parks, cleaned 39 miles of stream, shoreline and trails, and collected an estimated 5.6 tons of trash - including a plastic pink flamingo and 1950’s vintage oven.

The volunteer effort provides a healthy checkup for local waterways and Fairfax County and, by recording what you remove, you’ll be helping scientists, ecologists and environmental organizations in their efforts to improve our environment.

Snacks, give-a-ways and other free, fun activities like historic house tours and educational opportunities will take place at the work sites.

Registration will open March 1. If you have questions now, contact Jen Dalke, volunteer program manager, at jdalke@tnc.org or 540-335-1302 (cell, text available).