Land Conservation starts with Caring for the Land

Volunteer opportunities throughout the year

a 2016 stream cleanup All are welcome to volunteer their time, energy and enthusiasm in restoring habitats in Northern Virginia. NVCT holds numerous volunteer events each year, including invasive plant removals, tree plantings, trash removals, and much more.

Removing harmful invasive plants from the ecosystem, picking up litter, and planting trees helps keep our communities beautiful and healthy places to live. The Trust provides gloves, equipment, and any necessary training. No experience required!



Recent Clean-ups

Hunting Creek Kayak CleanupKayak Cleanup on Hunting Creek, Alexandria
Twenty people in 13 kayaks and canoes cleaned up an amazing amount of trash in the Hunting Creek estuary, upstream from the bridge on the GW Parkway. NVCT owns a wetlands property where Hunting Creek and Cameron meet, just before flowing into the Potomac. It is one of the last remaining tidal wetlands in the city, and conserves an important migrating bird habitat, with more than 100 species sighted on or in the vicinity of the property. The event was  co-sponsored by NVCT and Friends of Dyke Marsh as part of Virginia Public Lands Day. See the photo gallery on Google Photos.


Four Mile Run Clean the Bay Day group webClean-up at Four Mile Run Park, Alexandria
The park — and all of Northern Virginia — is part of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. This event is one of many Clean the Bay Day events throughout the watershed, and altogether the impact is huge. Since 1989, Clean the Bay day has engaged more than 146,000 volunteers who have removed approximately 6.4 million pounds of debris from nearly 6,900 miles of shoreline in Virginia. That has a big impact on the bay and all the rivers and streams that feed into it!


Earth Day Clean-up in Annandale Community Park

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The second annual cleanup in partnership with the Alice Ferguson Foundation turned out to be a chilly, damp day, but that didn’t stop the efforts to improve the local watershed. The team removed 11 trash bags of debris and filled 7 bags with recyclables. That included shopping carts, mattresses, chairs and more, removing about 800 pounds worth of trash. Many thanks to our hardy volunteers!!