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Nature Overview

Nature Overview

Nature and the Environment in Reston

Reston is a community founded on the preservation and appreciation of natural areas. To this day, a strong environmental stewardship ethic is nurtured in the community. Over 1,300 acres of open space are maintained by Reston Association including:

  • 800 acres of woodlands
  • Four lakes
  • Four wetlands
  • Three ponds
  • 50 meadows
  • 20 miles of streams

Programs are provided by the Walker Nature Center, and ample opportunities exist for volunteers to help care for our local environment. Explore, protect and enjoy the nature of Reston. For more information on WNC programs, please go to the RA WebTrac website.

reston annual state of the Environment Report

The 2017 Reston Annual State of the Environment Report (RASER) was accepted by the Reston Association Board of Directors in July 2017. The report, produced by the Environmental Advisory Committee, evaluates the state and management of Reston's environment.

The nine-member RASER working group spent over 1,000 combined volunteer hours compiling data, drafting report sections and editing the 187-page document. RASER's Executive Summary and chapters can be read or downloaded by clicking on the links to the right. Via the last link, the full report is also readable or downloadable as one document.

RASER has five objectives:
• Summarize existing quantitative environmental data for the Reston community in one publicly accessible document.
• Establish an environmental baseline that can be re-assessed annually to facilitate the identification of environmental trends and to evaluate the efficacy of environmental improvement and conservation programs and initiatives.
• Provide relevant and timely environmental information that can help RA and its Board of Directors in shaping future policy and programs.
• Help educate and inform Reston residents and other interested parties about Reston’s environmental health.
• Create a living document that can be revised and expanded as deemed appropriate to meet future environmental challenges and information needs.

Contact Us

General Nature Questions - Walker Nature Center
703-476-9689 (main line)


WNC Facility Rentals

Pam Findley, Nature Center Specialist


WNC Special Request Programs

Abby Stocking, Naturalist


WNC Preschool, School & Nature Camp Programs

Kelly Michienzi, Environmental Education Supervisor


Natural Areas Management & Wildlife Issues

Claudia Thompson-Deahl, Sr. Manager of Environmental Resources


Tree Issues on RA Property

Keith Kanzler, Arborist


Natural Areas Violations & Garden Plots

Brian Kayhart, Environmental Resource Supervisor


Lakes, Ponds & Streams

William Peterson, Watershed Manager