Environmental Volunteers Overview

Nature Volunteers

Reston is often praised for its trails, lakes and landscape. To preserve Reston’s natural beauty, regular maintenance is essential. Consider supporting habitat restoration, watershed cleanups and other workday projects by signing up for an upcoming opportunity. Opportunities include Habitat Heroes, stream monitoring, watershed cleanups, Walker Nature Center assistance and other workdays.

Habitat Heroes

The Habitat Heroes program restores spots throughout Reston that are threatened by invasive overgrowth. Volunteers join in on the monthly project to remove plants like oriental bittersweet, Chinese wisteria, Japanese honeysuckle, bush honeysuckle, bamboo and garlic mustard.
Invasive plants:

- Out-compete beneficial native plants
- Replace native food and habitat that birds and other wildlife depend upon
- Eliminate host plants for native insects such as butterflies
- Disrupt pollination process
- Encourage native plants to reproduce

RA needs volunteers to help rescue Reston’s beautiful parkland from aggressive plants. We meet the fourth Saturday of each month from 10 a.m.-noon during the months of March-November, except August.

Workday photos: Habitat Heroes

Workdays 2019

Click here and select "Environmental Resource/Habitat Heroes" on the left bar for dates and how to pre-register

Stream Monitoring

Summer provides a great opportunity for us to get out and be in nature. What better way to do this than to get your feet wet in one of Reston’s streams? RA welcomes new volunteers to assist with stream monitoring at several locations.

Get involved with a small team to collect data and identify insects with the goal of assessing the health of Reston’s stream.

If interested, join our volunteer monitor email distribution list to receive notices o upcoming monitoring dates. Email gstewart@reston.org with the message “add me to the stream monitors list” to begin receiving emails.

Stream Monitoring

Click here and select "Environmental Resource/Stream Monitoring" on the left bar for dates and how to pre-register.

Walker Nature Center Volunteers

The Walker Nature Center seeks volunteers to pull invasive species, welcome desk, Nature House assistance, Nature House 5K, bird box monitors, wildlife counts, Earth Day projects, Halloween House event and more.

Search for Volunteer Opportunities

Please refer to the Volunteer Reston Opportunities Overview page for application and registration information.

For more information, contact Ha Brock, Volunteer Reston Manager, at ha@reston.org or 703-435-7986.