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Friends of Reston



Established in 1999, Friends of Reston for Community Projects, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Its mission is to support Reston Association in performing charitable, educational and scientific purposes.


Friends of Reston raised over $1.5M for the funding of its flagship project, Nature House. Nature House is a year-round environmental education building located at the Walker Nature Center on Glade Drive. The building opened in November of 2009. It is LEED Gold certified by the U.S. Green Building Council. Other projects include funding for:

Current Projects

  • RA Camps Scholarship Program
  • Nature House facility enhancements
  • Cedar Ridge Community Garden
  • Adopt-A-Bench Program for recreation areas and pathways
  • Adopt-A-Recycling Bin Program for recreation areas
  • Stream monitoring in Snakeden Branch with South Lakes High School
  • Traveling Nature Trunks loaned to Reston schools
  • Habitat restoration and invasive exotic plant removal
  • Tree planting
  • RA Tennis Scholarship Program

Past Projects

  • Demonstration Stormwater Management Trail at Brown’s Chapel Park
  • Wildflower plantings along Reston’s roadways
  • Bluebird Nest Boxes
  • Refreshments for Senior Movie Day
  • Educational signage for Reston’s meadows
  • Specialized wheelchairs for RA facilities
  • Support for Life Guard Olympics

Storytelling Night Raises Funds for RA Camps Scholarships
Many thanks to the Better Said Than Done storytellers who volunteered to do two shows for Friends of Reston at Nature House on Saturday, June 2, 2012. The shows featured entertaining performances of true stories about the things we do, good and bad, with our own bodies. Better Said Than Done has been voted "Best Performance Act" in Virginia by Virginia Living Magazine. To see videos of their performances, got to

The event raised nearly $1,000 to help send financially needy children to camp this summer. If you would like to make a donation to the camp scholarship fund, donations are gratefully received at the address on this page. Please write “Camp Scholarship” in the memo section of your check.

9th Annual 5K Fund Run & Walk To Benefit Nature House
The 5K Fund Run was held on Saturday, April 21. A total of 154 people, ages 4-88, participated in the event, which raised almost $5,000 for Nature House, the year-round education building at the Walker Nature Education Center.

Many thanks to our major sponsors: Active Duty Fitness for Women; Bonzai Sports; The Business Bank; Chadwick, Washington, Moriarty, Elmore & Bunn, PC; Reston Association; Richard P. Slater Financial Planning Services; SunTrust Bank; Wetland Studies and Solutions; and Whole Foods Market-Reston.

Board of Directors

Ellen Douglas, President
Bonnie Haukness, Vice President
Jessica Piscitelli Robinson, Secretary
David Hopkins, Treasurer

Katie Shaw, Executive Director

Aurelia Dinoso
Nancy Herwig
Ray Leonhard

Ken Knueven (Ex-Officio)
Milton Matthews (Ex-Officio)

Life Directors

Bill Bouie
Jim Cleveland
Joe Ritchey
Pam Tobey
Chuck Veatch
Vicky Wingert

Donate with the Verizon Velocity Program
Will you be ordering new Verizon phone, Internet or television services? Provide the Friends of Reston’s code 14050 to the Verizon representative and up to $65 will be donated at no extra cost to you. Renewals and upgrades do not qualify. Click here for details.

Participation in the Verizon Velocity program does not indicate an endorsement of Verizon services.

Contact Us

Katie Shaw, 
Executive Director

Friends of Reston
12001 Sunrise Valley Drive
Reston, VA 20191-3404

Phone: (703) 435-6510
Fax: (703) 935-5675
View our blog.

If you would like to make a tax deductible donation, please make checks payable to Friends of Reston and indicate if you are contributing towards a specific project (e.g. Nature House, benches, camp scholarships). Thank you for your generosity.
Federal Tax ID # 54-1963597