(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

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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.

Volunteers and staff came out in force in 2018 despite frigid temperatures and a threat of snow. 602 volunteers gave over 1,500 hours of service at 8 different parks, cleaned over 35 miles of stream, shoreline and trails, and collected an estimated 5.1 tons of trash - including a plastic pink flamingo and 1950’s vintage oven. 

Dates and locations—including four new sites—for 2019 are still being confirmed and are subject to change.  Registration for our 4th annual cleanup event will open on March 1, 2019.

  • Arrowbrook Park, Herndon -- April 20, 2019
  • Cub Run RECenter, Chantilly
  • Dulles Rock Hill Park, Chantilly -- April 20, 2019
  • Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, Chantilly
  • Hidden Oaks Nature Center at Roundtree Park, Falls Church 
  • Hidden Pond Nature Center, Springfield
  • Huntley Meadows Park, Alexandria
  • Lake Accotink Park, Springfield
  • Lake Fairfax Park, Reston
  • Merrybrook Run Stream Valley Park, Fairfax -- April 20, 2019
  • Providence RECenter, Falls Church -- April 5, 2019
  • Riverbend Park, Great Falls -- April 13, 2019
  • Scott’s Run Nature Preserve, McLean -- April 13, 2019
  • Sully Historic Site, Chantilly

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.

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.