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Adult Programs

For ages 16 years to adult. All programs will be held at the Walker Nature Education Center 11450 Glade Drive, unless otherwise noted.

Programs may be canceled in the event of severe weather, severe weather warnings, or low enrollment. Advance reservations are required for all fee-based programs. Call 703-476-9689 and press "5" for reservations or e-mail

Worm Composting
Sunday, April 27 ∙ 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
$35/bin RA members ∙ $40/bin Non-members.

Ever thought about composting but just don't have the space? Worm composting is a natural method of recycling food waste. It’s so simple and odor free that it can be done anywhere. See an established bin and make one to take home. Learn how to turn your kitchen scraps into rich organic soil and compost tea. Co-sponsored by Reston Community Center. Reservations required by April 24.

Organic Gardening
Sunday, April 27 ∙ 7 - 8 p.m.
$6/person RA members, $8/person Non-members.

Organic gardening uses landscape design and the environment to improve and maximize the health and the development of plants and soil without the use of commercial pesticides and fertilizers. Learn about this mainstay method of sustainable gardening, and bring your questions. Co-sponsored by Reston Community Center and Sustainable Reston. Reservations required by April 24.

Wild Edibles
Sunday, May 4 ∙ 1:30 - 4 p.m.
$7/person RA members ∙ $9/person Non-members.

All food does not have to come from the grocery store. Many naturally occurring plants can make a nutritious and tasty addition to your diet. Sample some "wild" dishes and take home recipes to try on your own. After an indoor presentation that includes the ethics of collecting and how good foraging starts at home, hike the trails in search of edible plants. Each participant will harvest some to take home. Guest Speaker: Lori Thomas. Reservations required by May 2.

Nature Walk: Twin Branches Trail
Saturday, May 17 ∙ 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Twin Branches Trail – Park at Twin Branches Road at Glade Drive.

Join a naturalist for a hike along the renovated Twin Branches Nature Trail to experience its diverse habitats. Discover dragonflies and tiger beetles in a sunny meadow. Find Ebony Jewelwings, water snakes, and other aquatic life along the wooded banks of Snakeden Branch. Look for Mountain Laurel and listen for songbirds (and maybe a Barred Owl) under the shady canopy of the forest. Co-sponsored by Reston Historic Trust. Reservations required by May 14.

Rain Barrel Workshop
Saturday, May 17 ∙ 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
$55 per barrel (Limit 2 per household.)

Rain barrels are a great way to help capture and control stormwater from rooftops, prevent erosion, improve water quality, and conserve water. This workshop is a quick and inexpensive way to recycle a black pickle barrel into a rain barrel for your home. Participants must register and submit payment online at In partnership with Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District, Arlington County, Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment and City of Alexandria. Reservations required by May 14.


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