Environmental Resources Overview

Environmental Resources


Reston is well known as a treed community and many residents have said they chose to live in Reston because of the trees and wildlife. A common phrase used to describe Reston is that it is like living in a park. Natural beauty has been a priority throughout Reston’s history. It is the responsibility of the Reston Association to maintain Reston’s natural areas. The association enhances, protects and maintains more than 1,300 acres of open space, including the 72-acre Walker Nature Center, four lakes, three ponds, 19 miles of streams, 800 acres of natural area and about 50 meadows. It is this abundance of green space that makes Reston a very unique community.

RA natural areas are maintained by professional Reston Association staff and supported through the annual RA assessment.

Click here for nature reference materials, which include downloadable brochures and presentation.

Reston BioBlitz

Reston Association is in need of subject matter experts, as well as volunteers who have basic identification skills in using the iNaturalist app, and/or the ability to take digital photos of plants and animals in the field. BioBlitz will focus on identifying the following: birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, insects, mammals, aquatic macroinvertebrates, trees/shrubs, herbaceous meadow plants, nonflowering plants, and lichens/fungi. An orientation will be offered prior to the June 2 BioBlitz. For more information and if you are interested in volunteering, please click here to register on SignupGenius. You may also email pgreenberg@reston.org or call 703-435-6552.

The Reston BioBlitz came out of a recommendation from the Reston Annual State of the Environment Report known as RASER. The goal of the one-day BioBlitz is to record a snapshot of the native animal, plants and fungi found through Reston.